DENNISON -- Trinity Hospital Twin City in Dennison was recognized at a meeting at the White House May 1.

Dr. Timothy McKnight, M.D., a board certified family practitioner, accepted the award in Washington, DC and met with members of the President's cabinet to discuss unique health care challenges in rural areas and the role of the Affordable Care Act in addressing those challenges.

The hospital is one of 70 recipients of a federal grant to improve health services in rural areas. A total of $375,000 from the Rural Health Care

Services grant program will be spread out over a three year period to help reduce the number of overweight and obese men, women and children of all ages in Tuscarawas, Carroll, Harrison and Holmes counties, Ohio.

The White House meeting, hosted by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, is part of ongoing efforts by the White House Rural Council to focus on the vitality of rural America and enhance the ability of Federal programs to meet the needs of Americans living in small towns.

The meeting includes rural physicians, dentists, nurses, mental health providers and hospital administrators from across the country.