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News: Health Care Reform Concerns

October 17, 2011

Flu clinics, health fairs, community events; these are some of the activities that turns a local hospital into a “community” hospital. Our doctors and nurses are community members, our service is top notch, and our care is endearing. This may change with proposals currently being discussed in Washington, DC.

Years ago, Congress afforded qualifying small, rural hospitals like ours – known as “critical access hospitals”– enhanced Medicare payments to help them keep their doors open to the communities they serve. Now, those payments are under threat as the deficit “super committee” continues to meet. Should Congress eliminate this important program or scale back its payments, many Wisconsin communities could be negatively affected, including those in our region where a number of rural hospitals are providing vital care.

Osceola and St. Croix medical centers are proud to serve not only the health care needs of this region, but its economic needs as well. We employ a large number of community members who, in turn, impact our local economies, and we’re considered a “selling point” – along with our fine schools – for families looking to settle here. Our commitment to our communities-at-large is also demonstrated by our involvement with many community activities and events. And our community care programs already provide millions of dollars in free or reduced cost care to those under financial stress.

Both of our health care organizations are committed to our patients and to fostering better health in the communities we serve. We ask that you stand with us as we urge Congress to oppose proposals that will hurt critical hospital care for our friends, families and neighbors.

Sincerely,

Dave Dobosenski, CEO
St. Croix Regional Medical Center

Jeff Meyer, CEO
Osceola Medical Center