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MILWAUKEE, WI — In response to mounting pressure from activists, Ascension Wisconsin has announced it will pause its plan to cut vital health services from St. Joseph hospital. Today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kelda Roys released the following statement calling on Ascension to make these changes permanent.
“I want to congratulate the activists and advocates who fought to save vital medical services at St. Joe’s hospital. Today, I’m calling on Ascension Wisconsin to commit to permanently providing surgery and inpatient services at St. Joe’s. Anything less is unacceptable.
“The health disparities faced by Wisconsin’s African American community are heartbreaking, shameful, and they must end. The causes of these disparities are multi-faceted and complex, and are inextricably tied to disparities in wealth, wages, incarceration, educational achievement, and so much more. Our state must double-down on closing these disparities, not slide even further into inequity.
“Saving St. Joe’s is crucial, but it is only the start. Wisconsin has an immense amount of progress to make in providing everyone with quality, affordable health care. Our government has been derelict in that responsibility for far too long and families across the state have suffered as a result. This must change.”