At the Nebraska Hospital Association's 2004 Advocacy Day event on March 4, the NHA recognized Faith Regional Health Services with the 2003 Advocacy Team of the Year Award. The award is presented annually to one hospital advocacy team for outstanding grassroots efforts, impacting health care legislation at the state and federal levels.
Faith Regional worked at the federal level to fight Medicaid reimbursement cuts, promote AHEC (Area Health Education Center) funding, receive a professional shortage area designation and restrain the rocketing costs of medical liability insurance.
At the state level, Faith Regional employees met with their senator to discuss Medicaid reimbursement, AHEC funding, tax exempt status, charity care, the closing of Richard Young hospital in Omaha, mental health reform, professional shortage area designation, provider payment cuts to hospitals, and maintaining Nebraska's medical liability cap.
By building strong relationships with their state and federal delegates, Faith Regional has become a valued resource for health care issue information among delegates.
Sally McKenzie, director of outreach, and Patrick Roche, vice president of mission services, accepted the award on behalf of Faith Regional Health Services.
The Nebraska Hospital Association serves as the unified voice for Nebraska's hospitals and health systems, helping hospitals provide comprehensive care to their communities. The NHA provides advocacy, communication, educational programs and data information to its member hospitals.