April 29, 2024

Empowering Service

In my first few months in this role, I have had the privilege to visit about half of our member hospitals and health systems. (If I haven’t been to your hospital, I’ll be there soon!)

As I meet with our incredible CEOs, doctors, nurses, and the talented teams that help our hospitals run efficiently and effectively, I am so impressed by your commitment to your communities.

It is with that background that I took the opportunity to speak last week with D. Paul Monteiro, Jr., Maryland Secretary of Service & Civic Innovation, at MHA’s offices.

We discussed the Maryland Corps/Service Year Option program—an innovative program launched by Gov. Wes Moore’s administration.

The Maryland Corps/Service Year Option program provides Maryland residents with a unique opportunity for professional development and community service. Participants receive job training, mentorship, and a salary of at least $15 per hour, with the chance to earn $6,000 towards tuition or as a cash stipend upon successful completion.

I spoke with Secretary Monteiro about the opportunities for our hospital and health system members to become host sites. The first deadline to become a host site for the program is approaching on May 1, with additional cohorts to follow.

Governor Moore’s prioritization of service as a hallmark of his administration is commendable, and I am proud that our state is leading the way—investing in our workforce and the future of our state.

Together, let’s continue to make a positive impact on our community and build a brighter future for all Marylanders. For more information about this program and how you and your hospital can get involved, watch the video below and visit serve.maryland.gov.

Melony G. Griffith
President & CEO