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 other institutions of higher education, and the business community to identify best practices in developing health care workforces and to craft specific recommendations to address the workforce shortage.
In urging state lawmakers to create the commission, the GBC noted that the health care industry is one of the state’s top economic engines and the number one employer in the Baltimore region.
GBC President Donald C. Fry praised lawmakers and Governor Ehrlich for creating the commission. “The state has made significant investments in health care and health science,” said Fry. “Biotechnology is emerging as one of the drivers of Maryland’s new economy. It is critical to have a qualified workforce in order to translate these investments into economic returns for our region and state.”