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      Putnam County Memorial Hospital awarded â??Grow Your Ownâ?? grant

      Putnam County Memorial Hospital awarded "Grow your Own" Grant

      Putnam County Memorial Hospital has been awarded a â??Grow Your Ownâ?? grant from the Missouri Hospital Association. This $50,000 grant will allow the hospital to recruit, train, and enhance workforce in its new inpatient psychiatric unit, known as Transitional Life Solutions.

      â??We are thrilled and thankful to have been awarded this funding from the Missouri Hospital Association. Ultimately, our patients will be the ones who reap the greatest benefits from this grant, as they will have a highly trained staff to serve their needs,â?? said Cindy Cummings, CEO of Putnam County Memorial Hospital.

      The grant will be used to provide specialized staff training, and to provide continuing education and other incentives to aid in employee development and retention rates.

      â??The workforce challenge for Missouri hospitals is two-fold,â?? said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. â??First, hospitals must address the shortage of educated health care workers, including primary care physicians, nurses, therapists and imaging technicians, to meet the expanding demand for care. Second, hospital leaders also must recruit and retain talented individuals to manage increasingly complex health care organizations. The Grow Your Own Grant program allows hospitals to address these challenges with plans that are tailored to the needs of their organizations and the communities they serve.â??

      The aging population, growing number of individuals with chronic conditions and expanded access to health insurance have led to increasing demands on the health care system. These factors and others have generated an urgent need for additional hospital caregivers.

      Additionally, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, coupled with new technology such as electronic health records, has increased demand for workers with highly specialized skills.

      â??Our primary goal has always been to provide our patients with quality health care, and we feel this is another tool that will help us achieve that objective,â?? Cummings said.

      Applications for the Grow Your Own Hospital Grant Program were submitted in July. The recipients were selected by an independent committee composed of representatives from health care, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations with experience in health care grant development and funding processes.