“I am relieved to hear that Ascension Wisconsin has responded to public outcry and put their harmful plan to cut essential services at St. Joseph’s Hospital on hold. St. Joseph’s is a vital safety net hospital that primarily serves Medicare and Medicaid patients and operates in an underserved Milwaukee community. Reducing services would threaten the well-being of my constituents by forcing them to travel to distant hospitals that are already struggling to meet existing demand.

“Since Ascension’s announcement, I have worked tirelessly with city leaders calling on Ascension to put an end to their planned service reduction. Yesterday, I sent a letter to Ascension urging them to conduct a thorough review of the impact a reduction of services would have on my constituents. I am encouraged to learn that they have taken my concerns into consideration and suspended their plan. As Ascension determines how they will move forward, I will continue to monitor their actions closely and work to ensure that Milwaukee residents have access to the medical services they need.”

The congresswoman’s letter to Ascension is available here.

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