16: Carmela Coyle
We’ve alluded to roller-coaster rides before in this list, and nowhere is that truer than with California’s hospitals. Just ask Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the California Hospital Association. The hospitals had available beds, then their capacity was stressed, then they faced a dearth of patients and lost money, then they got crammed beyond capacity as the pandemic spiked anew. Nowhere are the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic more visible than in hospitals, especially in the emergency rooms where thousands have died. The CHA represents 400 hospitals and health systems, and is a potent voice in Capitol politics. Among its current positions, it supports extending Medi-Cal services to all regardless of age or immigration status. Coyle 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. 25, 2021