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Business Office

The hospital’s business office is responsible for the filing of insurance claims and the collection of co-payments and deductibles. The filing of insurance claims is based on the information provided by the guarantor (the patient, if over 18 years of age, or guardian of a minor) and the insurance carrier at the time of service. Corrections or updates to information provided at the time of service are the responsibility of the guarantor.

Most insurance carriers enforce a filing limit on providers (hospitals, doctor offices, etc.). These limits range from 60 to 180 days based on the carrier’s contract. If updated insurance  information is provided past your carrier’s filing limit, then the claim will not  be filed and the  guarantor is responsible for 100% of medical expenses.

The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays. For questions regarding a payment on an account or an insurance claim, please call 765-658-2719.

For Financial Assistance, please contact our Financial Counsel at 765-658-2757. If you are in need of assistance for your hospital care, we may be able to help. Please bring the following items, along with the completed Charity Care Form with you to your appointment:

  • A copy of your most recent Federal tax form(s) with all schedules,
  • A copy of your most recent three (3) paycheck stubs
  • A copy of your most recent  bank statements for each account

Documents to explain the Financial Assistance Policy and our Financial Assistance application are provided below:

FA POLICY 2016

FA Application 2016

FA PLAIN LANUGUAGE SUMMARY 2016

Online Bill Pay

If you already have a Patient Portal account with Putnam County Hospital, please click the link below.

https://www.mymedicalencounters.com

Don’t have a Patient Portal account?
Putnam County Hospital is excited to offer online bill pay to its patients. Patients will now log on to our Patient Portal for this service.  While on the portal, the patient can pay their bill online or view their patient records.
To sign up for the Patient Portal, please visit the Medical Records Department, located at the Ground Level (basement) of Putnam County Hospital. Face-to-face verification of the person registering for this account is required.
Registration for the Patient Portal also takes place during the registration process at the hospital. The patient is simply asked for their personal email address, and instructions on how to create the account is sent via email.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Putnam County Hospital Patient Portal you can contact our Medical Records Department at 765.655.2590.

PCH Patient Portal

In compliance with the federal government’s Meaningful Use Initiative, all hospitals will be required to electronically provide patients (and/or a patient-authorized user) access to their patient record. Having this electronic access through your personal, secured email will allow you, as the patient, the ability to review your medical record after your stay at Putnam County Hospital. This access provides you with information, including but not limited to, medical procedures completed, medical history, medications taken, allergies, existing or developing medical conditions, etc. You can also download your confidential medical record to your private computer for your personal records, as well as electronically share your record with another medical professional of your choice. Registering to access your medical records electronically will also give you the option to pay your Putnam County Hospital bill online. Putnam County Hospital is excited to offer these convenient services to our patients, and is here to help you through every step of the process.

Upon your discharge from Putnam County Hospital, the email address you shared with us during the registration process will receive an auto-generated email from our electronic health record. This email will direct you to step-by-step instructions on how to access your personal medical record.

You can also sign up for the Patient Portal by visiting Medical Records, located in the Ground Level (basement) of Putnam County Hospital. Face-to-face verification is required.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Putnam County Hospital Patient Portal you can contact our Medical Records Department at 765.655.2590. If you have any questions regarding the Meaningful Use initiative contact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via the website: https://www.cms.gov/ and search “Meaningful Use.”

What if I have questions about my medical records?
If you have questions about your medical records, or feel that an error has been made, please contact Putnam County Hospital’s Medical Records Department at 765.655.2590.

Insurance Information

Putnam County Hospital accepts most major insurances. To verify if Putnam County Hospital is a provider for your service, please call your insurance carrier and verify prior to services being rendered.

Without Insurance? Have Questions?
Are you eligible for HIP 2.0? Go to http://www.in.gov/fssa/hip to learn about the program and who can apply.

For local assistance, Putnam County has navigators that can walk you through the process.

Putnam County Hospital
765.658.2757

Johnson-Nichols Health Clinic
765.653.6171

What is a Chaplain?

The hospital Chaplain plays a vital role in the healthcare available at Putnam County Hospital. Chaplain Charles Ron Turner is available 24-hours a day and provides pastoral care, crisis intervention and spiritual support for patients and staff.

But, a chaplain can be more than a spiritual guide; he is often an understanding friend and confidant. Chaplain Turner can provide a listening ear for staff when they face professional and personal problems. Sometimes, just having someone who can objectively listen can be the greatest benefit.

Chaplain Turner, an engineer by trade, has an unconventional background for a chaplain. He completed a five-year engineering apprenticeship in Birmingham, England and served in the British Army. He then completed a bachelors of science in mechanical engineering at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in London. He furthered his studies in California, Indiana, and New York, completing a variety of courses. Turner has special interest in the arts and in various religious faiths. He attended the Living Word School of Ministry in 1990. Turner was an active member of the Living Word Church in Frankfort until he and his wife Pat moved to Greencastle. Turner has a strong Christian faith and a desire to assist those dealing with crisis.

Chaplaincy at Putnam County Hospital

Since 1982 area clergy and church lay members of Putnam County have band together to provide a Spiritual Care Ministry for the Putnam County Hospital. This Board Association established a not-for-profit organization fully supported by area churches, the United Way of Putnam County, and as of 2007, has been blessed with funding from the Hospital Administration matching what is given by the area churches.

The Chaplain’s Board is responsible for selecting a qualified hospital chaplain to insure that PCH patients receive the hospital’s goal for holistic care. The first and most recognized chaplain was the late Chaplain Bill Staley. Many still remember the vital ministry that Chaplain Staley gave to this community for 12-plus years. Following Chaplain Staley was Reverend Mike Bristol of Cloverdale, Reverend Brice Fenning of Heritage Lake, Reverend Steve Williams of Greencastle, and currently Reverend Charles Ron Turner of Greencastle.

If you would like to speak with Chaplain Charles Ron Turner, please feel free to contact him by calling the hospital at 765-653-5121.

Chapel Dedication

In 2006-2007 Putnam County Hospital began an interior renovation project that moved several departments to new and better locations. In this process, the hospital Chapel area was removed from the third floor. Since then, there have been several requests for a place of solace for patients, their families and the hospital staff. Chaplain Williams was given permission to locate a temporary space.

The new temporary chapel is located on the south hall of the fourth floor. It has become a community work project in progress! The hospital maintenance department has built a dividing wall, hung a beautiful wall mural of a flowing waterfall, and placed a simulated skylight in the center of the room. Other staff members have donated paint, carpet, and signs for directions to the chapel. The hospital Guild donated a church pew and two chairs. An individual outside the hospital donated a pulpit, and since Chaplain Williams has made one wall a display of crosses, there have been a number of individuals who have contributed to that collection.

The Chapel was dedicated on Friday, August 22, 2008 and is now open and available for use by patients and their families, visitors and staff.

Dietitians

Putnam County Hospital has two Registered Dietitians on staff who offer scientifically based, objective nutritional information. This information is not subject to current fads and wild claims. They provide the personal qualities and experience you can trust to help you achieve your goals in weight loss or any other dietary need.

Cafeteria Information

The cafeteria is located on the Ground Floor.  Cafeteria meals are served daily between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Guest meals are $4 and include an entrée, two sides, a dessert/salad/fruit, bread and a beverage.  Vending machines are also available at all hours in the Cafeteria and on the first floor in the Main Lobby and Surgery Center Lobby.

Nutritional Services

www.choosemyplate.gov

www.in.gov/inshape/

The Hospital Gift Shop is located inside the Main Entrance of the Hospital.  The Gift Shop is fully operated by the Hospital Guild.

Guild

The Guild has been serving the hospital long before the move to the current location in 1979. Today they stock and operate the gift shop located to the right of the hospital’s main information desk and they periodically organize special sales. All proceeds from these events find their way to either the Putnam County Health Careers Scholarship Fund housed at the Community Foundation or to answer special needs the hospital may have. Aside from sales, Guild members make rounds in the hospital with the “cheer cart”, work in the therapy department, lab, medical records and the business office, to mention just a few. Membership is open to those who apply and successfully pass the required criminal background check, a tuberculin skin test, and complete a general hospital orientation session. Guild members volunteer 5,000+ hours annually at the hospital.

If you would like to become a Guild Volunteer, please see a Guild member in the Hospital Gift Shop or complete the membership application.

If you would like to submit a request for the information desk, please complete the form below.  Once we receive your submission, a representative will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

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Putnam County Hospital’s Maintenance department strives to achieve and sustain a safe, healthy and healing environment for all patients, visitors and associates.

The Maintenance staff is responsible for maintenance work orders, preventative maintenance, building repairs, equipment repairs, grounds keeping, maintaining hospital safety equipment and completing regular hospital safety inspections. In addition, the department is also responsible for behind the scenes items such as managing the mechanical and utility systems.

If there is a safety or mechanical concern in your room, please tell your nurse so it can be taken care of as soon as possible. Jeff Mace, Director of Plant Operations, can also be reached directly at 765-658-2743. Our goal is to provide you with the most comfortable and best healing environment possible.

Medical Records Department is here to assist patients and their families get the medical information that occurred during a visit to Putnam County Hospital. If you need assistance, come see us and we will help you in any way that we can. We have a copy of a Release of Information form that you can fill out prior to visiting us, this will help speed up the process. You also have the option of faxing it to us, please give us a call to confirm that we have received it. Please allow us 24 business hours to complete your request. Also keep in mind that you will need a photo ID when getting your records, we want to make sure we are giving the information to the correct person.

For further information, contact Katie L. Bennett, RHIA, Director of Medical Records/Privacy Officer by emailing kbennett@pchosp.org or calling  765-658-2717.

Release of Information Form

Complaint Form

Request to Amend Medical Record

 

PCH Patient Portal

In compliance with the federal government’s Meaningful Use Initiative, all hospitals will be required to electronically provide patients (and/or a patient-authorized user) access to their patient record. Having this electronic access through your personal, secured email will allow you, as the patient, the ability to review your medical record after your stay at Putnam County Hospital. This access provides you with information, including but not limited to, medical procedures completed, medical history, medications taken, allergies, existing or developing medical conditions, etc. You can also download your confidential medical record to your private computer for your personal records, as well as electronically share your record with another medical professional of your choice. Registering to access your medical records electronically will also give you the option to pay your Putnam County Hospital bill online. Putnam County Hospital is excited to offer these convenient services to our patients, and is here to help you through every step of the process.

Upon your discharge from Putnam County Hospital, the email address you shared with us during the registration process will receive an auto-generated email from our electronic health record. This email will direct you to step-by-step instructions on how to access your personal medical record.

You can also sign up for the Patient Portal by visiting Medical Records, located in the Ground Level (basement) of Putnam County Hospital. Face-to-face verification is required.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Putnam County Hospital Patient Portal you can contact our Medical Records Department at 765.655.2590. If you have any questions regarding the Meaningful Use initiative contact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via the website: https://www.cms.gov/ and search “Meaningful Use.”

What if I have questions about my medical records?
If you have questions about your medical records, or feel that an error has been made, please contact Putnam County Hospital’s Medical Records Department at 765.655.2590.

Terms and Conditions of Use for the hospital provided public wifi service:

Please read the following information carefully before using this service.  You may not use the service without accepting these Terms and Conditions.  These “Terms and Conditions of Use”, govern your rights and responsibilities and our rights and responsibilities relating to the use of the public Wi-Fi access at PCH.

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions of Use

BY CLICKING ON “I agree” ON THE PCH PUBLIC WIFI ACCESS PAGE, YOU REPRESENT that:

1. YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT AND

2. YOU ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE.

If you do not agree to the terms of this Agreement, you may not use the Wi-Fi System.  Your electronic acceptance of the Agreement by clicking on “I agree” on the welcome page has the same effect as if you had actually signed the Agreement. The effective date of this Agreement is the date that you click on “I agree”.

Description of Wi-Fi System/Service Availability:

PCH will provide access to the Wi-Fi System at locations that have been equipped with wireless access points.  Access points may or may not be available in all areas of PCH, and may not always be operational.

Fee for Wi-Fi System:

The Wi-Fi system at PCH is provided “free of charge” as a value added service to the patients, visitors, and business partners of Putnam County Hospital.  Usage may be subject to participation in a short online survey.

Access to Internet:

PCH does not screen or restrict access to any content placed on or accessible through the Internet.  PCH also does not screen or restrict communications between parties via the Internet.  You acknowledge that if you access the Internet you may receive or be exposed to content, goods or services which you consider to be improper, inaccurate, misleading, defamatory, obscene or otherwise offensive.  You agree that PCH is not liable for any action or inaction with respect to any such content on the Internet accessible through the Wi-Fi System.

Your Responsibilities:

You must (1) provide all equipment (including computer hardware and software, personal digital assistants, wireless network cards, etc.) to connect to the Wi-Fi System, (2) comply with local, state, federal and international laws and regulations, including but not limited to copyright and intellectual property rights laws. You agree to be responsible for and to bear all risk and consequences for (1) the accuracy, completeness, reliability and/or usefulness of any content available through the Wi-Fi System and (2) all communications that you send or receive via the Wi-Fi System.  PCH does not undertake the security of any data you send through the Wi-Fi System and it is your responsibility to secure such data.

Acceptable Use Policy:

All users of the Wi-Fi System must comply with this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). This AUP is intended to prevent unacceptable uses of the internet.  PCH does not actively monitor the use of the Wi-Fi System under normal circumstances.  Similarly we do not exercise editorial control or review the content of any Web site, electronic mail transmission, newsgroup or other material created or accessible over or through the Wi-Fi System.  However, we may remove, block, filter or restrict by any other means any materials that, in our sole discretion, may be illegal, may subject PCH to liability or may violate this AUP. PCH may cooperate with legal authorities and/or third parties in the investigation of any suspected or alleged crime or civil wrong.  Violation of this AUP may result in the suspension or termination of your access to the Wi-Fi System.

The following constitute examples of violations of this AUP.

You agree to not use the Wi-Fi System to:

(1) Transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;

(2) Harm, or attempt to harm, minors in any way;

(3) Impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any material transmitted through the Wi-Fi System;

(4) Transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under non disclosure agreements);

(5) Transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;

(6) Transmit (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes” or any other form of solicitation;

(7) Transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;

(8) Interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service;

(9) Intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any regulations having the force of law;

(10) “Stalk” or otherwise harass another; or collect or store, or attempt to collect or store, personal data about third parties without their knowledge or consent;

(11) Resell the Wi-Fi System without PCH’s authorization;

(12) Use the Wi-Fi System for high volume data transfers, especially sustained high volume data transfers, hosting a web server, IRC server, Bit Torrents, P2P, any file sharing services  or any other type of server.

You understand and agree that PCH may disclose your communications and activities using the Wi-Fi System in response to lawful requests by governmental authorities, including Patriot Act requests, and judicial orders.

PCH requests that anyone who believes that there is a violation of this AUP occurring, to direct the information to dfisher@pchosp.org and include “WIFI” in the subject line.  If available, please provide the following information:

(1) the IP address used to commit the alleged violation;

(2) the date and time of the alleged violation, including the time zone;

(3) evidence of the alleged violation; and

(4) your contact details including full name, email address and telephone number.

When reporting an issue regarding unsolicited email please provide a copy of the email messages with full headers which typically provides all of the above data.  Other situations will require different methods of providing the necessary information.

Termination:

You agree that PCH may terminate this Agreement and cancel your access to the Wi-Fi System at any time, without notice and for any reason including, but not limited to, violation of any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, security or safety reasons, and/or using the Wi-Fi System to perform any illegal activity.  You further agree that in the event of termination for any reason, PCH will have no liability to you.

Notice of Problems or Complaints:

If you experience a problem accessing or using the Wi-Fi System, report the problem by calling extension 2999 or by emailing dfisher@pchosp.org and include “WIFI” in the subject line.

Modifications:

PCH may, at its sole discretion, modify the terms and conditions of this Agreement, including the AUP, at any time.  Such modifications shall be binding and effective upon posting on the Wi-Fi System ‘welcome’ page.  By continuing to use the Wi-Fi System after such postings, you accept and agree to any and all such modifications.

Indemnification:

You shall defend, indemnify and hold PCH and its corporate affiliates and their respective officers, directors, stockholders, employees, contractors, agents, successors and assigns harmless from and against, and shall promptly reimburse them for, any and all losses, claims, damages, settlements, costs, and liabilities of any nature whatsoever (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) to which any of them may become subject arising out of, based upon, as a result of, or in any way connected with, your use of the Wi-Fi System or any breach of this Agreement.

No Warranty

THE WI-FI SYSTEM IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND.  PCH DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR-FREE, OR FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.  PCH MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND CUSTOMER WAIVES ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE REGARDING ANY MERCHANDISE, INFORMATION OR SERVICE PROVIDED THROUGH PCH OR THE INTERNET GENERALLY.  CUSTOMER EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THERE ARE, AND ASSUMES ALL RESPONSIBILITY RELATED TO, THE SECURITY, PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY RISKS INHERENT IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY AND PCH DOES NOT MAKE ANY ASSURANCES OR WARRANTIES RELATING TO SUCH RISKS.  NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION GIVEN BY PCH OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY.

Limitation of Liability

PCH, ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, VENDORS, AND LICENSORS ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY COSTS OR DAMAGES ARISING, EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM YOUR USE OF THE WI-FI SYSTEM OR THE INTERNET, SPECIFICALLY INCLUDING ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, MULTIPLE, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.

Please direct any questions to Jon Hull, Director, Information Technologies/Hospital Security Officer, by emailing jhull@pchosp.org or calling 765.655.2628.

At Putnam County Hospital we are striving to make your healthcare experience a positive one. We have a centralized location for scheduling necessary tests here at the hospital to make it easy and convenient for you, the patient.

Our Central Scheduling department is ready to assist you in making arrangements for:

  • Barium Enema
  • Barium Swallow
  • Biopsies
  • Bone Density Scans
  • Cardiolyte Stress Tests
  • CT Scans
  • Echocardiograms
  • Fluoroscopy
  • IVP
  • Mammograms
  • MRI
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • PICC Line
  • Small Bowel Follow Through
  • Stress Echocardiograms
  • UGI
  • Ultrasounds

Simply call 765-658-2760 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The office staff will help to prepare you with Pre-Registration, Procedure Instructions, and Insurance Information. Please have the written order from your physician, your insurance information, and personal information ready when you call.

Central Scheduling is located inside the Main Entrance of the Hospital next door to the Business Office.

Registration

Registration at Putnam County Hospital is located in the main lobby of the hospital.  The department registers for the Emergency Room, Labs, Radiology and Nursing Services.  This is the opportunity to get the information we need to file your insurance for the payment of your visit.  We like for you to bring a picture ID, and  your current Insurance cards with the date of birth of the person who carries the policy.

PCH Patient Portal

In compliance with the federal government’s Meaningful Use Initiative, all hospitals will be required to electronically provide patients (and/or a patient-authorized user) access to their patient record. Having this electronic access through your personal, secured email will allow you, as the patient, the ability to review your medical record after your stay at Putnam County Hospital. This access provides you with information, including but not limited to, medical procedures completed, medical history, medications taken, allergies, existing or developing medical conditions, etc. You can also download your confidential medical record to your private computer for your personal records, as well as electronically share your record with another medical professional of your choice. Registering to access your medical records electronically will also give you the option to pay your Putnam County Hospital bill online. Putnam County Hospital is excited to offer these convenient services to our patients, and is here to help you through every step of the process.

Upon your discharge from Putnam County Hospital, the email address you shared with us during the registration process will receive an auto-generated email from our electronic health record. This email will direct you to step-by-step instructions on how to access your personal medical record.

You can also sign up for the Patient Portal by visiting Medical Records, located in the Ground Level (basement) of Putnam County Hospital. Face-to-face verification is required.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Putnam County Hospital Patient Portal you can contact our Medical Records Department at 765.655.2590. If you have any questions regarding the Meaningful Use initiative contact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via the website: https://www.cms.gov/ and search “Meaningful Use.”

What if I have questions about my medical records?
If you have questions about your medical records, or feel that an error has been made, please contact Putnam County Hospital’s Medical Records Department at 765.655.2590.

Overview

“What do I do now?” is often asked after people have experienced a cardiac event. It can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. Putnam County Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness program is designed to help you develop strategies for a positive recovery. Through a medically supervised education and exercise program, patients can minimize the effects of heart disease on their daily lives and reduce the risk for future heart problems. Our program includes exercise, education and emotional support. A component in your emotional recovery is the support and camaraderie shared with other rehab participants. As patients exercise together, they share experiences and concerns, and encourage each other as they move forward to becoming their personal best.

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness staff also assists physicians in completing a variety of diagnostic cardiac tests and monitors.

For more information regarding our Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness program and services, you may call 1-765-655-2580.

Cardiac Rehab Patients

Phase II Patient

Phase II is a monitored exercise program which typically includes 24-36 visits. This program is designed to assist the patient in regaining strength and endurance after a cardiac event. The Phase II program includes:

  • Dietary consult
  • Diabetes education
  • Pharmacy consult

Phase III Patient

Phase III is an elective phase, where the patient exercises on his or her own. Nurses continue to monitor blood pressure, heart rate and weight. The cost of the Phase III program is $40 a month.

Monitors and Testing

Event Monitors

Event monitors are special recorders which can be worn for many days. When symptoms such as dizziness or irregular heartbeats occur, the patient presses a button which activates a recording of the heart rhythm. This type of testing is especially useful when symptoms are rare, or when they could not be recorded with a Holter Monitor.

Holter Monitors

A special tape recorder is typically worn for 24 hours. It records each heartbeat for that period. It is particularly helpful in evaluating patients suspected of having abnormal heart rhythms or who have symptoms such as dizziness and/or fainting.

Nuclear Stress Testing

Nuclear scans are intended to evaluate the function of the heart muscle and/or the blood flow to the heart muscle. A very small, safe amount of radioactive material (isotope) is injected into the blood stream. As the isotope travels to the heart, a special camera records the radioactivity in the form of images which are stored in a computer. This testing may or may not involve your walking on a treadmill. Your physician will determine which type of testing is appropriate for you.

Pharmacological (Exercise) Stress Test

A stress test is a very useful screening procedure that is conducted while you exercise. It measures how well your heart functions under the stress of physical activity. Progressive exercise increases the heart’s demand for blood and oxygen. The stress test provides more specific information than a resting electrocardiogram (EKG) about how your heart and coronary arteries are functioning.

A Pharmacological Stress Test could also be used for those persons not able to walk on the treadmill. This test would include placement of an IV with an injection of an agent that increases your heart rate to determine your heart’s ability to function under stress.

Stress Echocardiogram

This procedure is performed to evaluate your heart muscle performance with exercise. It combines ultrasound images of the heart with walking on a treadmill. EKG patches will be applied to your chest which will monitor your heart rate and rhythm during the procedure.

Other Services

Diabetes Educator Consult: Annette Handy – 765-653-5121 ext 2283

Dietitian Consult: Jamie Downen – 765-658-1405

Pharmacy Consult: Kyle Johnson – 765-658-2751

Forms

Exercise Stress Test

A stress test is a very useful screening procedure that is conducted while you exercise. It measures how well your heart functions under the stress of physical activity. Progressive exercise increases the heart’s demand for blood and oxygen. The stress test provides more specific information than a resting electrocardiogram (EKG) about how your heart and coronary arteries are functioning.

A Pharmacological Stress Test could also be used for those persons not able to walk on the treadmill. This test would include placement of an IV with an injection of an agent that increases your heart rate to determine your heart’s ability to function under stress.

Pharmacological Stress Test

Nuclear scans are intended to evaluate the function of the heart muscle and/or the blood flow to the heart muscle. A very small, safe amount of radioactive material (isotope) is injected into the blood stream. As the isotope travels to the heart, a special camera records the radioactivity in the form of images which are stored in a computer. This testing may or may not involve your walking on a treadmill. Your physician will determine which type of testing is appropriate for you.

Stress Echocardiogram-This procedure is performed to evaluate your heart muscle performance with exercise. It combines ultrasound images of the heart with walking on a treadmill. EKG patches will be applied to your chest which will monitor your heart rate and rhythm during the procedure.

For more information regarding our Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness program and services, you may call:

Diabetes Consult: Annette Handy – 765-655-2283
Jamie Downen – 765-658-1405
Kyle Johnson – 765-658-2751

Putnam County Hospital is proud to bring big-city specialty services to our hometown; keeping our community healthy and close to home.

Audiology
Whisper Hearing Center
800.540.2156
http://whisperhearingcenters.com/

Cardiology
Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians
Dr. Michael D. Barron
Dr. Ryan P. Daly
Dr. Sree K. Paleru
Dr. Derrick J. Plahn
Dr. Vijay U. Rao
800.992.2081
http://www.franciscanalliance.org/fpn/locations/indiana-heart-physicians/pages/default.aspx

Providence Medical Group
Dr. Jean Yacoub
812.232.8164
http://provmed.com/cardiology/yacoub.html

Dermatology
Dermatology, Inc.
Dr. John Stephens
800.969.5708
http://www.dermatologyinc.com/

Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)
Dr. Clem McDonald
800.540.2156

Nephrology (Kidney/HTN)
Dr. Nancy Baird
Dr. Richard Bloch
Dr. Barry Krieble
877.333.3435

Hendricks Nephrology
Dr. Robert Fialkow
Dr. Jared Fialkow
317.670.3550
http://www.hendricksnephrology.com/

Podiatry
Dr. Irwin Malament
800.395.6409

Pulmonary
Dr. Anad Bhuptani
Dr. Ajay Deshpande
812.234.6053

Great care is just a phone call away. Call today to set up an appointment and be on your way to a healthier you with Putnam County Hospital and our specialists.

Diabetes Information

Did you know that 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8% of the population, are living with diabetes? Alarmingly, 1/3 of those individuals are unaware that they have the disease! Putnam County Hospital recognizes the importance to support our communities with programs to help identify and support those with diabetes and to educate people regarding best health choices to assist in their prevention of diabetes.

Self-Management Education

The Diabetes Self-Management Education program of Putnam County Hospital is designed to provide the community with a resource for education and support to allow individuals and families in Greencastle, Cloverdale, Bainbridge, Reelsville and surrounding areas with diabetes to live to their greatest level of individual independence and wellness.

The DSME program includes team guidance from a Registered Nurse, Registered Dietitian and Rehabilitation Services staff. A physician order is required for program services which include, but are not limited to, self-management education, medication/insulin instruction, nutrition counseling, diabetes foot screening, continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pump support.

To find out when the next education group class will be, visit our community calendar or call Central Scheduling at 765.658.2791.

Dietary

Putnam County Hospital has two Registered Dietitians on staff who offer scientifically based, objective nutritional information. This information is not subject to current fads and wild claims. They provide the personal qualities and experience you can trust to help you achieve your goals in weight loss or any other dietary need.

Helpful Links

American Diabetes Association  – www.diabetes.org

Indiana State Dept of Health Diabetes Prevention & Control Program – www.state.in.us/isdh/programs/diabetes

The purpose of our Emergency Department is to serve the critically ill and seriously injured patients as well as those who require immediate healthcare attention. All patients are cared for using a triage method, which means caring for life-threatening conditions first and then caring for patients with more stable conditions.

The technology the department has to offer is of the highest standards and available to the ED physician to use at his/her discretion. These tools are available to help in attaining the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for the patient.  The ED Team strives to provide the highest quality of care possible in the most expedited manner. We pride ourselves in keeping your visit length as short as possible while providing you with the highest level of treatment and emergency care. (Visit lengths will vary depending on patient condition and department load.)

Putnam County Hospital is proud of the Emergency Department services that we provide to our community. Our staff is committed to meeting your emergency needs. Please know – YOU are in good hands should an emergency arise!

For more information on our Emergency Department, click here.

Laboratory

The Putnam County Hospital laboratory staff looks forward to providing laboratory services to you in the future. For additional information, please contact the Laboratory Manager at (765) 655-2603.

Routine Lab Work

Services and testing available include: General and Special Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Serology, Urinalysis, Microbiology and Blood Bank.

Drug Screens

Coming soon!

Accreditation

COLA has awarded our laboratory full accreditation for all areas of testing. COLA is a worldwide organization that sets standards for laboratory performance. Each year, 36 separate proficiency tests are performed that confirm the accuracy of the lab work performed at Putnam County Hospital. Every two years, COLA confirms the excellence of testing in our laboratory through an in-depth, on-site inspection of the quality of testing being performed.

Inpatient Services

Intensive Care

Our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is designed to care for critically ill patients requiring more intensive monitoring by our  compassionate nursing staff. Our staff is trained to care for those patients with more complex health needs and look forward to providing the quality care that these patients and their families need.

Swing Bed

Putnam County Hospital Swingbed Program is designed for those patients unable to care for themselves and requiring additional therapy and/or care prior to discharge. Patients admitted to the Swingbed Program remain on the Med/Surg Unit to receive the additional care and therapy. Additional activities for these patients are coordinated by the Activity Director with their interests and abilities taken into consideration. Patients must meet certain Medicare guidelines to be admitted into the program. Occasionally, commercial insurance policies will provide for skilled nursing in a swing bed program and will recommend the program for persons needing further rehabilitation.

Medical / Surgical Unit

Putnam County Hospital’s Medical/Surgical Unit provides quality care for patients of all ages with a wide range of acute and/or chronic illnesses. Patients requiring a shorter length of stay for evaluation or testing purposes, as well as those who require surgery are included on Med/Surg or observation unit. Cardiac telemetry monitoring is also provided for those who may need it during their stay.

At Putnam County Hospital, we understand that children are not just small adults. They require individualized appropriate care by staff experienced and trained to care for pediatric patients. We provide that care for the pediatric population on both the Med-Surg and Intensive Care Units.

Patient Rights

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Nursing Services

Nursing Services at Putnam County Hospital provides services for patients needing procedures such as injections, transfusions, IV antibiotics and hydration therapy. It provides a warm caring atmosphere close to home to receive the treatment needed without having to travel. Our nursing services are staffed by our acute care nursing staff who are trained in these procedures.

Quality Care and Patient Safety

Putnam County Hospital recognizes that you have choices regarding where you receive your health care services. We strive to ensure that when you give us the privilege to serve you, it will be the best possible experience. Part of our service excellence is ensuring that you receive high quality and safe care. For this reason, Putnam County Hospital continuously works to improving our delivery of care.

Your safety is our primary concern. We are continually looking at manners to enhance a safe environment. Putnam County Hospital voluntarily participates in national programs which serve to improve safety and decrease risk for harm while you or your loved one is in our care. Some of our initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • Infection Prevention
  • Fall Prevention
  • Elimination of Medication Errors
  • Proper Patient Identification
  • Improved Communication

Putnam County Hospital knows it is important for you to have useful and accurate information when selecting a provider for your healthcare. We believe in being transparent, open and honest about the quality of care we provide our patients and our continuous efforts to improve that care.

Putnam County Hospital voluntarily gathers and reports data in accordance to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Hospitals participating in this initiative report data in several areas, including acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), congestive heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention. CMS has established criteria to help hospitals improve the quality of care provided to patients with these diagnoses. This information allows us to evaluate how we can continuously improve to better serve you.

Every member of the Putnam County Hospital team contributes and is committed to continuously improving the safe delivery of quality care you receive. We appreciate the opportunity to serve as your health care provider of choice and partner with you knowing that at Putnam County Hospital, we will never cease in pursuit of delivering health care with the highest level of excellence.

Radiology

There are many aspects of the Radiology Department at Putnam County Hospital that stand out as being noteworthy for a community the size of Putnam County and the surrounding areas. The Administrator and Board of Directors have been very progressive in ensuring that the best in technology is offered for the imaging needs of our patients.

Our Board Certified team of Radiologists provide coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They bring capabilities to our community usually found only at larger facilities.

The highly skilled teams of Radiologic Technologists are all graduates of accredited Radiology Programs, certified by the State of Indiana and maintain yearly-continued education requirements that allow them to keep abreast of the newest techniques as they develop in our profession. Many of our technologists are cross-trained in several imaging modalities. As a result of this cross-training we staff technologists in-house and ready to complete exams at any hour of the day.

The Radiology Department offers a wide range of services in an effort to provide convenience to the local population by allowing them to forego a lengthy drive and day off work to obtain imaging studies necessary for their well being. We work closely with patients many times offering exam times outside of our normal schedules to accommodate their healthcare needs.

The department has recently been recognized by the American College of Radiography for their high level of organization and attention to all aspects of providing CT services. They now enjoy ACR accreditation in the areas of Mammography and Computed Tomography.

To schedule a test, please call 765-658-2760.

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MRI

PCH is proud to offer state of the art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services. Our MRI unit is a High Field Open-Sided configuration, which means that you are not put into an enclosed tube-like structure for your exam. Our Hitachi Altaire Unit uses a 0.7 tesla magnet that creates image quality that is directly comparable to a closed system. This capability is very beneficial to those persons who have struggled with issues such as claustrophobia. MRI exams can be scheduled Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

CT Scan

The hospital is very proud of the capabilities of its Cat Scan department. The Toshiba Aquilion 16 slice whole body scanner is cutting edge technology that allows for very quick and accurate diagnostic scan.Our CT scanner completes all of the routine scans plus new services that are not available in many hospitals. We now have the ability to image the veins and arteries of the body, to rule out blockages, with a quick and easy scan.

Nuclear Medicine Services

PCH is fortunate to offer a full range of Nuclear Medicine services to our community. This subspecialty of the field of Radiology can obtain specific diagnosis for a wide range of injuries, acute physiological processes and disease processes that affect body anatomy and function. A certified practitioner is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday for this imaging modality.

Nuclear Medicine scans are obtained by injecting a radioisotope, that is specific to the area of the body that your physician is interested in evaluating, intravenously. The isotope travels to area of interest via the blood stream thus allowing the Radiologist to not only determine the size and shape of the area of interest but also evaluate the functioning time and efficiency.

Mammography Services

Full mammography services including screening mammography, diagnostic mammography and breast biopsies are offered in the Radiology Department. Our Mammography Unit is state of the art with digital imagining.

Hours of service are 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday as our goal is to provide ample opportunity for patients to receive their mammogram in a timely manner. We are accredited by the American College of Radiology, Mammography Quality Standards Act and the Food and Drug Administration.

Ultrasonic Imaging Services

PCH utilizes high definition digital imaging equipment manufactured by Phillips Medical Systems. Phillips systems are currently providing the best ultrasonic imaging technology in the industry including SonoCT© and harmonics tissue imaging. Ultrasound examinations are scheduled Monday through Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. while Ultrasound coverage for emergency purposes are available 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

Rehabilitation Therapy

Putnam County Hospital partners with Tx:Team to offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. The hospital is dedicated to helping patients return to their home and regular lifestyle activities by maximizing their recovery potential.

Rehabilitation services provided are:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy

About our Therapy Team

The therapy teams consist of certified therapists and therapy support personnel. Members of the Putnam County Hospital therapy team work together with other hospital members to address and correct functional limitations, and to improve a patient’s quality of life.

Quality Care, Customized Approach

Each patient’s rehabilitation program is individually tailored to provide the frequency, intensity and type of therapy that will maximize functional outcomes. Putnam County Hospital and Tx:Team help patients maintain as healthy and independent a lifestyle as possible.

Respiratory Care is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week department staffed by licensed and credentialed Respiratory Therapists providing the following services at Putnam County Hospital:

  • Treatment of chronic, acute and emergency respiratory illness with aerosolized medications, oxygen, percussion and postural drainage, breathing exercises, airway management and assisted ventilation when necessary.
  • Arterial Blood Gas sampling and analysis to check lung function and acid-base balance.
  • Electrocardiograms (EKG) to detect irregular heart rhythms, heart damage or as a preoperative test for surgical clearance.
  • Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) used to measure the mechanical functions of the lungs to assist in diagnosing and differentiating lung disease.
  • Sleep Lab to test, diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

At Putnam County Hospital’s Surgery Center, our goal is to provide all of our patients with top quality and personable care throughout the entire process: pre-operative to post-operative.  Our associates feel it is a privilege to be able to offer such a high level of care for our neighbors, family and friends in a high tech facility close to home.

Our own, Dr. Robin Mendelsohn, Orthopaedic Surgeon, and Dr. L.G. Palanca, and Dr. Frank Lloyd,  General Surgeons, provide great care for our patients. Other local physicians use the facility as well, Dr. Knapp gynecology, podiatry, ophthalmology (eyes), and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) to name a few.

In 2005, the Hospital expanded the Surgery Department with edition of the 24,830-square foot Surgery Center. Today, the outpatient facility provides patients with the option of having prompt, effective procedures locally.

The Surgery Center houses seven pre-operative patient rooms, seven procedure rooms, and twelve post-operative or recovery rooms. Currently, the Sleep Study Lab bedrooms are located in the Surgery Center allowing an easy accessible and peaceful location.

Consultations can be scheduled with each of our local surgeons by calling Putnam Surgical Specialties at 765-658-2710

Are you having a procedure that will require physical therapy as you recover?  Check out our Swing Bed Program to see if it might be right for you or contact our Case Management Nurse to get your questions answered.

Rehabilitation Therapy

Putnam County Hospital partners with Tx:Team to offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. The hospital is dedicated to helping patients return to their home and regular lifestyle activities by maximizing their recovery potential.

Rehabilitation services provided are:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy

About our Therapy Team
The therapy teams consist of certified therapists and therapy support personnel. Members of the Putnam County Hospital therapy team work together with other hospital members to address and correct functional limitations, and to improve a patient’s quality of life.

Quality Care, Customized Approach
Each patient’s rehabilitation program is individually tailored to provide the frequency, intensity and type of therapy that will maximize functional outcomes. Putnam County Hospital and Tx:Team help patients maintain as healthy and independent a lifestyle as possible.