Representative Meehan Tours MCES

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Congressman Pat Meehan visited MCES on May 11 to talk with staff and learn more about the organization's psychiatric care and crisis intervention services.

The visit was Rep. Meehan's first to MCES and had a big impact on the staff and Board of Directors.

"Our team enjoyed meeting Congressman Meehan and appreciated his interest in the issues that we care deeply about," said MCES CEO Dr. Rocio Nell.

MCES Board President R. Thomas Marrone joined the staff and congressman for a tour of MCES.

"Congressman Meehan showed true concern for our work and especially for the care of veterans returning from serving our country," Dr. Marrone said. "We all look forward to working with him on assisting individuals in their times of need."

MCES staff discussed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's requirement that MCES and other healthcare organizations must convert to electronic medical records (EMR). Federal funding to help with the cost of the conversion to EMR is not available to MCES and other behavioral health hospitals. MCES estimates the cost to convert to EMR at more than $350,000.

"We had a good discussion with the Congressman on an important issue," said MCES Chief Operating Officer Bill Myers. "His insight and expertise were very helpful."

Congressman Meehan represents the 7th District, which includes portions of Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties. He is a member of the Homeland Security Committee, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.