State of Maryland’s Health Care Workforce

August 09, 2022
Historic. Staggering. Unsustainable.

These are just a few of the words Maryland hospital leaders use to describe workforce shortages that have worsened over the past two and a half years.

A 2022 Global Data report, commissioned by MHA, predicts the shortage will grow worse. That data lines up with projections showing that, without intervention, openings could double or even triple by 2035.

Every year for the past four years, MHA members answering our survey said workforce issues are their #1 challenge. To resolve this chronic problem and offer evidence-backed solutions, MHA produced the 2022 State of Maryland’s Health Care Workforce Report.

The report is the culmination of work by our Task Force on Maryland’s Future Health Workforce, convened in November 2021 and chaired by Ed Lovern, President & CEO of Ascension Saint Agnes. It details actions state lawmakers and policymakers, and hospitals themselves, can take, in four areas:
  • Expand Maryland’s workforce pipeline 
  • Remove barriers to health care education 
  • Retain the health care workforce  
  • Leverage talent with new care models
I invite you to review these findings and other resources on MHA’s website. We’ll release the report publicly and share it with members of the General Assembly and candidates for office.

MHA also will share the report with higher education leaders, groups of other providers, and other stakeholders. We will invite them to join with us to build a sustainable solution for workforce needs.

Please contact Nicole Stallings to discuss how to implement the recommendations in your setting or how to use the report in your advocacy efforts.

Bob Atlas
President & CEO 
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