#ICareabouthealthcare Why healthcare matters in our community.


We want to know: why do YOU care about healthcare?

Healthcare isn't just about medicine or technology or policy - it's about people. Why is healthcare important to you? Is it your passion for caring for others? Is it a loved one who inspires you? Has an experience changed your life? How has access to healthcare been important for you and your family? Here's a chance to tell your story to the world.

Marine Veteran Jack Bender needed emergency gall stone surgery and was transported to Cooper University Health Care's trauma center, where Dr. John Chovanes saved his life. Learn More.

For bender, #Icareabouthealthcare means thanking Dr. Chovanes on live tv.

Dr. Chovanes, here with Bender and fellow trauma surgeon Dr. John Porter, says it's his team that does the lifesaving. #ICareAboutHealthcare because...

"That’s who it is- at our hospital, it’s not me. It’s not me at all. It’s our incredible trauma surgeons, I work with amazing doctors and nurses. It’s those nurses and those other doctors, and everybody, the techs, everybody makes that trauma center run. Everybody. From the man or woman who keeps the place clean to the surgeons, it’s a whole team effort.
Theresa Edelstein says, "Let's make our voices heard! #ICareAboutHealthcare" (@Tle723Theresa)


"I was born with a chronic illness, thanks to a roll of the cosmic dice (1/4 chance). If I hadn't been born to the parents I was, it is a certainty that I would have died before the age of 10 - there were more than a few close calls. I was extremely fortunate that my parents could afford decent health insurance to cover my needs.

Today, thanks to Obamacare, a kid born with the same condition doesn't need the same amount of luck. But if Congress passes the AHCA and President Trump makes it law, we go back to the bad old days where the lucky live and the unlucky die. This isn't a game, and if you've been complacent it's time for you to fight for your friends and family. We need to save healthcare for ourselves, our communities and our country."


Betsy Ryan says, "The future of healthcare is too important to get wrong. #ICareAboutHealthcare" (@NJHospitals)
Dr. Margaret Fernandes, Neonatalist/Perinatalist, Lourdes Health System

Dr. Margaret Fernandes has more than 40 years of experience practicing in the pediatric care world, and has seen the variety of challenges facing uninsured and underinsured families with sick children.

Fernandes, who specializes in neonatology, perinatology and pediatrics, said she selected pediatrics as her specialty because of the rapid advancements made in the field; now she sees a rapid deterioration of the access to care her patients in Camden need to remain healthy.

"The number of either underinsured or no insurance is still significant," Fernandes said of her patient population. "The newborns may have insurance for a month under the mother... and then when the child gets sick they cannot be seen in physicians' offices so they end up in the Emergency Room, or wait for care and come in really sick."

She said many of the families she sees have trouble filling prescriptions once they are discharged from the hospital. Families also have issues finding transportation to specialty appointments beyond their local community health centers. Fernandes said that her NJ FamilyCare patients covered under Medicaid can call a phone number to set up medical transportation through the state, but other patients that don't have FamilyCare may not be able to get to specialist appointments. "You talk to (families) and you find out what they're really going through."

Fernandes said these barriers to care can have lasting impact on families.

"We need to realize that anything that is delayed in a child is for the next 70 to 80 years of that child's life; it could affect late-onset diseases that may have been prevented if caught earlier," she said.

More people who say #ICareAboutHealthcare!

Clockwise from top left: Kennedy ICU, University Hospital Patient Experience Team, St. Michael's OR and the Valley Hospital Foundation.

@MCaliendo33: #ICareAboutHealthcare because Dr. Hannema and Cara keep me healthy! Thank you! #NursesWeek #HospitalWeek @HunterdonHealth

@UnivHospNewark: We care about healthcare because we understand the need to provide kind, quality care to everyone #icareabouthealthcare

@JackieCornell: #ICareAboutHealthcare because I wouldn't be where I am today w/o team of amazing docs when I was a very sick newborn #HospitalWeek

@CentraState: #ICareAboutHealthcare...because it matters!

More of the people in NJ who say #ICareAboutHealthcare! Clockwise from top left: Kennedy Health CEO Joe Devine; the pharmacy team from University Hospital ; Mary Ditri from NJHA; Public Relations Professionals from around the state; and Doug Struyk, CEO of Christian Health Care, and Sr. Pat Codey of Catholic HealthCare Partnership of NJ.

The New Jersey Hospital Association is a not-for-profit trade organization committed to delivering support and services to the state’s hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers. We share a collective goal of providing quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to the people of the Garden State.

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