Cal Pierson, who as president and chief executive officer headed the Maryland Hospital Association as it became an advocacy and patient-safety powerhouse, said he would retire from the post in July 2008. Pierson, 60, has been in leadership positions with the MHA and its affiliate organizations for the past 16 years.
Cal is an innovator and consensus builder who has always remained focused on providing better healthcare to the citizens of Maryland, MHA Board Chairman Ben Mason said in a written statement. Our hospitals, stakeholders and the citizens of Maryland have been well-served by his efforts.
During his time with the association, Pierson led the MHAs advocacy of increased access for the uninsured and for numerous patient-safety and quality-improvement initiatives. Pierson was also a vocal critic of an effort by CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maryland to convert to a for-profit and then sell to WellPoint. That plan was blocked in 2003.
Before coming to the MHA, Pierson was president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island for eight years. The MHA has hired Chicago-based Witt/Kieffer to head up the search for a new executive. -- by Matthew DoBias
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