Symposium Speaker

Tim Putnam

Dr. Tim Putnam

PRESIDENT, Rural Health Consulting

Dr. Tim Putnam, DHA, MBA, EMT, FACHE, has worked in healthcare for forty years, initially in laser/minimally invasive surgery research and served as CEO at community hospitals in Illinois and Indiana for nearly two decades. He received his MBA from the University of Southern Indiana, an honorary Doctorate in Public Health from Marian University and a Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. A lifelong learner, Dr. Putnam received his certification as an emergency medical technician in 2015 and served on is local EMS service for several years. He is past president of both the National Rural Health Association and Indiana Rural Health Association. Previous engagements include an appointments by Governor Mike Pence to chair the Indiana Graduate Medical Education Board and by President Biden to the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, for which he chaired the Healthcare Access and Quality subcommittee. Dr. Putnam lectures nationally on rural healthcare improvement, the transition from volume to value, rural graduate medical education, EMS, and health equity. He recently co-authored the book Healthcare Leadership and Rural Communities and is currently president of Rural Health Consulting and faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina.