23: Carmela Coyle
Nobody ever said being president and CEO of the California Hospital Association, which represents 400 hospitals and health systems, would be a walk in the park, and it hasn’t been – just ask Carmela Coyle. The pandemic has had a profound impact on California’s hospitals, stressing health care delivery, finances, staff safety and the availability of beds, among many other issues. It was like a roller coaster: When it looked like COVID-19 was easing in California, the hospitals had a surplus of empty beds that had been set aside for pandemic patients, and they lost big money. When the pandemic grew – again – the hospitals were jammed, some beyond capacity. Thus far, the hospitals appear to be holding their own, and Coyle is a key reason. She came to the CHA in 2017 after heading the Maryland Hospital Association for nine years, and before that she spent 20 years in senior policy positions at the American Hospital Association.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020