By Andrew Stern
As community leaders, trustees are a powerful voice for their hospitals or health systems when it comes to advocacy. They can offer legislators “real life” insights and perspectives into the challenges facing patients and community members in the hospital’s service area, as well as how legislation and regulation will affect the women and men who work every day to fulfill their hospitals promise of help, hope and healing.
Trustees know how hard their hospitals and health systems are working to transform the way health care is delivered in their communities. They have an important role to play in making their state and federal policymakers understand how a modernized public policy environment can help hospitals advance health in America and provide patients with the access to care they need.