Maryland Independent – August 23, 2017
Sen. Thomas M. “Mac” Middleton (D-Charles) has been awarded the Maryland Hospital Association’s (MHA) highest honor: the Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented during MHA’s Annual Membership Meeting June 12-13 at the Four Seasons Baltimore.
In his more than two decades in the Maryland Senate, including 15 years as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Middleton has proven to be a tireless fighter for hospitals, their employees, and the patients and communities they serve, according to a press release.
The award states, in part: “In recognition of his long legacy of championing causes that improve the health of Marylanders, a mission he shares with hospitals … His knowledge, expertise, and compassion make him a respected leader on issues that affect people: from the Keep the Door Open Act, a critical step toward addressing the state’s behavioral health crisis…to supporting and protecting Maryland’s unique hospital model … Through him, Maryland’s hospitals have a voice, because he cares about what hospitals care about: the people we all serve.”
“Senator Middleton has demonstrated his deep understanding of what hospitals mean to their communities and has worked for decades to help them thrive,” Carmela Coyle, MHA president and CEO, said in the release. “Not only is Senator Middleton a model of what it means to treat others with respect in Annapolis, but his capacity for helping others knows no bounds.”