Nicole Dempsey Stallings is Executive Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer at the Maryland Hospital Association. She oversees strategic direction and management of the Association’s advocacy efforts before the legislative and executive branch of government, as well as communication and quality and health improvement strategy. Nicole also manages development and implementation of provider alignment strategies to support Maryland’s unique Total Cost of Care agreement with the federal government.
Prior to joining MHA in 2012, Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and the Director of the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council. She coordinated and facilitated collaboration on health care quality improvement and cost containment initiatives. Nicole also staffed the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board and the Health Care Reform Coordinating Council, established by Governor O’Malley to implement the Affordable Care Act.
Nicole held previous roles as Chief of Government Relations and Special Projects at the Maryland Health Care Commission and was a registered lobbyist and the Director of Policy for the New Jersey Hospital Association.
Nicole serves on the board of the Maryland Patient Safety Center and the Maryland Rural Health Association.
She has her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Health Care from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virgina Tech.