State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) welcomed representatives from Edward-Elmhurst Health of Naperville to Springfield on Wednesday for the Illinois Hospital Association’s Quality Advocacy Showcase at the Capitol.
“Edward-Elmhurst Hospital is the largest employer in the 41st Legislative House District, and it was a pleasure to meet with hospital representatives to discuss infection prevention and other healthcare initiatives,” said Wehrli.
As part of the showcase, Edward-Elmhurst Health highlighted a recent initiative that addresses hospital-onset infections. Their display outlined how a $20,000 investment in staff training and education led to more than $189,000 in savings from early diagnosis and treatment, and preventative measures to stop the spread of the common hospital-related infection.
“This infection prevention initiative is just one example of the fine work being done by Edward-Elmhurst Health in our region,” Wehrli said. “We are very fortunate to have such a well-respected and successful healthcare provider in DuPage County.”
Wehrli also spoke to the hospital administrators about pending legislation that would add millions of dollars in new costs to hospitals through new staffing mandates. “Edward Hospital does an excellent job of providing world-class health care to its patients while being extremely conscious of costs,” added Wehrli. “HB 2604 is currently pending the House, and this measure would devastate hospital budgets and lead to significant increases in health care costs.”