Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

September 11, 2013

'Grow Your Own' grant to help Putnam County Memorial Hospital

The Daily Iowegian

---- — Putnam County Memorial Hospital has been awarded a “Grow Your Own” grant from the Missouri Hospital Association to help recruit, train and enhance the hospital’s health care workforce in its new inpatient psychiatric unit, known as Transitional Life Solutions. The grant of $50,000 will be used to provide the specialized staff training that is required for such a facility and to provide additional continuing education and other incentives to aid in employee development and retention rates.

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. In addition, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which includes significant changes to payments and health care delivery systems, coupled with new technology such as electronic health records, has increased demand for workers with highly specialized skills.