Tim Putnam, DHA, EMT, FACHE

President, Rural Health Consulting LLC; Faculty Member, Medical University of South Carolina

Tim Putnam DHA, EMT, FACHE has worked in the healthcare field since 1983 in the field of laser/minimally invasive surgery research working with the Father of Laser Medicine, Dr. Leon Goldman. Most recently, he has spent the last two decades as CEO at Critical Access Hospitals in both Illinois and Indiana. He received his Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2010 and is currently a member of faculty. He is a past-president of both the National Rural Health Association and Indiana Rural Health Association. A lifelong learner, Dr. Putnam was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in 2015 and worked for his community’s EMS service until 2019. Dr. Putnam frequently lectures nationally on topics related to the improvement of rural healthcare, transition from volume to value, rural Graduate Medical Education, EMS, and health equity. He was appointed by President Biden to the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force where he chaired the Healthcare Access and Quality subcommittee.

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