Messages from MHA's President

From MHA President and CEO Carmela Coyle

  • Face-to-Face

    April 21, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Hospital leaders in Maryland are sorting through the tumult of state and national change to craft the best strategies to care for their patients and communities. It’s a time that cries out for connection among all of us as we work both independently and together to get the job done. As always, MHA is here to help make that connection. Our annual member meeting in June offers a great opportunity to provide insight and understanding into where Maryland’s hospitals fit in this whirlwind of change, independently and as a field.
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  • Legislature Helps Battle the Opioid Crisis

    April 14, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    For Maryland’s hospitals, the state’s behavioral health crisis has been a priority – both on the front lines of care and in the halls of Annapolis. Some important bills were passed during this year’s just-adjourned legislative session that hold the promise of hope for those who are suffering:​
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  • Countdown to Sine Die

    April 07, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins​ There are just three days left until Sine Die, the official close of the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly, and this year has proven to be a political roller coaster. Of course, things can change at the last minute, but we have a pretty good sense of how the issues of greatest importance to hospitals are shaping up.​
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  • The Gift of Life

    March 31, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Michelle’s word is “Family.”​ Ieesha’s is “Dreamer.”​ Kenny’s is “Courage.”​ Kara’s is “Humanity.”​ These are some of the reasons Marylanders have given for supporting organ donation, words that are part of The Living Legacy Foundation’s annual #In1Word campaign. They are words that are both deeply personal and publicly powerful.​
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  • Patients, Not Politics, Come First

    March 24, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Seven years ago, hospitals across the country came together to support the Affordable Care Act – a sweeping and untested yet hugely promising national experiment to expand health care coverage to millions of Americans. Hospitals’ support came not from political ideology, but from prioritizing patients. At a fundamental level, more people with access to health care services means that hospitals are better equipped to meet their mission of care.​
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  • First Out of the Box

    March 17, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Since activity around repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act began in earnest a couple of months ago, hospital advocates have been proffering a smart and tempered response: don’t get caught up in the politics of the debate; focus on securing an outcome that maintains people’s coverage and supports hospitals in their mission of care.
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