In what she termed a tremendously difficult decision, Sen. Griffith, who is in her fifth year in the Senate, and had previously served sixteen years in the House of Delegate has accepted to resign his position at the Senate at the end of the month to become president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association.
The Maryland State Senator will fully resign his position at the end of October to take up her new position at the Maryland Hospital Association, as announced by the Association on Friday, October 6th.
Ms. Griffith will begin her work with MHA on Dec. 18 as a successor to Bob Atlas who exited the association in February Haven served for five years.
Senator Griffith To Lead Maryland Hospital Association
Ms. Melony Griffith who is passionate about her new position sees it as an opportunity to Foster her developmental work as a problem solver and human capacity builder. To express her preparedness and dedication towards her new role, she wrote on her LinkedIn account on October 6 ” I hope to have a greater influence on the health of the whole Maryland Community.
I plan to help legislators, regulators, and all of you better understand the efforts of hospitals and the incredible lengths they go to in order to provide life-saving care 24/7/365.
Melony Griffith is an American Politician who has served as a member of the Maryland Senate representing District 25 in Prince George’s County since 2019, born on June 5, 1963.
She had previously served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1999 to 2015.
Responding to this laudable development, MHA Board of Trustees chair, Thomas Klienhanzl said this position is an extension of Melony’s life work as a problem solver, organizer, and community health advocate, as a State lawmaker of over 24 years, Senator Griffith has built quality and resounding reputation, relationship and policy knowledge that will further advance our Association and our hospitals through the coming years.
He further described Melony as a collaborator who brings together competing ideas and needs finds consensus, and builds the best solutions for our community and our state.
On the political scene, Griffith’s resignation will have Senate President Bill Ferguson find the best replacement for Griffith who chaired a powerful and sensitive committee in the Senate, a finance committee whose broad portfolio includes healthcare policy, business regulation, and labor issues.
The Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee will have to recommend Griffith’s successor in the Senate to Gov. Wes. Moore (D), who will thereby officially announce the replacement.
Meanwhile, Griffith said she is timing her resignation in order to give room for sufficient time to have a successor in the 25th district Senate seat before the General Assembly begins on Jan 10.
The Senate President has not made any public statement on Griffith’s possible replacement as the finance committee, he indeed expressed how difficult it will be to have a perfect replacement. In his statement he said ” Senator Griffith has left an indelible impact on our State, her dedication, expertise and unparalleled work ethic have been instrumental in shaping Maryland’s landscape.
The tenacity that Senator Griffith has brought to her work serving her constituents makes her the perfect choice to lead the Maryland Hospital Association at this critical juncture. “Healthcare is a vital issue that touches the lives of every Marylander, and I can think of no better suited to improve the state of our hospitals, healthcare services, and ensure health equity than her”
Ferguson installed Griffith as the Senate President pro tem shortly after becoming the Senate President in 2020, following an intensive committee leadership reshuffling, Melony Griffith became chair finance committee late last year.