Last week, MHA testified in support of two of the hospital field’s top priorities: enhancing Maryland’s Loan Assistance Repayment Program for physicians and physician assistants (LARP) and expanding access points for Marylanders in a behavioral health crisis beyond hospital emergency departments. Lyle Sheldon, president and CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, and Dr. Jeffrey Sternlicht, chairman of emergency medicine at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, testified in support of MHA’s behavioral health legislation Wednesday.
MHA worked closely with the University of Maryland, Baltimore on the LARP legislation, which would help bolster the primary care workforce in underserved areas statewide. On Thursday several past LARP recipients and hospital executives testified in support the bill, including Dr. Jay Perman, chancellor of the University System of Maryland; Dr. Bruce Jarrell, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore; Susan Lawrence, senior government affairs specialist with University of Maryland, Baltimore; Dr. Karin DiBari, vice president of Peninsula Regional Medical Group/chief physician executive at Peninsula Regional Medical Group; and Tiffany Sullivan, senior vice president of Clinical Integration and Ambulatory Services at University of Maryland Capital Region Health. For more information on bills MHA is tracking,