Trinity Health, Novi, MI
Recognizing the importance of this year's election, Michigan-based Trinity Health has used resources and tools from the
AHA's "We Care, We Vote," initiative in several efforts to educate and engage its hospital family about the important health care issues and encourage employees to vote.
"This is a critical election year, and the individuals we elect will make many important decisions concerning the future of health care," Trinity Health President and CEO Joseph Swedish said in an October newsletter article encouraging Trinity employees to vote. "Form your own opinions and then cast your ballot on November 6 and show how much hospital associates care for local patients as well as communities across the country."
As part of its efforts to encourage employees to vote, Trinity Health, one of the nation's largest health systems, posted fact sheets on its internal advocacy website examining some of the important health care issues being debated in the election.
Trinity Health hospitals also published articles in their newsletters, and hospital CEOs sent e-mails to employees reminding them about the importance of voting. A final message reminding employees to vote is scheduled for Nov. 5.
Education also was a big part of Trinity Health's "We Care, We Vote" efforts. Trinity Health used materials in educational discussions with system leaders that focused on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as well as the deficit debate that will take place following the election and its potential impact on Medicare and Medicaid.
In addition, the health system engaged its senior leaders and board members, encouraging them to meet with federal and state legislators and candidates for office. Trinity leaders at hospitals in Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Michigan met with lawmakers and candidates for office and shared the challenges facing their hospitals as well as the important work they are doing to improve the health of their communities.
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.