"We want to ensure we have a world-class healthcare system in Hampton Roads, " said Bryan Stephens during a forum on the Affordable Care Act at the Hampton Roads Chamber. The forum was sponsored by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA), Virginia Business Coalition on Health, and the Hampton Roads Chamber. The focus was to update members of the business community with presentations on the status of the ACA and the proposed AHCA, along with perspectives from representatives from both the health care providers and insurers. Over 30 Hampton Roads Chamber board members were in attendance, listening and participating in an engaging question and answer discussion portion of the program.
During the forum, Bryan Stephens was presented with the inaugural VHHA Community Health Care Champion Award by Michael Gentry, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Sentara Healthcare. The award was given to the chamber in recognition of doing a "phenomenal job representing the interests of the chamber membership and the great Hampton Roads community," said Gentry. Julie Dime, VP of Governmental Affairs for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association said, " The Hampton Roads Chamber has been an extraordinarily great partner for VHHA on healthcare policy in the Commonwealth. Bryan has been stalwart in representing multiple chambers when testifying on behalf of the business community for healthcare issues before the General Assembly."
The Hampton Roads Chamber strives to be an impactful advocate for our members in all areas of policy and legislature that effects the business community and chamber was honored to host this engaging healthcare forum. " The healthcare industry is a huge economic driver for our community," said Bryan Stephens, "healthcare costs affect every business whether large or small. We set the conditions for businesses to succeed so helping to achieve affordable healthcare is part of our mission." Stephens concluded the forum with a call to action to contact elected leaders and keep them informed of the business community's perspective on healthcare legislation. "Share your thoughts with the chamber as well," said Stephens, "so we can advocate on your behalf."
(Pictured here left to right: Michael Gentry, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Sentara Healthcare; Bryan Stephens, President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber; Ken Deans, VP & CIO, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center)