Leadership from the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) recently took part in the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.
More than 1,000 people attended this year’s meeting to reconnect with colleagues; hear from top policymakers and elected officials; and learn from special forums on the most pressing issues in the field. Tammy Hatting, COO of SDAHO attended the convention and says it was important to reconnect with so many in the industry and to hear about the future of healthcare on a national scale. “The 2022 Annual Membership meeting is a great opportunity to focus on the levers that drive policy in the healthcare industry. This year’s meeting was the first time in two years that hospital and health system leaders were able to come together to celebrate our achievements, recognize our healthcare heroes and discuss strategy for addressing the massive growth in expenses and rising inflation in our hospitals and health systems. “ Tammy Hatting – COO, SDAHO
In addition to networking with other hospital associations from across the country, the yearly event is an important part of SDAHO’s federal advocacy work, and it is a great opportunity to bring member hospital CEOs to the Capitol to meet with South Dakota’s delegation. “Attendance at the annual AHA meeting allows the SDAHO advocacy team to network with other hospital associations, members and trustees and hear from top policy makers and industry experts.” Tammy Hatting – COO, SDAHO
During their time in our nation’s capital, SDAHO was able to visit with two of our three Congressmen, Sen. John Thune, and Rep. Mike Rounds. Both of our Congressional delegates took the time to visit with the SDAHO team on a variety of issues important to healthcare communities. “SDAHO thanks our federal delegation for taking the time to meet with us. It was helpful to hear about the work that is being done to support telehealth services, especially for mental health, and how lawmakers are focused on finding solutions to the workforce crisis. “ Tammy Hatting – COO, SDAHO
Tammy says SDAHO is thankful for the relationship that the organization has with our congressional leaders and the organizations. “In South Dakota, we are very fortunate to have personal relationships with our congressman and their staff. They enjoy having South Dakota visitors in the Capitol and their lines of communication are always open.”
To learn more about this years AHA Annual Convention, highlights can be found on the AHA News Website.