As the 119th session of the South Carolina General Assembly draws to a close, the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) summer advocacy campaign is only beginning. One of the first hospitals to take advantage of the SCHA Advocacy program was Oconee Medical Center in Seneca. Forty-five members of the Oconee Medical Center management team and Board of Directors were joined by SCHA Director of Federal and Member Advocacy Elizabeth Burt to receive a legislative update on issues affecting healthcare and discuss initiatives to ramp up grassroots involvement at the hospital.
“As healthcare continues to be a defining issue for government, it’s becoming more and more important for South Carolina’s hospitals to participate in the legislative process. We need to make sure our elected officials understand the issues surrounding the delivery of healthcare, and the magnitude of the decisions they make. We must make our voices heard,” said Burt.
Burt’s visit to Oconee marks the kickoff of a summer advocacy campaign to encourage hospital leadership to participate in the SCHA LEAd Grassroots Network and ensure that the healthcare community is influencing policy decisions that will affect the future of healthcare. By joining LEAd, hospitals have the opportunity to join their colleagues across the state in advocating for South Carolina’s hospitals to members of Congress and the State General Assembly. For more information on LEAd, or to schedule an Advocacy Mission for your hospital, please contact Elizabeth Burt at EBurt@scha.org or 803-360-1607.