Carmela Coyle, senior vice president for policy of the American Hospital Association, has been named the next president and chief executive officer of the Maryland Hospital Association. She will succeed Cal Pierson, who announced his retirement in November after 16 years in leadership at the association.
Coyle, 47, is a senior health policy analyst and a 20-year veteran of the AHA. In her current role, she is part of a team that sets the strategic initiatives for the 5,000-member national association and also serves as a liaison to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
Coyle, who will join the MHA on June 3, will officially become the MHAs third president on July 1. She is an effective advocate for hospitals and the patients they serve, Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA, said in a written statement. She will make a terrific leader for the hospitals of Maryland.
The two hospital groups have traded leaders in the past. Former AHA President Richard Davidson was the Maryland associations first president, serving 22 years in that position before taking the top job at the AHA in 1991; and Richard Wade, AHAs senior vice president for strategic communications, also held an MHA post. -- by Matthew DoBias