Messages from MHA's President

MHA Friday Update Weekly Messages

  • With Deep Appreciation

    November 17, 2017 By: Mary Pat Keurkamp
    As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday, our thoughts naturally turn toward all the things in life for which we are grateful: family, friends, work, health, love, laughter. And when we express gratitude for these gifts, we also contemplate their potential loss.​ What would life be like without our friends? Without our meaningful work? Without our health?​
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  • A Threat to Hospitals’ Charitable Purpose

    November 10, 2017 By: Your MHA Team
    With the public release last week of a federal tax reform package, and its passage Thursday by the House Ways and Means Committee, Maryland’s hospitals face the possibility of losing an important means of raising money for critical infrastructure projects that support their mission of care.
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  • Coverage Remains Key

    November 03, 2017 By: Your MHA Team
    For the millions of Americans who have health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, and the millions more who still need coverage, the past six months have felt a bit like a yo-yo. First, Congress was going to repeal Obamacare, then it was going to replace it, then it was going to fix it.
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  • Empowering Communities

    October 27, 2017 By: Your MHA Team
    On Wednesday in Baltimore County, MHA joined with many of Maryland’s hospital and health care officials, state and federal legislators, and community leaders for a far-reaching conversation on how our nation’s and state’s health care system is evolving.​
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  • Kicking Advocacy into High Gear

    October 20, 2017 By: Mary Pat Seurkamp
    With the start of the 2018 General Assembly session less than three months away, preparations for what is expected to be a challenging and complex political climate are well underway at MHA. There have been many meetings with key legislators, plenty of input into the state’s budget process, and the development of supporting advocacy materials like infographics and legislative briefs.​
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  • Addressing Opioid Crisis Will Take Teamwork

    October 13, 2017 By: Your MHA Team
    Hospital leaders know that finding solutions to Maryland’s opioid crisis requires partnerships – with community-based behavioral health providers, with law enforcement, with state agencies, and more.​
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Messages From MHA President and CEO Carmela Coyle

  • Farewell

    September 29, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”--Winnie the Pooh​ Who could imagine that Winnie the Pooh would so aptly sum up my feelings about leaving MHA? But he does. It is hard to say goodbye because you have made it that way. To a person, Maryland’s hospital leaders have enriched the past nine years of my life with your dedication to MHA, your compassion for your patients and staff, your determination to maintain Maryland’s unique status as a national leader and, through it all, your friendship.​
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  • Bolstering the Ranks

    September 22, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    As MHA gears up for the 2018 legislative session in Annapolis, amid uncertainty regarding federal health care policy and final negotiations on the next phase of the All-Payer model, your association has several new faces coming on board. They will make sure not only that the voice of hospitals is heard, but that legislators and policymakers understand the critical role hospitals play their communities and throughout Maryland.
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  • Hospitals as Safe Harbors

    September 15, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Violence is a growing problem in our country, and Maryland is not immune to the threat. Baltimore now has the nation’s highest homicide rate, more than 51 for every 100,000 people. Statewide, there are more than 446 violent crimes for every 100,000 Marylanders. And more and more, hospital staff on the front lines of care are feeling the pain, sometimes literally, sometimes emotionally.​
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  • National Issues, Local Voices

    September 08, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Next week in Washington, D.C., the American Hospital Association will host its annual National Regional Policy Board meeting, bringing together hospital and health care leaders from across the country to discuss some of the most pressing issues our field will face in the coming years. You may remember that for governance purposes the AHA breaks the nation up into nine regions (we’re in Region 3), each of which meets three times a year to foster communication between the AHA and its members and state hospital associations. The RPBs provide input on public policy issues considered by the AHA board and identify needs unique to each region.
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  • All in a Life's Work

    September 01, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    This holiday weekend, as families try to squeeze in a few last beach days or host backyard barbecues before fall arrives, thousands of Maryland’s health care professionals will be at their hospital posts throughout the state.
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  • Opioid Crisis Demands Action

    August 25, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    The Maryland Department of Health has reported that drug- and alcohol-related deaths continued to climb in 2017 – the 550 deaths in the first quarter of 2017 represent a 44 percent increase from the same period last year. The need for effective measures to mitigate the crisis is becoming even more pressing.
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