Messages from MHA's President

From MHA President and CEO Carmela Coyle

  • 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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  • Hospitals Leading Efforts to Reduce Violence

    August 18, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Violence in our communities and workplaces has become all too commonplace. In 2014, there were more than 365 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans across the country; in our state, that number is more than 446 per 100,000 Marylanders.​
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  • In Transition

    August 11, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Whenever MHA’s membership elects a new chair to the Executive Committee, we try as soon as we can to make schedules meet so that MHA’s staff can have some time with that new leader. So, we were all very pleased to welcome Mary Pat Seurkamp to MHA’s offices for a lunch with the staff earlier this week.
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