Essential hospitals regularly hold down the front lines of crises nationwide — from severe storms and natural disasters to mass shootings and other emergencies, including the opioid public health emergency (PHE). This experience prepared them well for COVID-19, as it swept across the country and altered the health care landscape.
Our hospitals take on the role of front-line responders due to their mission and the unique set of characteristics they share as sources of specialized, lifesaving services, such as level I trauma and burn care; training for physicians and other health professionals; comprehensive, coordinated care across large ambulatory networks; and public health and emergency response services.
While we appreciate congressional action to date on federal aid and its bipartisan consideration of preparedness, we implore lawmakers to continue responding to urgent, pandemic-related needs and actively plan for PHEs to come by:
- supporting providers through the end of the COVID-19 PHE;
- securing the essential hospital workforce;
- providing resources to rebuild and modernize hospital infrastructure; and
- ensuring access to mental health care services.