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SJRMC Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling Upholding the Affordable Care Act

June 28, 2012
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  06/29/12 With a belief that access and coverage for all is both a moral and practical imperative, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) is pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision, based on an initial read of the ruling. While we do not believe the Affordable Care Act to be perfect, it advances the creation of a health system that works for everyone.
We believe that the individual insurance requirement is an essential element in the successful transformation of our nation’s health care system because it will enhance access to regular and preventive care in the appropriate setting, reduce inefficient use of health care resources, and enable health care providers like us to provide more coordinated, integrated and truly patient-centered care.
“Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, along with other Catholic-sponsored providers, will continue to lead transformation, seeking new and better ways to provide compassionate, high-quality care in the communities we serve,” said Albert Gutierrez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. “We are taking the time to carefully read and evaluate the Supreme Court’s decision, and will provide guidance to the community on navigating he ACA through community forums and updates.”
About Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) is a not-for-profit, multi-hospital healthcare system located in North Central Indiana, offering a full range of services. SJRMC includes: a 254-bed acute care hospital at our Mishawaka Campus; a 58-bed acute care hospital at our Plymouth Campus; a 40-bed Rehabilitation Institute; Outpatient services of the Elm Road Medical Campus; and the Saint Joseph Physician Network that includes 20 practices with over 40 physicians. All inpatient rooms at all SJRMC facilities are private.
A Catholic Ministry Organization of Trinity Health, SJRMC offers faith-based care in a diverse, team-oriented environment. SJRMC is continually engaged in improving technology, driving excellence in patient safety and outcomes. In April 2008, the system completed its conversion to Electronic Medical Health Records (EMHR), and now uses Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE). SJRMC launched Bar Code Medication Administration in June 2011. In July 2011, SJRMC was named one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the United States for its progress towards greater health information technology. SJRMC’s Nursing Staff is currently on the Journey to Magnet Status. For more information, visit www.sjmed.com.

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