OSF hosts first of meetings about the Affordable Health Care Act

By WEEK Reporter

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill -- Now that the Federal government's Affordable Health Care Act is in place, hospitals, governments and communities want to make sure it's fully implemented to residents.

That's one of the reasons OSF St. Francis Medical Center hosted the first in a series of meetings to outline its services and programs on Wednesday.

The session also provided community and business leaders with information on some of the specialty services OSF provides so that residents do not have to travel out of the local area for care.

"Anytime you stimulate conversation with people that you are providing services for that can tell you where you can do it better, or they have concerns about some costs or outcomes, issues that's a perfect conversation with the people that are paying for the services," said OSF Saint Francis Medical Center CEO Keith Steffen.

Children's Hospital of Illinois President Margaret Gustafson also participated in the program.

She says it's important that legislators and adults do not lose site of the care that children need.