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Kind Visits Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics

May 17, 2013
In The News

Moundview employees, volunteers advocate for local health care

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Several managers, volunteers and governing board members from Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics recently had an opportunity to meet with legislators to discuss the challenges rural hospitals are facing.

A group of 10 individuals from Moundview joined a record-breaking 850 supporters at Wisconsin Hospital Association’, or WHA, Advocacy Day on April 23 in Madison. Congressman Ron Kind visited with the managers, staff and governing board members at Moundview on May 2.

“We believe it is important to talk with our legislators about crucial health care issues, like health care reimbursement, health insurance exchanges and graduate medical education,” said Jeremy Normington, CEO at Moundview. “We want them to understand how current and proposed legislation will impact local hospitals and communities.”

Moundview representatives who attended WHA Advocacy Day had an opportunity to learn more about issues facing health care in the state and across the nation. They also met with the state legislators and their staff members who represent Moundview’s service area including Senators Luther Olsen and Julie Lassa, Rep. Joan Ballweg as well as staff from Rep. Scott Krug’s office. They discussed various health care issues with the legislators including the importance of the Medicaid program.

Kind’s visit at Moundview featured a tour of the facility, a meeting with managers and governing board members and a presentation by Moundview’s CEO, which included information on the county’s health needs as well as the current and future challenges at Moundview. Kind, who is a co-chairman of the national rural health caucus, also spoke about national health issues, particularly those related to the delivery of rural health care.

“The visits with our state legislators and Congressman Kind were great opportunities to strengthen our relationships with them,” said Normington. “We hope they better understand the issues we are facing and how their support can help sustain rural hospitals and the communities they serve.”