Your opinion: May 7, 2016

Published 6:00 pm Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hospitals must remain available to injured, ill
When we, or our loved ones, are in need of care, we know that our hospitals will be there for us. Hospitals not only have the best resources to care for the sick and injured, but they also have compassionate, outstanding individuals to provide this care.
On behalf of the Georgia Hospital Association, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and thank each of these dedicated professionals, from nurses and doctors, to ancillary staff and volunteers, in Georgia and across the nation, who make our hospitals run so efficiently. In times of need, whether it is an unexpected emergency situation or a joyous occasion, such as a birth, we know we can count on these people, who are the true heroes of health care.
No matter what, hospitals treat every single patient who walks through their doors. They are the pillars of health care in their communities, but the future of hospitals is constantly under the stress of impending federal hospital funding cuts. Hospitals have already endured more than $158 billion in cuts since 2010. These cuts could result in caregivers being laid off, increased emergency room wait times, and patients who can’t access the latest medical technology.
I call on our leaders in Congress to support measures that our hospitals need to remain strong and viable. Our communities rely on hospitals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we cannot afford to lose services that are so vital.
Earl V. Rogers
President and CEO
Georgia Hospital    Association