July/August 2002

Market-based Leaders Visit Capitol Hill


Leaders from three market-based organizations took part in the Catholic Health Association’s annual Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C., during the week of June 10. The representatives of Catholic Health Initiatives joined with those from 16 other Catholic health systems and state associations for two days of presentations, panel discussions and visits to legislators on Capitol Hill. "Our market-based leaders met with members of their Congressional delegations to talk about concerns specific to their facilities as well as the broad issues of health care access and coverage," said Marcia Desmond, director of public policy for Catholic Health Initiatives, who attended Advocacy Days along with Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD, senior vice president of advocacy. Catholic Health Initiatives’ other Advocacy Days participants were: Carmela Brown Government Relations/Legislation Advocate Mercy Health Network Des Moines, Iowa Kathy Stumbo President and Chief Executive Officer Our Lady of the Way Hospital Martin, Ky. Wally Mc Masters, Chair, Board of Directors Our Lady of the Way Hospital Martin, Ky. Lynn Heper, Member, Board of Directors Our Lady of the Way Hospital Martin, Ky. Mark Tozzio Senior Vice President, Marketing and Development St. John’s Regional Medical Center Joplin, Mo. For more information on Catholic Health Initiatives’ advocacy agenda and opportunities, contact Marcia Desmond at marciadesmond@chi-national.org.

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During Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C., Catholic Health Initiatives market-based leaders met with members of their Congressional delegations. Meeting here are (clockwise from left) Wally McMasters, chair of the Board of Directors at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Rosanne Nields, assistant vice president for planning and marketing at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Covington, Ky.; Kathy Stumbo, president and chief executive officer, Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Scott Raab, legislative assistant to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; Lynn Heper, member of the Board of Directors at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; and Carmela Brown, government relations/legislation advocate, Mercy Medical Center.