West Virginia Hospital Association applauds ‘Saving Our Care’ program

CHARLESTON — Jim Kaufman, President and CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association, released the following statement regarding the Governor’s new “Saving Our Care” program.

“On behalf of the hospitals in West Virginia and the 49,000 employees who have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic, we applaud the actions taken today by Governor Justice and the COVID-19 pandemic leadership team to create a task force to provide much needed support to hospitals and long-term care facilities.

“This decision will help our hospitals manage the financial challenges of responding to the pandemic, including the escalating expenses and critical staffing needs they are currently experiencing. Ultimately, funding will help support our health care workers who have been on the frontlines of care for more than 19-months and help maintain the long-term stability of our health care system to care for all patients.

“COVID-19 continues to test the capacity of West Virginia hospitals, but we stand ready to serve our communities in the face of this pandemic. We are thankful to the Governor and our state’s leadership for recognizing the essential role of West Virginia hospitals and long-term care facilities as we continue to care for all West Virginians.”