Recognizing that this year's election will have a great impact on the future of health care, HCA is using the AHA's “We Care, We Vote” resources to encourage employees to register to vote on Nov. 6.
Last month HCA held voter registration drives at its main campus office in Nashville and eight off-site locations. During the registration drives, HCA registered nearly 300 people - about twice as many as previous years leading up to elections.
“The We Care, We Vote message really resonated,” said Warren Tardy, HCA government relations. “We want everybody to go out and vote, but we also want them to dig a little deeper to better understand the issues that are going to affect health care this year.”
As part of HCA's education efforts, it posted a podcast on its internal website in which HCA Senior Vice President Vic Campbell spoke about the importance of the election and voting. The podcast has been downloaded more than 500 times.
In addition to efforts at its corporate office, HCA also shared the We Care, We Vote resources with its more than 140 hospitals in 20 states.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.