15: Carmela Coyle
Nowhere has the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic been felt more than in California’s hospitals. As of July 12, with yet another subvariant taking hold, COVID patients increased by nearly 28% over the previous two weeks, to nearly 4,300 patients, with about 453 in intensive care. And Carmela Coyle, president of the California Hospital Association, is right at the epicenter as this up-and-down cycle continues to batter their 400 hospitals and health systems. We’ve alluded to the roller coaster-like pandemic before in this list: According to the L.A. Times COVID tracker, the number of confirmed cases is now increasing at 100 a day. One report said 51% of California’s hospitals are in the red, compared with 40% before the pandemic. But if anyone can work through this, it’s Coyle. 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. 9, 2022