National Hospital Week is May 8-14. It is the perfect time to celebrate the heroes who care for and provide support to their communities.

Every day, Hospital Heroes deliver our babies, mend broken bones, and save lives. They get us home faster through innovative care. They even keep us healthier through preventive care services that ensure we get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

They deserve a “thank you,” today and every day. Yet Congress has cut federal funding for hospitals by $158.1 billion since 2010. If they continue to slash this funding year after year, heroic caregivers could be laid off, ER wait times could increase, and patients could have a harder time accessing the latest medical technology.

So this National Hospital Week, I’ll be thanking our caregivers and hospital staff. I hope our members of Congress will stand up for our hospitals too.

Tracey Penney

Altha

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