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Very Difficult Decisions to be Made

12/4/2012

In the next few weeks, Congress will have to make very difficult decisions about where to spend—and not to spend—federal money. These difficult decisions will have a profound and noticeable impact on hospitals, including Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.  If Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) hospital payments are cut, our hospital could also be forced to make difficult decisions about how we spend or don’t spend our limited and reduced funding.

Check out this video with comments by a 16-year veteran nurse!

I’ve always had a personal opinion that if you’re not healthy you can’t attend school, go to work, or care for your children or other family members.  In short, being sick disables you for the time- being whether that’s just for a few days or for an extended period of time.  The health and well-being of individuals drives our productive neighborhoods, communities, states and, ultimately, the whole country.

The hard decisions that must be made in the coming days cannot be made in a vacuum.  If you have opinions – as I’ve stated mine above -- or even if you just want to ask questions of our legislators we MUST make our feelings and views known to them.  No, you probably won’t get the Congress-person directly on the phone but you will get a staff person who will either speak with you or return your call.  If you send a letter or a fax this information is regularly complied into reports for Congressional representatives so they can read the composite report and have their finger on the pulse of their jurisdiction. Our elected legislators deserve to hear from us even if we agree or disagree with them. 

Inevitably all of us probably know someone who is disabled or elderly who is dependent on federal  funds for part of their healthcare needs whether it’s just Medicare or the fact that every person who seeks care in a hospital’s emergency room must be treated to the point of stabilization regardless of their ability to pay.  A recent college graduate, who can’t find full-time work with healthcare benefits and then is hit by a motorist while legally crossing the street in a crosswalk, will need medical care.  Our emergency rooms need to be able to treat this young adult and still be able to pay the doctors, nurses, and radiology technicians, etc., who treated this person. Without the proper medical care this young adult may not be able to accept that full-time job he just applied for and the cycle of dependence will begin.

If payment cuts to hospitals in California and throughout the country are made it will limit access to care and impact everyone.  Help us preserve the safe, high quality care hospitals provide to you, your family and our community. 

Please contact your elected representatives in Congress and tell them not to make any additional federal payment cuts to hospitals in California.  Thank you for your support and remember, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and California’s other hospitals will be here for you when you need us most!

Our local legislators can be contacted at the following locations:

U.S. Senator  Diane Feinstein                            U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Washington, DC Office:                                             Washington, D.C. Office:

331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.                                      112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510                                             Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3841                                               (202) 224-3553
Fax: (202) 228-3954                                                    Fax: (310) 914-7318

TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501

Los Angeles Office:                                                   Los Angeles Office:                           

11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915                         312 N. Spring St. Suite 1748
Los Angeles, CA 90025                                               Los Angeles, CA 90012

(310) 914-7300                                                          
(213) 894-5000

                                                                                    (202) 224-0357 fax

U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano

38th Congressional District

Washington D.C. Office:

1610 Longworth

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5256

Fax: (202) 225-0027

 Santa Fe Springs Office:

11627 East Telegraph Road, #100

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Phone: (562) 801-2134

Fax: (562) 949-9144
 
Thanks for taking the time to read -- and perhaps take action -- on this important matter!
 
By:  Kathy Roche, Manager of Public Relations

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