More than 70 Illinois Nurses travel to Springfield to Meet with Legislators

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More than 70 nurses with Advocate Health Care, Illinois’ largest health system, will travel to the state capitol in Springfield to meet with legislators to discuss major health care policy issues. The nurses will voice their opinions on a variety of topics including potential cuts to Medicaid and threats to eliminate the property tax exemption for hospitals, among other issues.

“As Illinois’ largest employer of nurses, nearly 10,000, Advocate is committed to ensuring our nurses have a platform so that their voices are heard,” said Meghan Clune Woltman, vice president of community and government relations, Advocate Health Care

WHAT: More than 70 nurses with Advocate Health Care, Illinois’ largest health system, will travel to the state capitol in Springfield to meet with legislators to discuss major health care policy issues. The nurses will voice their opinions on a variety of topics including potential cuts to Medicaid and threats to eliminate the property tax exemption for hospitals, among other issues. This is the 7th year Advocate has sponsored the trip for the nurses as part of its annual Nurse Advocacy Day.

“As Illinois’ largest employer of nurses, nearly 10,000, Advocate is committed to ensuring our nurses have a platform so that their voices are heard,” said Meghan Clune Woltman, vice president of community and government relations, Advocate Health Care. “This is their opportunity to speak directly with legislators from their districts and share their personal perspective on the issues that matter most to them.” Last year, nurses brought forth issues on nurse staffing and discussed proposed cuts to Medicaid.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center nurse Janet Jaworski made the trip last year. She found strength in numbers. “I felt empowered to be among nurses that really care about the future of our professions and our hospitals,” she said. “The best thing was that we not only were able to speak for nurses but for our patients as well.”

WHEN: May 2, 2012 at 12:45pm

WHERE: Illinois State Capitol Building, Springfield

WHO: Area Reporters
Interview/Photo/Videotaping Opportunities:
Representatives of the news media are invited to attend the event, which will provide ample interview, photo and videotaping opportunities with Advocate nurses and legislators.

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