Fostering a Robust, Engaged Health Care Workforce

Maryland hospitals employ 108,000 doctors, nurses, and other caregivers. These professionals work 24/7/365 to care for more than 5 million patients each year. The state’s hospitals and health systems often are the top employers in their communities. Statewide, hospitals—either directly or indirectly—account for 8% of all employment. A highly trained and fully engaged workforce is essential for Maryland’s hospitals as they strive to deliver the best clinical care along with a superior experience for patients.

However, they face increasing challenges filling in-demand positions, retaining good talent, combating workplace violence and more. To continue to advance health care and the health of all Marylanders, our hospitals must be able to support their teams. That is why MHA’s strategic plan recognizes and supports workforce as a major factor in the vitality of hospitals and health systems and in the success of the Maryland Model.

MHA, in partnership with the Maryland Nurses Association, hosted a forum focused on curbing workplace violence in our hospitals, Safe Harbors: Protecting Providers and Patients.