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      Putnam County Hospital receives grant

      One Heartland hospital has received a grant to help buy new equipment.

      The Putnam County Hospital Foundation has been awarded a $2,500 grant through the 'America's Farmers Grow Communities Monsanto Fund'. Farmers from across the United States registered for the chance to receive the donation from Monsanto to donate to a local non-profit. Robert Ray Jr. of Putnam County received the grant. The hospital plans to use the grant money to buy equipment for its new surgical center. The center opened in April 2013. The hospital plans to use the grant money to buy a new light for an operating room and also a new bed.

      "Critical access hospitals really struggle to be able to make ends meet, so in order to have this grant awarded to us is really very helpful," said Cindy Cummings, Putnam County Hospital CEO.

      The surgical center at the Putnam County Hospital specializes in a variety of surgeries. Those surgeries include general surgery, orthopedic, pain management and ophthalmology.