Hospital Workers and State Lawmakers Rally in Support of Protecting Safety Net Hospitals

Onzel Brown, Roseland Hospital worker and leader, speaks at press event and rallies to protect safety net hospitals.

Onzel Brown, Roseland Hospital worker and leader, speaks at press event and rallies to protect safety net hospitals.

(Scroll below to see videos and speeches from the rally and press event).

(October 25th, 2017, Springfield, IL) — Hospital workers gathered in the Rotunda of the State Capitol with state lawmakers to hold a press event and rally about the vital need to protect safety net hospitals.  During the fall veto session lawmakers have begun debating a proposed hospital provider assessment with a new funding formula.

Rally & Lobby Day Recap: Hospital Workers Rally to Protect Safety Nets

Chicago safety net hospital workers from Roseland, Loretto, Jackson Park, as well as healthcare workers from Touchette Regional Hospital in East St. Louis spoke out about keeping safety net  open and accessible for life-saving emergency room care, drug and alcohol treatment, and other vital service  in low-income and communities of color.

Alberta Mitchell, Loretto Hospital, at Springfield lobby day.

Alberta Mitchell, Loretto Hospital, at Springfield lobby day.

Closing any safety net hospitals would utterly devastate low-income communities, create greater health deserts, limit access to healthcare for those on Medicaid, and cost thousands of jobs. Advocates say that now is the critical time to strengthen and invest more resources in safety net hospitals to serve more patients and families.

Tamara Cunningham Touchette Hospital East St Louis

Alberta Mitchell, Loretto Hospital

State Representative Juliana Stratton, 5th District

State Senator Emil Jones, III, 14th District

State Senator Daniel Biss, 9th District

State Representative Justin Slaughter, 27th District

State Senator Kimberly Lightford, 4th District


Onzel Brown, Roseland Hospital

 

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