Healthcare needs advocates at capitol

To the Editor:

Staff and volunteers from St. Gabriel’s Hospital Auxiliary joined more than 75 other health care volunteers at the State Capitol Wednesday, April 9, to meet with legislators and advocate for health care services in Minnesota as part of the Health Care Auxiliaries of Minnesota (HCAM) Day at the Capitol.

This collaborative effort is an annual HCAM event supported by the Minnesota Hospital Association and Aging Services of Minnesota. It is an incredible opportunity to get an update on legislative decisions that will be made this session regarding health care services in our community, and to share our perspective on what those decisions will mean to those we serve.

Health care volunteers are more important than ever, as the Health and Human Services budget has repeatedly shouldered the burden of solving the state’s budget shortfalls. The services HCAM’s more than 24,000 volunteers provide to hospitals and long-term care organizations across Minnesota are indispensable and contribute to the overall quality of care.

Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, took time during his busy schedule to meet with us and to listen to our ideas and concerns regarding priority issues facing Minnesota hospitals and long-term care. — Gloria Lust, president, St. Gabriel’s Hospital Auxiliary, Little Falls