Sup­port our hos­pi­tals

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: DANIEL O’CON­NOR NEWARK, DEL.

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.

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