Listening to addresses corporate consolidation of wellbeing care facilities in Northeastern PA

When accomplished badly, consolidation negatively impacts client treatment and hospital staff

STROUDSBURG, Oct. 18 – Hospital methods consolidate for different good reasons and, as they go on adapting to the changing market, communities are impacted. COVID-19 accelerated improvements in strategies that pressured neighborhood hospitals like St. Luke’s College Well being Network and other hospitals serving the Northeastern Pennsylvania region to improve their business enterprise model. 

The Northeast Delegation Chairwoman, Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, hosted a Household Democratic Coverage Committee hearing in Stroudsburg Monday afternoon talking about company consolidation of overall health treatment services so that elected officers can understand additional about the challenge. 

“I’m so grateful to individuals who testified today so that we can discover and realize how we as a legislature can support our communities and well being programs,” Madden said. “As a condition representative, I have partnered with St. Luke’s to build a degree of health care care that has not been accessible in this article in the mountains. It’s so vital that when consolidation comes about, we do it with this in head so that we can sustain the higher high-quality of care that residents right here receive.” 

Dwelling Users in attendance heard testimony from two panels. The first panel consisted of 3 specialists who function in or carefully with hospitals who commented on market place pressures and why systems are compelled to consolidate. Testifiers in the first panel integrated John Nespoli, President, St. Luke’s University Health and fitness Network Maggie Murphy, CEO, Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Illness – Lehigh Valley and Margo Opsasnick, CEO, Delta Medix. 

“In my district, there are troubles in which income motives acquire the direct around other considerations,” reported Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer. “We need to have to feel innovatively to see how technological progress can make much less lucrative places extra profitable so that methods have other options other than consolidations.” 

A second panel consisted of testimony from the perspective of individuals and hospital staff members, like Kristen Volchansky, Political Organizer, Motion Jointly NEPA, and Maddie Lopez-Vazquez, Health Device Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Medical center – Pocono. Their testimonies concentrated on how consolidations impact the excellent treatment they provide to – and receive as – clients. Persuasive testimony from Lopez-Vazquez explained how staff members have been allow go and an enormous sum of strain set on remaining workers just after a consolidation she expert. 

“This matter is exceptionally significant to our Caucus, which is verified by the fact that this is the second listening to on this topic that we have held on the eastern facet of the point out,” stated Chairman of the Democratic Plan Committee, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. “I want to thank all the testifiers and customers who participated now in this significant dialogue.” 

Supplemental composed testimony arrived from representatives from Geisinger and the PA Health and fitness Obtain Community. All testimonies can be identified at pahouse.com/policycommittee.