Valir Health, Oklahoma City, OK
Stacy Smith, CEO of Valir Health in Oklahoma City, is using resources from the AHA's "We Care, We Vote" initiative to help educate and engage her more than 600 employees leading up to the Nov. 6 election.
"The 'We Care, We Vote' materials were a tremendous help," says Smith. "I took the core materials from We Care, We Vote
and made them site-specific."
Throughout Valir Health, a comprehensive health care
organization specializing in a full range of medical services that includes an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, messages reminding employees about the importance of voting in the election are displayed on the in-house TV channel, public bulletin boards
and in an employee newsletter.
"We have to continue to keep our employees educated on the issues and why it's important for ever person's voice to be heard," Smith says.
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.