Economic growth and job creation must be 2012 General Assembly priority

State lawmakers convened January 11 for the 2012 General Assembly session, facing a familiar challenge of having to close a projected $1 billion deficit. But Maryland’s long-term future will be shaped by how lawmakers act, or defer action, on issues relating to what has to be their overriding priority this...

Meditation rooms, gyms, health incentives among wellness programs at Maryland firms

Meditation rooms, on-site gyms and incentivized programs to achieve health goals are among employee wellness initiatives implemented by four employers who made presentations at a June Healthiest Maryland workshop hosted by the Greater Baltimore Committee. A meditation room is available to employees at Baltimore-based Healthcare for the Homeless, said Mary Jean Herron, chief financial officer of the nonprofit that provides health-related services, education and advocacy to reduce homelessness. The organization … Continue reading

GBC businesses enlist in state’s new “Healthiest Maryland” initiative

Fifteen Maryland businesses May 19 signed a letter of intent to participate in the state’s new Healthiest Maryland initiative. GBC president and CEO Donald C. Fry and GBC-member businesses joined Lt. Governor Anthony Brown in launching the new initiative aimed at enlisting employers and their employees in an organized workplace effort to promote healthy lifestyles. Immediately prior to a morning press conference, Brown led business leaders on a “health walk” … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Maryland needs a consensus on business climate

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR: Maryland has many economic development strengths to build on – life sciences, health care, technology, and defense industries; its transportation resources, highly-educated workforce, and quality of life, to mention just a few. Most corporate leaders outside Maryland are aware of the reality of these strengths, but perceptions are everything when CEOs elsewhere consider our state as a business location or existing Maryland businesses consider expansion … Continue reading

United States needs less ‘sickcare,’ more health care

By Richard SimonDaily Record With an aging population, the health care industry has become increasingly synonymous with “sick care.” That’s what David Brennan, the newly elected board chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, said Tuesday at a Greater Baltimore Committee breakfast and lecture at the Center Club. Brennan’s speech coincided with the announcement of a newly formed partnership with organizations statewide to fight chronic disease. “We would … Continue reading

Maryland well positioned for Health Care IT

Maryland state hospitals, particularly the four largest systems, have invested aggressively in electronic health records (EHR) and stiff competition exists for experienced health care IT practitioners and new entrants, a health care IT expert told GBC Technology Committee members on March 18. Meanwhile, federal stimulus funding earmarked for health care IT use could give Maryland an opportunity to accelerate development of an integrated electronic medical records system, said Christopher Brandt, … Continue reading

Secretary Colmers discusses state of health care and access in Maryland

Maryland is making progress in its health care expansion efforts, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, said Secretary John Colmers, Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. On January 13, Secretary Colmers updated the GBC Health Care Committee on health care access activities; Medicaid expansion; budget constraints; the federal stimulus package; workforce issues; health IT; and emergency preparedness. Health Care Expansion Maryland has done an … Continue reading

GBC seeks members with employee wellness programs

The GBC Health Care Committee has chosen as one of its program initiatives in the current year an examination of best practices for employee wellness programs at businesses throughout the region. The identified goal of this study is the production of a resource document that would be available to area businesses. The GBC is seeking member companies that have instituted an employee wellness program, provided incentives to improve employee health … Continue reading

Area colleges, hospitals support GBC’s call for light rail Red Line with two strategic tunnels

With public hearings scheduled to begin November 6 on the Red Line, representatives from Baltimore’s colleges and medical institutions added their support to the Greater Baltimore Committee’s call to build the planned east-west rapid transit project from Woodlawn to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as a light rail line with two tunnels. The GBC is voicing strong support for Red Line Alternative 4C, which would feature modern light rail, a … Continue reading

GBMC President and CEO Laurence Merlis to chair GBC Health Care Committee

Laurence M. Merlis, president and chief executive officer, Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC), has been named chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Health Care Committee. The GBC Health Care Committee studies and develops policies and positions on health care access and health care insurance industry issues affecting businesses. “Health care in the region faces many challenges, including maintaining quality providers, recruiting new professionals and ensuring access to coverage options,” said … Continue reading