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Hospital Supporters Representative Baker and Senator Baker Recognize PA Hospitals During National Hospital Week

May 09, 2017

The state House and Senate adopted resolutions recognizing the week of May 7–13, 2017, as “National Hospital Week” in the commonwealth. The resolutions highlight the critical role hospitals play in delivering vital health care and improving the quality of life in Pennsylvania communities.

The House of Representatives adopted House Resolution, HR 220, sponsored by Representative Matt Baker (R-Tioga), and the state Senate adopted Senate Resolution, SR 107, sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne). HAP appreciates the work of these legislators, who have advanced initiatives to support hospitals across Pennsylvania and fought for adequate hospital funding.

Pennsylvania is a hub for world-renowned health care facilities and medical schools. The commonwealth is home to 251 licensed hospitals, including acute care and specialty hospitals. There are 40 trauma centers, and 6 burn centers, staffed by specialists who are prepared to provide care for the most critical emergency cases.

Another 15 critical access hospitals provide care for the state’s most rural populations, and 93 hospitals deliver 124,000 babies each year. Psychiatric, drug and alcohol, rehabilitation, surgical specialty, and long-term care hospitals are among the specialty hospitals providing critical services to Pennsylvanians.

Pennsylvania also is home to seven academic medical centers and numerous teaching hospitals and medical schools that train future health care providers and invest in critical health research.

During a time of fiscal uncertainty for the state, Pennsylvania hospitals continue to serve as major economic drivers. During 2015, hospitals’ economic contributions to the state were $115 billion. They supported 625,394 total jobs, directly and indirectly.

The national and state health care delivery system is undergoing a significant transformation in the way care is delivered. Hospitals focus on keeping people out of their facilities by providing more wellness and disease management programs in communities; improving communication with patients and families; and fostering closer relationships between different health care settings.

Hospitals are open 24-7 to handle every patient’s health care issues; but they also are doing so much more to improve lives across the state.

Hospitals are addressing critical socioeconomic problems that affect health, such as hunger and food insecurity, housing needs, veterans’ health needs, substance abuse, and violence. They also play a significant role in meeting community emergency preparedness needs.

Pennsylvania hospitals are committed to providing high-quality, safe care by adopting clinical best practices and integrating patient safety models. Through an ongoing federal initiative, national Partnership for Patients, HAP and participating hospitals have significantly reduced all-cause harm and preventable readmissions in Pennsylvania. They now are tackling 11 core patient safety areas of focus including severe sepsis and septic shock.

To learn more about Pennsylvania hospitals and their employees during National Hospital Week, connect with the Healthy Me PA digital community.

For additional information about legislative initiatives, contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president for state legislative advocacy. For information about hospital quality and community initiatives, contact Julie Kissinger, HAP’s vice president, communications and public affairs.

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