WEEKLY MESSAGES FROM MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • A Year on the Front Lines: Giving Thanks to Our Hospital Heroes

    March 01, 2021
    One year ago, one of your hospitals admitted the state’s first COVID-19 inpatients. We’re now at about the 35,000th. Back then who could have imagined the challenges our field would face, the devastation and cruelty of this illness, or the pivotal role you would play far beyond patient care?
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  • Overcoming Chronic Disparities

    February 22, 2021
    This month we celebrate the significant contributions of Black Americans to our nation’s past, present, and future. As we reflect on this, we must also face how racial health disparities impact our communities. We see worse outcomes and higher instances of chronic disease in communities of color, from maternal and child health to diabetes and everything in between.
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  • COVID-19 and Behavioral Health

    February 15, 2021
    Four in 10 U.S. adults report anxiety or depressive disorder symptoms during COVID-19—roughly four times as many as pre-pandemic.
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  • Resiliency and Vaccines

    February 08, 2021
    In his address last Tuesday, Gov. Hogan suggested the state of our state hinges on stemming the pandemic. He said Maryland was put to the test over the past year, but Marylanders rose to the challenge.
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  • COVID-19’s Unequal Impact

    February 01, 2021
    COVID has disproportionately affected racial/ethnic groups in Maryland and nationwide, with Black and Hispanic people succumbing to the disease at higher rates.
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  • Future of Federal Health Policy

    January 25, 2021
    Last week’s presidential inauguration offered messages of unity and a hopeful path forward. As the transfer of power continues amid a global pandemic, it’s clear COVID is President Biden’s top priority.
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  • A Session Like No Other

    January 18, 2021
    Just as it has dominated our professional and personal lives for nearly a year, the COVID pandemic—and its effects—will dominate the Maryland General Assembly’s legislative session, which got underway last week.
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  • Healing Our Nation

    January 11, 2021
    The unimaginable images of a mob descending on and vandalizing our U.S. Capitol last week leave a stain on the story of this country. Regardless of one’s political leanings, the invasion of the sanctity of the seat of American democracy was wrong.
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  • Hope for the Holidays

    December 21, 2020
    As we enter the final week of what has been a thoroughly challenging year for us all, as you continue to see COVID patients stream into your hospitals, we are cautiously hopeful.
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  • Population Health and the Future of Maryland’s Model

    December 14, 2020
    It is day 283 of the COVID crisis in Maryland. As on every day before, you and your teams continue to work tirelessly to save lives and keep our communities safe and healthy.
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  • COVID Vaccines in Sight

    December 07, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Work is underway on several fronts as your hospitals prepare to receive and distribute the first batches of a long-awaited vaccine for COVID-19. Your organizations and your people will be at the forefront of perhaps the largest and most ambitious vaccination effort in our country’s history.
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  • What We’re Thankful For

    November 23, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Thanksgiving this year will look much different for many of us. No traditional dinner with extended family. No visits from in-laws and friends, and tough decisions about how to safely welcome home college-age children.
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  • Hospitals Contend with Surge

    November 16, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    The warning lights that have flashed yellow for weeks, now show as solid red. Maryland is seeing a dramatic rise in both COVID cases and hospitalizations—prompting the state to tighten public health measures and announce a surge plan for hospitals.
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  • Election Impact

    November 09, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    It now seems Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. What will this mean for the hospital field, and for health care in Maryland?
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  • Protecting Our Health Care Heroes

    November 02, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    The recent spike in coronavirus cases in Maryland and nationwide puts your hospitals and dedicated caregivers in the spotlight again. Our state’s strong support for hospital workers was on view this week when Gov. Larry Hogan visited Mercy Medical Center to thank them, as a representative of all our hospitals, during National Respiratory Care Week. It’s great to see him acknowledging hospitals’ central role in the ongoing fight against COVID.
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  • Statewide Strategy on PPE

    October 26, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    We and much of the nation are alarmed to see an uptick of COVID in most states, including Maryland. Your hospitals appear to be managing the volume without the strain felt during our spike in April/May, yet we know a significant surge would threaten that progress and stress your resources further.
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  • Challenges, Opportunities in a Virtual Session

    October 19, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    With just three months to the start of the 2021 legislative session in Annapolis, we’ll need to adapt to yet another new challenge brought on by the coronavirus: communicating with lawmakers remotely.
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  • Safety Net Feels Strain of COVID

    October 13, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    The coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn it has caused disproportionately affects the neediest Marylanders and communities of color. Even as some restrictions on business and social activity are lifting, the economy is slow to bounce back. Just last week the number of first-time unemployment claims in Maryland nearly doubled.
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  • Get Out the Vote

    October 05, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Caregivers in Maryland hospitals and health systems work year-round to heal patients and to keep their communities healthy. They also have an opportunity to help shape the direction of health care in our state and nation by casting their votes in the November 3 general election.
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  • Preparing for Potential Second Surge

    September 28, 2020
    Even as many parts of our state reopen to commerce, on-campus learning, and indoor recreation, there is reason to hope we’ve crushed the curve. Though there was that 20% spike in COVID inpatients two weeks after Labor Day weekend.
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