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4/14/2016

Hospital Sisters Health System Meets with State Senators and Representatives During Advocacy Day


Advocacy DayHighland, IL – Leaders of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) met with state Senators and Representatives urging them to work with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association and the hospital community to support healthcare. They were among nearly 75 leaders of hospitals and health systems from across the state who were at the State Capitol in Springfield April 13, for Hospital Advocacy Day organized by the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.

“We greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet with our government officials, who listened to our serious concerns about the need for a state budget that supports the critical healthcare needs of our patients and communities,” said Beth Govero, interim President & CEO, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland.

During the day full of meetings, HSHS leaders pointed out that hospitals within HSHS, as well as hospitals across the state, have already sustained more than $1 billion in state Medicaid cuts and $2.9 billion in federal Medicare cuts since 2010. At the same time, hospitals have been providing quality healthcare for their communities while working to transform the healthcare delivery system.

They also pointed out that HSHS hospitals are a major job creator and economic engine in their community. St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland employs 270 people, resulting in 296 additional jobs for the community, and generates a total annual impact of $187,522,593 on the local and state economy. Statewide, hospitals and health systems generate nearly 500,000 direct and indirect jobs and have an economic impact of nearly $89 billion a year.

“We are strongly urging the General Assembly to resolve the current FY2016 budget impasse as quickly as possible, and to craft a FY2017 state budget that supports healthcare,” said Govero.


Media Contacts

Ashley Gramann
Communications Manager
Phone: 618-651-2589
Ashley.Gramann@hshs.org
 
Terriann Tharp
Division Director, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 217-347-1275
terriann.tharp@hshs.org