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Mercy Seeks Feedback on Healthcare Issues

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Ever since the federal healthcare bill passed through Congress, communities have been wondering how it will affect them. On Thursday, leaders in the Springfield area will have the chance to voice their opinions to Mercy Health System, the owner of St. John’s. KSMU’s Adam Hammons has more.

On Thursday evening, St. John’s will hold a brainstorming session at the University Plaza in Springfield. The purpose will be to get feedback from the community about healthcare issues. Cora Scott, the spokesperson for St. John’s, explains what they will be looking for.

“We really want to uncover what are some barriers for people getting healthcare access and getting the healthcare they need, so that we can work as a community to find solutions for a healthier future for everybody.”

This is all part of a project by the Mercy Health System that will cover 26 communities in four states over the next month.

Scott said that Mercy will use the feedback from each community as part of a year long planning process that will conclude next January. The information they receive will help in deciding what healthcare system will work best in each community.

The roundtable will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the University Plaza on John Q. Hammons Parkway. It is an invitation-only event, and will feature leaders in various spheres of Springfield.

For KSMU News, I’m Adam Hammons.