Glasgow, KY – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hosted a news conference at the T.J. Health Pavilion in Glasgow on Tuesday, July 7. Flanked by Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health, and Dr. Eric Fisher, Chief Quality Officer, Senator McConnell expressed his gratitude for Kentucky’s frontline healthcare workers and he discussed the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Additionally, he encouraged everyone to wear a mask to protect themselves and others. “Until we have a vaccine, it is incumbent on all of us to wear a mask and to protect one another,” Senator McConnell stated. “Wearing a mask is easy; certainly easier than being on a ventilator.”
The Senator thanked healthcare workers for their courage in facing the virus even without initially knowing what they were dealing with, and he emphasized that we’ve learned a lot about this disease over the past few months.
Thornbury expressed his gratitude for the CARES Act and the funding it has provided to the organization.
“I want to recognize and thank Senator McConnell for his role in introducing and leading to passage this bipartisan act,” Thornbury said. “He was instrumental in helping us to provide stability during an unstable time, and for that we are most grateful.”
Putting healthcare workers at unnecessary risk is not an option according to Dr. Fisher, who commented on how the CARES act impacted the safety of the organization.
“While the first case in KY occurred in early March, we did not have our first COVID positive inpatient until March 25th. Since then we have experienced highs and lows, losses to mourn and wins to celebrate,” he said. “Undoubtedly some of our biggest wins have been supported by the CARES Act. We have been very successful at protecting our patients, staff, and providers with the appropriate PPE to implement universal masking and all necessary precautions.”
Senator McConnell closed with remarks about the potential for another rescue package, and provided insight on what they might entail, followed by a question and answer session with local media.