To Make an Appointment Call 765-301-7460

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, Dr. Keith Thomae, General Surgeons, provide great care for our patients. Other local physicians use the facility as well for 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 765-301-7430 .

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.

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L.G. Palanca, MD

Dr. Palanca brings with him over 30 years of surgical experience, with 11 of those years in Putnam County. Dr Palanca’s extensive experience started in the late 80’s as an urologist-transplant surgeon in the Philippines, until his move to the United States 20 years ago, where he is now a cancer surgeon. His subsequent training at Indiana University has afforded him the ability to better his craft. Through the years he has been the main go-to surgeon at Putnam County Hospital. Wtih his vast experience, he has been able provide various surgical services/ procedures such as colonoscopies with colon cancer screening and surveillance, upper endoscopy, Hernias, appendix, gallbladder, hemorrhoids, colon cancer surgery, liver, breast biopsies and breast cancer surgery just to name a few. Together with his wife, who happens to be an anesthesiologist, continue to provide their much needed services to the people of Putnam County.

General surgery specialties and procedures, such as:

  • Colonoscopies with colon cancer screening and surveillance
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction (open & laparoscopic)
  • Appendix removal
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hemorrhoid
  • Liver
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Laparoscopic colon resections
  • Melanoma
  • Sarcoma
  • Abdominal explorations
  • Vascular access
  • Breast biopsies
  • Breast cancer surgery

If you would like more information about Dr. Palanca, contact Putnam Surgical Specialties at 765-301-7430 .

Dr. Robin Mendelsohn Headshot

Dr. Robin Mendelsohn has practiced in Putnam County for over 17 years. With this experience comes continuous education and training to bring the very best in orthopaedic care to our community. From sprains and strains to fracture care and reconstruction, you can feel confident and comforted to receive the best in orthopaedic care close to home.

Orthopaedic procedures, such as:

  • Knee and hip replacements
  • Knee and shoulder arthroscopies
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Fracture care
  • Sports medicine
  • Carpal Tunnel release

Weekend injury?

Dr. Mendelson accepts walk-in patients every Monday morning from 8am-11am.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mendelsohn, call 765.301.7430 . Visit for more information.

My Promise

To provide you with timely, experienced, compassionate, Christian, quality surgical care using the newest technologies and state of the art medicine. I will treat you like family.



Surgical Societies


Leading Technology In:

Abdominal & Endocrine & Neck Issues
Gall bladder
Colon & Stomach & GI issues
Skin cancer and lesions
Vein care
Cosmetic surgery
Trauma & Critical Care
Emergency Surgery
Colonoscopy & EGD’s

  • General orthopaedics such as:
    • Trauma
    • Sprains
    • Fractures
    • Joint and muscle injury and/or pain
  • Arthritis treatment including:
    • Injections
    • Bracing
    • Total joints
  • Sports medicine including:
    • Arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder
    • Rotator cuff repair
    • ACL reconstruction
  • Hand including:
    • Carpal tunnel
    • Ganglion cysts
    • Trigger finger
  • Focusing on:
    • Breast cancer
    • Breast biopsies
    • Intestines
    • Esophagus
    • Stomach
    • Colon
    • Liver
    • Thyroid
    • Hernias
    • Appendix
    • Gallbladder and bile ducts
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Vasectomies

What Should I Know About My Surgery?

Prior to your surgery, you may receive a phone call from us to confirm your arrival time for your procedure.  We may also ask for additional insurance information. This is a great time to ask any questions regarding your procedure, your stay and accommodations for any family members that may be with you the day of your surgery.

Some procedures require pre-operative testing, such as blood work or x-rays.  If you need to have testing done prior, your surgeon will provide you with information about when you should complete them.  Putnam County Hospital is available to provide testing prior to your surgery.

On the day of your scheduled surgery, go directly to Putnam County Hospital’s Surgery Center. Upon entering the Hospital campus, please take the drive to the right to the canopy entrance marked SURGERY CENTER.

  • Please arrive at the designated time given to you by your surgeon or the surgery center staff.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery, unless otherwise directed.  If you are not sure if this applies to you, please call your surgeon’s office.
  • Be sure to bring your regular medications with you.
  • Please remember to leave jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Please remove make-up, nail polish, artificial nails prior to your arrival.
  • If you wear contacts, please bring your glasses and a container for your lenses.
  • Loose-fitting, casual clothing is the best choice for attire.  During your time with us, you will be provided a gown.

Family members and friends are permitted to visit with you prior to your surgery.  You will be reunited with your family in the post-operative recovery room following your procedure.  A family member is encouraged to remain with you in the recovery area until you are ready to go home or to your inpatient room upstairs

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