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Manar tours Pana Community Hospital

PCH11292017 3PANA – Senator Andy Manar toured Pana Community Hospital and the site of its $20.1 million expansion project, currently under construction.

The visit was part of his district-wide health care listening tour, during which he met with local hospital leaders to learn more about the challenges they face in providing health care in central Illinois, as well as suggestions they have for regulatory changes that could be addressed through legislation.

“I continue to be impressed by the hard work, innovation and leadership that occur every day at Pana Community Hospital,” Manar said. “The institution’s roots in Pana run deep, and I’m excited that it continues to expand and invest in the people who live here by offering the finest health care, good-paying jobs and excellent community stewardship.”

Manar met with Trina Casner, hospital president and CEO; James Moon, hospital chief financial officer; Carol Schramm, hospital board chairman; and Dave Slater, hospital board member.

Casner led Manar on a tour of the hospital and the site where workers have begun construction of an addition to the hospital, its first major expansion in decades.

“We’re thankful Senator Manar took the time to visit Pana Community Hospital and appreciate his support of rural health care providers,” Casner said. “It is important to be able to sit down with our elected officials to voice concerns and struggles we face in providing quality health care in a rural setting. It was also exciting to share plans for our building project and show the senator our plans for the future.”

Manar visited the hospital on Nov. 29.

The tour, which included stops at every hospital and federally qualified health center in the 48th Senate District, highlighted the importance of rural health care in Illinois and called attention to the need for continued investment in this vital sector of the economy.

Significant topics of discussion among the hospitals and clinics were:

  • issues with implementation of the state’s Medicaid managed care program;
  • staffing and recruitment challenges, particularly with regard to a shortage of specialists, nurses and medical technicians in rural areas;
  • telehealth, especially a desire for more telepsychiatry and the current use of teleneurology assessments for stroke patients;
  • changes to the federal tax plan and a possible fiscal cliff, and how each could affect federally qualified health centers in central Illinois that rely on federal funding to operate;
  • the ongoing need for better access to adult and child dental care;
  • the effects of the Affordable Care Act on rural and downstate health care, the gains hospitals and clinics have made under the ACA and the negative implications that a roll-back could have on the delivery of services and employment in the region.

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By the numbers

According to the Illinois Hospital Association, hospitals in the 48th Senate District employ 9,043 full-time equivalent employees and have a combined payroll of nearly $685 million.

More than 22,000 additional jobs are created as a result of hospitals operating in the district.

Hospital spending on payroll, other goods and services, and capital projects – combined with the additional jobs the institutions support – have a total economic impact of $4.15 billion on the 48th Senate District and on the state economy.

Stadelman: Congressman Anderson was a true public servant

stadelman 031517ROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) released the statement below following the passing of former Congressman John Anderson.

“John Anderson was the true embodiment of a public servant. As a member of the Greatest Generation, he joined the Army and fought to protect our country during World War II.

“As a congressman and presidential candidate, he had a proven track record of being an independent, bipartisan voice for the Rockford community. Even after he retired from the public life, he continued to work toward bipartisan reforms to improve our election process.

“We could all learn a little from Congressman Anderson in this particularly partisan environment. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with his family during this difficult time.”

Steans’ women’s fair will offer ‘Information for Inspiration’

Steans event flyer 112917CHICAGO – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) will host a women’s fair Wednesday evening to bring together local service providers and have a discussion about issues women face in the workplace and in pursuit of success.

The free event will feature two panel discussions and vendors from an array of organizations that support women, including Sarah’s Circle, Planned Parenthood and Edgewater Village.

The first panel will include local female entrepreneurs who will discuss their experience starting their own business. Panelists include: Mary Morten, president of Morten Group; Sonat Birnecker Hart, founder of KOVAL Distillery; Karen Rose, owner of City Olive; and Miss Alex White, founder of the band White Mystery.

The second panel will feature women who have been successful in their careers. Panelists include: Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart; Jean Franczyk, CEO and president of the Chicago Botanic Garden; Gwenn Rausch, CEO of Heartland Health Centers; and Eva Peroulas, clinical nurse manager of the Family Birthing and Women's Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

What:              Women: Information for Inspiration

When:             4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6

Where:            St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Road

Who:               State Senator Heather Steans, State Representatives Kelly Cassidy and Greg Harris,
                        48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman, organizations that support women, panelists.

Steans and Cassidy: It would be a mistake to ignore the facts on legalizing marijuana

map cannabis legalCHICAGO – The sponsors of legislation to legalize recreational cannabis for adults in Illinois pushed back against Gov. Bruce Rauner’s opposition based on a supposed lack of data to support legalization.

“The governor’s statement against legalizing recreational adult-use marijuana is shortsighted and uninformed,” Steans said. “States began legalizing recreational marijuana five years ago. That’s five years of data that show that teen use does not increase when it’s legalized.”