Leonard Hernandez CEO

Healthcare is a complicated issue, and this election is critical for rural Kansas hospitals. On October 27, Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez will help voters understand the issues that affect lives every day in Coffey County.

In this special segment of the popular Lunch & Learn series, Hernandez will translate the impact Medicaid expansion in Kansas would have on Coffey County Hospital, and look at potential effects of national healthcare issues.

“A statewide study showed that Coffey County Hospital alone loses an average of $294,180 per year in Medicaid reimbursement cuts brought about through the Affordable Care Act,” explained Hernandez. “If our own legislators approve KanCare expansion, our hospital will gain an estimated $2.2 million in federal dollars over the next ten years—dollars that are currently being left on the table. Numbers like these are staggering for rural hospitals. We’ve seen the effects right here with the closure of our neighboring hospital in Independence. It is vital that our community learn the facts and join our staff in voting for healthcare in Kansas.”

Hernandez will also discuss ways to help secure a bright future for rural hospitals even after the ballots are counted on November 8. Postcards and material will be available at the Lunch & Learn for citizens to send our local representatives after the election.

The public is invited to attend the presentation on Thursday, October 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in Coffey County Hospital’s Allen Woods 2 Conference Room. Attendance and lunch are free; however, seating is limited. To register, call Melanie Mozey at (620) 364-2121 Ext. 4174. Online registration is available at www.coffeyhealth.org

About Coffey Health System
Coffey Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services in Coffey and Woodson Counties. In addition to Coffey County Hospital, five physician clinics serve patients in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, and Yates Center. The CHS continuum also includes Coffey County Emergency Medical Services; The Meadows, CCH Home Health Agency, and CHS Rehabilitation & Wellness Services in Burlington; and Sunset Manor long-term care in Waverly.

For additional information, please contact:
Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing
Coffey Health System
801 N. Fourth, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507