Hearing addresses corporate consolidation of health care facilities in Northeastern PA

Listening to addresses corporate consolidation of health treatment amenities in Northeastern PA

When done inadequately, consolidation negatively impacts individual care and healthcare facility employees

STROUDSBURG, Oct. 18 – Hospital methods consolidate for various factors and, as they carry on adapting to the shifting current market, communities are impacted. COVID-19 accelerated changes in means that forced group hospitals like St. Luke’s University Wellness Community and other hospitals serving the Northeastern Pennsylvania location to change their company product. 

The Northeast Delegation Chairwoman, Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, hosted a Household Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Stroudsburg Monday afternoon discussing company consolidation of wellness care services so that elected officers can discover extra about the challenge. 

“I’m so grateful to these who testified right now so that we can learn and understand how we as a legislature can assistance our communities and health and fitness techniques,” Madden claimed. “As a condition representative, I have partnered with St. Luke’s to generate a level of health care treatment that has not been available below in the mountains. It is so critical that when consolidation takes place, we do it with this in mind so that we can sustain the substantial excellent of treatment that citizens right here get.” 

Household Associates in attendance heard testimony from two panels. The first panel consisted of 3 industry experts who function in or closely with hospitals who commented on marketplace pressures and why programs are compelled to consolidate. Testifiers in the to start with panel involved John Nespoli, President, St. Luke’s University Overall health Community Maggie Murphy, CEO, National Alliance on Mental Disease – Lehigh Valley and Margo Opsasnick, CEO, Delta Medix. 

“In my district, there are concerns where financial gain motives consider the lead over other concerns,” explained Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer. “We require to assume innovatively to see how technological enhancements can make a lot less profitable places more rewarding so that programs have other alternatives other than consolidations.” 

A next panel consisted of testimony from the viewpoint of individuals and medical center staff members, together with Kristen Volchansky, Political Organizer, Motion Collectively NEPA, and Maddie Lopez-Vazquez, Health Device Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono. Their testimonies focused on how consolidations effects the high quality care they offer to – and receive as – clients. Powerful testimony from Lopez-Vazquez explained how staff had been enable go and an enormous total of pressure set on remaining workers right after a consolidation she knowledgeable. 

“This matter is extremely crucial to our Caucus, which is proven by the actuality that this is the next listening to on this subject matter that we have held on the japanese side of the condition,” claimed Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. “I want to thank all the testifiers and users who participated currently in this critical conversation.” 

Additional prepared testimony came from reps from Geisinger and the PA Overall health Entry Network. All testimonies can be discovered at pahouse.com/policycommittee.