BURLINGTON, KANSAS (JULY 25, 2016)—Kansas legislators have an opportunity to protect access to healthcare for hardworking Kansans and, in doing so, they will boost the state economy. That’s why the employees of Coffey Health System are getting involved in this year’s election process with the “We CARE We VOTE” campaign.
There are 127 community hospitals in Kansas, together employing more than 84,000 people. As part of the We CARE We VOTE campaign, CHS is encouraging its employees to join their peers across the state in getting involved ahead of the state primary election on Aug. 2. The goal is to inspire learning, action and advocacy that ultimately will lead to the passage of legislation that protects access to healthcare, invests in Kansas communities and hospitals, and strengthens state and local economies.
“Hospitals are an economic anchor to our communities, yet one-third of rural hospitals in Kansas are considered financially vulnerable and we’ve witnessed the sad closure of our neighbor, Mercy Hospital in Independence,” said Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “Healthy hospitals are vital for healthy communities. All Kansans need to encourage our state legislators to support hospitals across the state, and vote for candidates that support healthy Kansas communities at the state primary on August 2 and the general election on November 8.”
In addition to voting, the We CARE We VOTE campaign urges hospital employees to learn the candidates’ positions on issues that affect healthcare access and the financial stability of our state’s hospitals. They are encouraged to inspire others to get informed and involved as well. Employees are asked to wear the We CARE We VOTE pin as a visual symbol of their support, to share the hospital’s messages on social media, and to vote for candidates who support healthy Kansas communities during the state primary on Aug. 2 and the general election on Nov. 8.
“Hospital employees represent 4.3 percent of all jobholders in the state, and they are critical players in our ongoing dialogue on the future of healthcare in Kansas,” said Tom Bell, president and CEO of the Kansas Hospital Association. “They deliver healthcare services every single day and know the challenges hospitals face—and their status as a trusted resource and large employer within their own communities means they have political capital.”
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