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Essential Hospitals Mourn Loss of Champion for Equity and Affordable Care


Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON — Our nation lost a hero yesterday with the passing of Rep. John Lewis. He was a humble leader who dedicated his life to fighting for equal rights for all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or lot in life.

Lewis’ resolute belief in equality drove his passionate activism to ensure every person in our country can access affordable, high-quality health care. He championed the mission-driven work of essential hospitals, such as Grady Health System in his hometown of Atlanta. Lewis steadfastly supported legislative policies to safeguard their service to vulnerable patients, communities, and the health care safety net.

The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the many inequities that persist in health and health care — and the need to do more to end these disparities. We must carry forward Lewis’ legacy by committing to good service in support of tearing down social and economic barriers to well-being and building a culture of equity in health care.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at

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