Kansas legislators have an opportunity to protect access to health care for hardworking Kansans, and in doing so, they will boost the state economy. That’s why the employees of Greenwood County Hospital are getting involved in this year’s election process with the “We CARE We VOTE” campaign. There are 127 community hospitals in Kansas, together employing more than 86,000 people. As part of the We CARE We VOTE campaign, Greenwood County Hospital is encouraging its employees to join their peers across the state in getting involved by voting in the state primary election on Aug. 7 and the general election on Nov. 6. The goal is to inspire learning, action and advocacy that ultimately will lead to the passage of legislation that protects access to health care, invests in Kansas communities and hospitals, and strengthens state and local economies. “Hospital employees represent 4.4 percent of all jobholders in the state, and they are critical players in our ongoing dialogue on the future of health care in Kansas,” said Tom Bell, president and CEO of the Kansas Hospital Association. “They deliver health care services every single day and know the challenges hospitals face—and their status as a trusted resource and large employer within their own communities means they have political capital.” In addition to voting, the We CARE We VOTE campaign urges hospital employees to learn the candidates’ positions on issues that affect health care access and the financial stability of our state’s hospitals. They are encouraged to inspire others to get informed and involved as well. Employees are asked to wear the We CARE We VOTE pin as a visual symbol of their support, to share the hospital’s messages on social media, and to vote for candidates who support healthy Kansas communities during the state primary election on Aug. 7 and the general election on Nov. 6.
“In rural communities like Greenwood County, it is important that we elect officials who understand the importance of maintaining access to health care in our communities. We need to get out and vote for candidates who support our hospital, clinics, home health agencies, nursing homes, and other health care agencies here in Greenwood County. Their support helps ensure that healthcare is available to the citizens of Greenwood County when they need it.” – Sandra Dickerson, CEO Greenwood County Hospital