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HAP Statement: Pennsylvania’s Hospitals Provide Cutting-Edge Care and So Much More

May 07, 2018

In celebration of National Hospital Week (May 7–12), Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement:

“National Hospital Week presents us with a time to reflect upon the ways that our hospital family touches the lives of the patients and communities they serve. Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and treat all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. They also are community anchors, job creators, and economic drivers.

“Pennsylvania’s hospital family is guided by the mission of providing high-quality, patient-centered care, but their work extends beyond the four walls of the facility. They are adapting and responding to a changing community dynamic, addressing socioeconomic issues, such as poverty, food insecurity, and violence. They are working to address the opioid epidemic, partnering with government and nonprofits to prevent substance use disorder, provide integrated care after drug overdoses, and support efforts to limit opioid prescriptions. They also are helping communities prepare for emergency situations, providing training and support to increase readiness for and response to natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and mass casualty incidents.

“Alongside all of these efforts, Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems continue to conduct cutting-edge research, implement innovative new technologies, and work to improve the quality and safety of care. Hospitals and health systems are collaborating, sharing best practices to reduce readmissions and improve overall outcomes.

“The health care landscape may be changing rapidly, but hospitals remain focused on providing the best care possible to patients and their families. I am proud of all they are accomplishing, day in and day out.”

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