The Maryland Hospital Association has selected Rhode Island hospital association President Calvin M. Pierson to replace MHA President Richard J. Davidson, it was announced yesterday.
In taking the Maryland job, Mr. Pierson, 44, relinquishes leadership over 17 Rhode Island hospitals to take responsibility for 68 Maryland hospitals under the MHA's aegis. Mr. Pierson, who had been with the Rhode Island association for seven years, assumes his new job Nov. 4.
"I've always viewed the state of Maryland as a very progressive state which can and does serve as a model for the country in addressing health-care issues," Mr. Pierson said yesterday.
Staving off cuts to state-subsidized health programs proposed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer because of Maryland's budget deficit will be an initial priority, Mr. Pierson said. A second major objective "is to find new ways to create health insurance coverage for the thousands of Maryland citizens that don't now have it," he said.
"One of the things that's necessary in order to do that is to continue the tradition of cost restraint among Maryland hospitals, so that more people can be covered with the dollars available."
Before taking the job in Rhode Island, Mr. Pierson worked with the Hospital Association of New York State and did health policy work for New York's state government. He and his wife, Trish, have a son and a daughter.
Mr. Davidson announced in May that he was leaving the MHA after 22 years to take the top spot with the American Hospital Association.
In addition to playing an active lobbying role in Annapolis, the MHA runs a $60-million group purchasing and shared services program for its members, monitors state health regulatory agencies and compiles financial and patient data on state hospitals.