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Maryland Policy Update September 2018

Lawyers Mall Announcement

In mid-September, the Thurgood Marshall memorial (statue) in Annapolis’ Lawyers Mall will be temporarily relocated due to the capital project to replace Lawyers Mall underground infrastructure. The first phase of the project is estimated to last at least a year and will reroute traffic patterns at various times during the project. In addition, areas of Lawyers Mall will be closed. The Department of General Services will maintain alternate locations for planned demonstrations and rallies once Lawyers Mall is fully closed in January 2019. It is expected to re-open in late 2020.

Changes at the State Health Department

Maryland Department of Health Secretary Robert Neall has announced some leadership changes. Dr. Howard Haft has been named the new Executive Director for the Maryland Primary Care Program (MPCP). Dr. Haft has served as Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services since 2015. He will now oversee the day to day operations of the MDPCP, a voluntary primary care delivery and payment redesign initiative that invests resources and technical assistance to strengthen primary care.

Fran Phillips has been named as the new Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services at the Maryland Department of Health. Ms. Phillips has been the Acting Anne Arundel County Health Officer since 2017 and had held the position of Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services from 2008 to 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Phillips was the Health Officer for Anne Arundel County from 1993 to 2008.

People on the Move

Patrick Carlson, former counsel to the Maryland State Senate Finance Committee, is the new Assistant State Director at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.

Debra Dickstein Gilmore has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Oregon CASA Network. Ms. Gilmore is a former fiscal note writer for Maryland’s Department of Legislative Services.

Rick Weldon has been named as Chief Executive Officer of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce after serving as Vice President of Chamber Operations. Mr. Weldon is a former State delegate from Frederick County and served on the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

Katie Wunderlich has been named the Executive Director of the Health Services Cost Review Commission. Ms. Wunderlich previously served as the deputy director of Alignment and Engagement with the HSCRC and served four years as the director of Governmental Policy and Advocacy with the Maryland Hospital Association. Donna Kinzer, the outgoing Executive Director of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, led the HSCRC for five years and will continue to lend her support and technical expertise.

Best Wishes in Retirement

After 45 years in the field and 34 years of leadership at The Coordinating Center, Karen-Ann Lichtenstein is retiring from her position as President/CEO. Ms. Lichtenstein has effectively and sincerely steered the cause of supporting people of all ages and abilities toward reaching their aspirations for independence, health and meaningful community life. We wish her all the best.

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