We are thankful for the leadership, commitment and collaboration of our governor and her staff as well as the state Legislature, Iowa Department of Public Health and many emergency preparedness teams across Iowa. These partnerships are crucial in securing much needed COVID-19 funding, testing and supplies.
Lastly, we are appreciative of Senators Ernst and Grassley, along with Representatives Axne, Finkenauer, King and Loebsack, for their hard work in advancing the disaster relief packages, such as recent legislation designed to stabilize the economic impact COVID-19 has had on businesses and people. The health care industry is thankful to be included in this much needed relief package to ensure we can meet the challenges in front of us. As we monitor this pandemic day by day, our industry will likely need to call on Congress, yet again, to stop this virus and focus on recovery efforts.
MercyOne remains unwavering in our commitment to deliver high-quality, compassionate care during this most difficult time. Like everyone, we look forward to returning to our normal lifestyles. In the meantime, share a message of support with your health care and essential worker heroes, continue to practice social distancing and please stay home when possible.
Thank you for the privilege to serve you, Iowa. We look forward to brighter days ahead.
This essay was also signed by Beth Hughes, president MercyOne, Western Iowa, Karl Keeler, president, MercyOne Central Iowa, Rod Schlader, president, Mercyone North Iowa, and Kay Takes, president, Mercyone Eastern Iowa.
Jack Dusenbery is president of MercyOne, Northeast Iowa, and Bob Ritz is president and chief executive officer, Mercy One.
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