Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, is putting the AHA's "We Care, We Vote," message into action.

"I see firsthand how our employees give their all to improve the lives of the patients and communities we serve," said Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Jim Weinstein. "This will be a critical election year, and the individuals we elect will make many important decisions concerning the future of health care – decisions that will affect the patients we serve at Dartmouth-Hitchcock."

Using materials from the AHA's "We Care, We Vote," initiative, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical created a section on its website  to encourage its hospital family and the public to vote in November.

"It is a wonderful tool to answer the question, 'what can we do to help,'" says Frank McDougall, the medical center's vice president for government relations.

The medical center also has campaign-style "We Care, We Vote" hats, bumper stickers and pins emblazoned with its logo. Hospital representatives distributed the pins to lawmakers during recent meetings on Capitol Hill.

The AHA launched We Care, We Vote this summer as  a nationwide effort to get hospital executives, medical staff, employees and board members to express their concerns about cutting hospitals' Medicare and Medicaid payments, and to ask questions about where congressional candidates stand on these and other health care issues. The initiative includes materials for hospital leaders to help make their employees, trustees, medical staff, volunteers and others more aware of the challenges facing the hospital and health system field and what's at stake in the coming federal budget debate. There also is a toolkit hospital leaders can use to help their employees register to vote.

For more on how your organization can get involved, click here.

For more information about the “We Care, We Vote” initiative, or for help planning any of these activities, please contact AHA Member Relations at 1 (800) 424-4301 or wecarewevote@aha.org.


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