VHHA's President and CEO Sean Connaughton and Mary Washington Healthcare President and CEO Dr. Michael McDermott discuss the importance of Virginia hospitals and health systems and the challenges they face. Hospitals and health systems are tremendous assets to Virginia. They provide vital health care to countless Virginians 24/7/365. They directly employ 115,000 Virginians and account for $36 billion in state economic activity. Hospitals are a big deal. What many people don't know is that Virginia hospitals face financial stress due to government mandates that can be alleviated by elected state lawmakers for the good of the public well-being and the economy.