"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jobs in Maryland

Governor O'Malley's budget calls for a slew of taxes in an effort to create jobs for Marylanders.  Hospitals are the largest employers in most communities throughout Maryland by employing 95,000 people statewide.  We have continued to create jobs during the most recent recession to address the dramatic changes facing our industry.  My message to the Governor is not to mess with what's working.  By cutting services to Medicaid recipients and continuing to tax hospitals, we will be forced to reduce jobs in our hospitals.  What the Governor needs to do is to figure out ways to adequately fund Medicaid into the future.  As Carmela Coyle, President of the Maryland Hospital Association, said recently, "Our Medicaid program needs to be built to last and so do the jobs that Maryland hospitals provide."

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