In recognition of advocacy and support for hospitals and healthy communities
PORT TOWNSEND – The American Hospital Association (AHA) has awarded Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn its 2016 Grassroots Champion award for his health care advocacy and for fostering support for candidates for public office who are champions for health care. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) recognized Glenn for the achievement at its 41st Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference in Chelan, Wash., June 27.
The AHA Grassroots Champion Award was created to recognize hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials, have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for their hospital, and who are tireless advocates for their hospital and patients, according to the AHA. Read more about the award and see the full list of winners from across the country at http://news.aha.org/article/170428-hospital-state-leaders-are-grassroots-champions-.
“Mike has done an outstanding job of supporting health care and inspiring others to join him in his support,” WSHA CEO Cassie Sauer said. “His contributions and leadership have helped us make many improvements to our health care landscape, such as through improving funding for mental health services, expanding access to telemedicine, and protecting and improving rural health care. These improvements have made a lasting impact on patient care.”
Glenn’s leadership also supported the Washington Hospital Political Action Committee (WHPAC) and the American Hospital Association Political Action Committee (AHAPAC), which are political advocacy arms of WSHA and the AHA that help elect leaders who understand and care about their local hospitals. The political action committees also help hospitals and health systems maintain direct contact with their elected officials, supporting patients and the health of their community.
Learn more about WSHA’s state legislative agenda at http://www.wsha.org/policy-advocacy/state-legislative-agenda/ and WSHA’s federal legislative agenda at http://www.wsha.org/policy-advocacy/legislative/federal-legislative-agenda/