Recently Hospital Sisters Health System’s St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls hosted Rep. Rob Summerfield for a visit. As a freshman legislator elected in November 2016, the visit was Summerfield’s first at the hospital.
During the visit, President/CEO Joan Coffman and other hospital leaders discussed key health care issues with Summerfield, including thanking him for his support for Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital funding. Since HSHS St. Joseph’s has a long history of providing AODA and mental health services, the group was able to describe in detail current challenges related to funding and provider shortages for these services. Also highlighted were issues related to the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, such as broadband access, as well as network adequacy and physician shortages.
Summerfield also toured the hospital.