Hospital association seeks to double state’s nursing student enrollment in 2009

Maryland’s hospitals are suffering from a “fundamental inequity in the marketplace” when it comes to level of demand and supply of registered nurses, according to Cal Pierson, president of the Maryland Hospital Association. The Maryland Hospital Association and health care advocates are launching a campaign to double the number of...

GBC’s Fry: The Baltimore region�s 2007 business climate report card

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR The Greater Baltimore Committee, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and the University of Baltimore, have just finished compiling a “report card” on the region’s business climate. The 2007 State of the Region report ranks the Baltimore region and 19 competing U.S. regions on more than 100 key benchmarks that relate to business climate and quality of life. We’ve been compiling these reports every two years since … Continue reading

Senator Middleton: Expect renewed effort in 2008 to gain health care access expansion

Despite prospects that the 2008 General Assembly session will be dominated by the state’s projected operating deficit, Maryland Senate Finance Committee chairman Thomas M. “Mac” Middleton will continue to seek expansion of healthcare access, he told Greater Baltimore Committee members on September 5. Senator Middleton met with the GBC’s Healthcare Committee, which last year crafted a GBC proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility in Maryland, expand small business access to a … Continue reading

GBC-member health care institutions to host vendor fair

Seven of the region’s top healthcare institutions and Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) members will host a healthcare vendor fair on September 20 at Johns Hopkins University. The event will convene at JHU’s Turner Auditorium to introduce members of the health companies’ procurement staffs to the minority and women-owned business community (MWBE) and to discuss the procedures for doing business with their respective organizations. The guest speaker at this event will … Continue reading

Health expert voices challenges in Baltimore City

The biggest public health care challenge in Baltimore City is lining up the needs against the resources, according to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore City Commissioner of Health. The challenges with drug addiction, HIV prevention, life expectancy, violence, and environmental health are amplified by limited access to public health care, Sharfstein told GBC members at a Health Care Committee meeting on June 12. Public health strategy starts with evidence and data, … Continue reading

Technology experts outline challenges and benefits of web-based medical data storage

The world is changing with respect to medical records; patients now own their personal information, a technology expert told the GBC Technology Policy and Health Care Committees at an April 20 meeting. Medical records are increasingly more likely to be stored on computer chips and web sites than on paper. “Think of us as paper light, but we are not paperless,” said Daniel Wilt, vice president of Information Technology supporting … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Access to Health Care

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR In Maryland, 740,000 people – more than 14 percent of our state’s population – live without some type of health insurance. A closer look at the statistics about Maryland’s uninsured is revealing, however. Approximately 110,000 of those uninsured Marylanders earn incomes of more than $87,000 – six times the federal poverty level. Another 160,000 earn between $43,000 and $87,000. It’s clear that, when it comes … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee’s priorities for 2007 General Assembly session

Setting up streamlined budgeting and planning processes to address looming growth in central Maryland related to federal base realignment and closure (BRAC) are among the Greater Baltimore Committee’s top priorities for the 2007 General Assembly session. The region’s most prominent organization of business and civic leaders, the GBC is also proposing passage of a health care package that would broaden Maryland’s Medicaid program, expand access to health plans for small … Continue reading

Hopkins expert outlines avian flu facts to GBC committee

As the staffs at Maryland hospitals and public health officials make local contingency plans for a possible avian flu pandemic, it is far from certain that the current strain of flu contracted by humans in Asia and the Middle East will cause the next pandemic in the U.S., a Hopkins epidemiologist told the GBC Healthcare Committee at its May 9 meeting. The reason? The H5N1 avian flu, which first emerged … Continue reading

GBC-supported bill to create health care workforce commission bill signed into law

Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., signed into law a bill supported by the Greater Baltimore Committee that will create a commission to study the health care workforce shortage in Maryland. The bill, HB 1127, was proposed by the GBC in collaboration with Delegate Peter A. Hammen, chair of the House Health and Government Operations Committee. The commission will be charged with working with the health care industry, academic, medical and … Continue reading