Statement on passage of health care reform by Lloyd H. Dean, president/chief executive officer
San Francisco, CA - March 22, 2010 - "Catholic Healthcare West has long been a strong advocate for meaningful, comprehensive health care reform. We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to move the nation toward a new health compact by passing The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"Everyone involved in this important debate recognizes that this effort has been a long, tough, and often contentious road. This legislation addresses the real problems in our health care system: too many people without coverage and the high cost of care for all. We are hopeful that the Senate will act swiftly to pass the reconciliation bill so we can move to focusing on implementation.
"If we are to bring meaningful reforms to the nation's health care system, hospitals must invest in advanced clinical information systems," said Lloyd Dean, president/chief executive officer of CHW. "This financial commitment is about preparing for a future that better integrates patient data with care delivery. Electronic health records will help ensure that we are able to provide quality, affordable health care in a compassionate setting.""This is the beginning of an era of change. Now we must all come together to achieve the high quality outcomes and lower costs called for in the legislation. As always, CHW will continue to work with our national leaders, our excellent caregivers and staff, and the communities we are so fortunate to serve to ensure that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care."