Sierra Vista (AZ) Regional Health Center
Sierra Vista (AZ) Regional Health Center has used resources
from the AHA's "We Care, We Vote" initiative to help educate candidates running for state and federal offices about the important issues and challenges facing the hospital field.
The hospital board's government relations committee has used materials from the We Care, We Vote toolkit in meetings with legislators and candidates running for office in November.
"The 'We Care, We Vote' materials have worked very well," says Lanny Kope, trustee at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center.
Kope, who chairs the board's government relations committee, says the committee also has used the concepts in several presentations conducted for local church and civic groups.
"Political advocacy at the trustee level is very important," says Kope.
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.