SPRINGFIELD - The following statement can be attributed to A.J. Wilhelmi, President and CEO of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA), in response to Gov. JB Pritzker’s 2023 State of the State and Budget Address.
“The Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) echoes Gov. Pritzker’s gratitude for Illinois’ healthcare heroes, who continue to navigate the many challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“IHA commends the Governor for his support of Illinois hospitals and his steadfast commitment to funding programs that will enhance mental and behavioral health services and will help grow Illinois’ healthcare workforce.
“Despite the fiscal and workforce challenges, Illinois hospitals remain strong, viable and committed to providing safe, quality healthcare for all.
“IHA looks forward to working with Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to build a strong healthcare workforce and ensure access to healthcare in Illinois.”
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association, with offices in Naperville, Springfield, Washington, D.C., and Chicago advocates for Illinois’ more than 200 hospitals and nearly 40 health systems as they serve their patients and communities. IHA members provide a broad range of services— not just within their walls, but across the continuum of healthcare and in their communities. Reflecting the diversity of the state, IHA members consist of nonprofit, investor-owned and public hospitals in the following categories: community, safety net, rural, critical access, specialty and teaching hospitals, including academic medical centers. For more information, see www.team-iha.org. Like IHA on Facebook. Follow IHA on Twitter.