January 20, 2023
Rising energy costs add another layer of pressure on hospitals’ already-slim margins, hospital leaders told the Senate Majority Policy Committee today.
This morning, the committee hosted a public hearing in Allegheny County focused on energy access and affordability. During the hearing, the lawmakers heard from Chuck DiBello, vice president of facilities and real estate, Allegheny Health Network, and John Krolicki, vice president of facilities and support services, UPMC.
The hospital leaders discussed the ways rising energy prices affect hospitals and their efforts to improve sustainability across their health systems.
“As hospitals across the United States grapple with inflation, staffing shortages, and continuing fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, health care leaders warn that the energy crisis could also spell trouble for the entire health care system,” DiBello said in submitted remarks.
Among the key takeaways from today’s hearing:
HAP continues to communicate with lawmakers and the general public about hospitals’ financial strain and the importance of supporting high-quality care in Pennsylvania. The prepared remarks from today’s hearing are available online.
For questions, contact Heather Tyler, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.
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