AUSTIN (Sept. 23, 2009) – State Rep. Dawnna Dukes (Austin) received the Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute award during a Sept. 23 meeting with Seton Family of Hospitals leaders at the Seton Administration Offices in Austin. John Hawkins, senior vice president of advocacy and public policy for the Texas Hospital Association, recognized Dukes for her legislative accomplishments on behalf of health care during the regular session of the 81st Texas Legislature this year.
“Rep. Dukes is a dedicated leader whose passion for public service is evident in her commitment to Central Texans, especially the most vulnerable among us,” Hawkins said. “As a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Rep. Dukes fought to expand health care access for families in need. Her support helped make a difference time and again.”
Hawkins pointed to a number of reforms that Dukes championed or supported this legislative session, including:
Support for Medicaid reforms, including 12-month continuous eligibility;
Pressing for the expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program; and
Leading the charge for restoration of the Adult Medically Needy Medicaid program. Although the measure ultimately failed to pass, she generated significant interest in and awareness of this key issue.
“Rep. Dukes has been a consistent supporter of continuous eligibility for Medicaid and the expansion of Children’s Health Insurance Program,” said Jesus Garza, executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer, Seton Family of Hospitals. “She has been an advocate for the community in working to make health care coverage accessible. Her work to promote health care falls right in line with Seton’s Mission.”
The Texas Hospital Association created the Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute award in 1997 to honor state legislators and other public officials who are highly supportive of issues important to hospitals and health systems during legislative sessions. Dukes is one of 12 recipients chosen from the 81st Session.
About the Texas Hospital Association
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents more than 85 percent of the state’s hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 355,000 health care professionals statewide. To learn more about THA, visit www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals.
About the Seton Family of Hospitals
The Seton Family of Hospitals is the leading provider of healthcare services in Central Texas with 23 clinical locations throughout the region. The Seton Family of Hospitals includes the only Level I Trauma Centers for adult and pediatrics in the Austin area; the only Heart Transplant Center in Central Texas; and the first two Designated Stroke Centers in Texas to receive a Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission. The Seton Family of Hospitals has been awarded four Magnet designations, the highest award for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC is an independent subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, the nation’s largest organization of nursing professionals. In FY2008, Seton, a member of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health network in the nation, provided more than $419 million in charity and community benefit to Central Texans.
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