SPOONER, WI -- Representatives from Spooner Health and Kyle O’Brien, Senior Vice President of Government Relations with the Wisconsin Hospital Association, had the opportunity to meet with Senator-elect Romaine Quinn and Representative Dave Armstrong on Thursday, December 22nd.
Mike Schafer, CEO of Spooner Health, opened the meeting with introductions. Other attendees from Spooner Health included Clint Miller (BSN Chief Nursing Officer), Rebecca Busch (Chief Financial Officer), Cindy Rouzer (Human Resources Director), Dr. Brian Gaskill (Board Member/Chief of Staff), and Michelle Martin (Public Relations & Marketing Director).
“We truly appreciate Senator-elect Quinn and Representative Armstrong taking the time to meet with our team to discuss rural healthcare. Providing excellent patient care is our focus at Spooner Health and we appreciate the support of our legislators to assist us in continuing to provide high quality care to our community.” - Mike Schafer, CEO, Spooner Health
Much of the discussion focused on workforce related issues which have significantly impacted the healthcare industry. Well-trained staff are vital to providing excellent patient care. Ideas were discussed to help with increasing the healthcare workforce for rural hospitals. Other topics of discussion included the need for more options for post-acute care placement, the rising expenses for rural hospitals to provide services, and challenges with the prior authorization process.
“Wisconsin’s hospitals are facing significant challenges in delivering care to patients, driven by unprecedented cost increases for staff and supplies with limited reimbursement increases from insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid. Our discussion with senior leaders at Spooner Health, Senator-elect Quinn and Representative Armstrong produced actionable solutions to these challenges.” - Kyle O’Brien, Senior Vice President Government Relations, Wisconsin Hospital Association
To learn more about Spooner Health, visit SpoonerHealth.com.
Spooner Health is a licensed 25-bed critical access hospital with a wide range of services from emergency and inpatient care to outpatient therapy, surgery and diagnostic imaging. Spooner Health is dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare with excellent service.
[Photo: (Left to Right) – Dr. Brian Gaskill, Kyle O’Brien, Mike Schafer, Senator-elect Romaine Quinn, Representative Dave Armstrong, Clint Miller, Cindy Rouzer, Michelle Martin, Becky Busch]