University Hospitals, Cleveland
Participating in the AHA's “We Care, We Vote” initiative, University Hospitals, a large health system in Cleveland, hosted voter registration drives for employees at six of its hospitals.
“People were very appreciative that we were doing the voter registration drive,” said Daniel Bucci, public policy manager for University Hospitals, who organized the registration drives.
About 100 people registered to vote and 200 people received absentee ballots.
Meanwhile, beginning Nov. 4 and continuing through the afternoon of Election Day, University Hospitals will allow patients who have been unexpectedly admitted to the hospital and unable to travel to a polling site to cast their vote, to register for “bedside voting.”
Two representatives from the state's board of elections - one Republican and one Democrat - will oversee the distribution and collection of the ballot, and the patient will be able to vote from their hospital room. In addition, University Hospitals worked hard to have that same opportunity extended to parents who have children in the hospital, Bucci said.
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.