Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Children's Hospital engage local legislators on health care issues
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge hosted a Legislative Forum on Monday, Dec. 2, to talk to legislators about issues affecting health care and the nursing profession. The event is intended to amplify the voices of bedside nurses, ensuring that legislators hear from people who care for patients every day.
Attendance by local state legislators included senators Laura Murphy (D, 28th District) and Robert Martwick (D, 10th District) and representatives Bradley Stephens (R, 10th District), Michelle Mussman (D, 56th District), Kathleen Willis (D, 77th District) and Jonathan Carroll (D, 57th District).
Nearly 50 participating nurses talked with legislators about the Medicaid program, workplace safety and e-cigarette laws among other health care concerns affecting the nursing profession.
The Legislative Forum was hosted by Advocate's Nurse Advocacy Council, a self-governed council composed of front-line nurses that works to educate and empower the largest nursing audience in Illinois: Advocate's more than 11,000 professional nurses. Advocate is the only known health care provider in the state to provide front-line nurses with this opportunity, thus giving them a stronger voice on legislative issues in Springfield and Washington D.C.
About Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care (Advocate), the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest Accountable Care Organizations in the country. A national leader in population health management, Advocate operates nearly 400 sites of care and 12 hospitals, including three of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals, the state's largest integrated children's network, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care), three Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health and hospice companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $2.1 billion in charitable care and services to its communities in 2018. Advocate is part of Advocate Aurora Health, one of the ten largest not-for-profit, integrated health systems in the United States. We help people live well.