Congresswoman Beatty Hosts Healthcare Leaders Coronavirus Conference Call
COLUMBUS, OH—This morning, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) convened a conference call with healthcare leaders in Ohio’s Third Congressional District to discuss the federal government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and to hear directly from them about their work to address the virus.
“At a time when your organizations are on the front lines in the battle against the coronavirus, thank you for taking time today to talk with me,” Beatty said to open the call. “I want you to know that I am committed to making sure you have the supplies and personal protective equipment needed to continue your life-saving work, while at the same time keeping you safe.” Beatty added, “However, Congress can and must do more, and this call will help my team and I ensure we continue to keep the health and well-being of all our shared constituents at the forefront of our work in Congress and Central Ohio.”
During the call, participants updated Beatty on their successful partnerships that have not only improved and expanded COVID-19 testing but guaranteed that critical physical and mental healthcare services remain available during the public health crisis to patients with and without the virus. Healthcare leaders also shared important information on community outreach and public awareness campaigns and their ongoing preparations for an expected surge of patients in the near future. Finally, many offered advice on legislative proposals to improve upon the delivery of healthcare and to shore up medical supply chains.
Healthcare experts on the call included: Dr. Harold Paz, Executive Vice President and Chancellor for Health Affairs, The Ohio State University | CEO, Wexner Medical Center; Karen Morrison, President of the OhioHealth Foundation, OhioHealth; Jeff Rose, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy, Battelle; Jennifer Carlson, Associate Vice President External Relations and Advocacy, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Health Science Colleges; Laura Padgitt, Director of Government Relations, Cardinal Health; Dr. M. Buhari Mohammad, CEO, Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers; Tracy Cloud, CEO, Lower Lights Christian Health Center, Andrew Inglis, CEO, The Woods at Parkside; and Javier Martinez, Director of Government Relations, DaVita Kidney Care.
In addition to her COVID-19 conference call with healthcare leaders, Beatty is holding a daylong series of calls with communities of faith, small businesses, housing organizations, and nonprofits. She previously hosted a community stakeholder call on March 13th, a telephone town hall with constituents on March 27th, and a call with municipality mayors on April 6th.