Instructor Biography

Mary Mayhew

Mary Mayhew

President & CEO
Florida Hospital Association
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About The Instructor

Mary C. Mayhew joined the Florida Hospital Association in October 2020. During her time as President, Mayhew was named to the Florida Politics 2022 Influence 150, Florida Trend's 2022 Florida 500, and placed #3 in The Florida Health Care Power 100 and #24 in The Florida Power 100 by City & State Florida.

Prior to joining FHA, Mayhew served as Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in the administration of Governor Ron DeSantis. As Secretary, Mayhew played an instrumental role in the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also spearheaded several initiatives to support increased accountability for improved healthcare outcomes for the more than 4 million Medicaid enrollees and to promote integrated care coordination.

Mayhew joined AHCA from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she served as Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, overseeing the more than $375 billion Medicaid program.

Mayhew also served for more than six years as the commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. During this time, she advanced comprehensive health homes, Medicaid Accountable Community Organizations, integrated behavioral health homes, and efforts to improve access to substance use disorder treatment in primary care practice settings. Promoting high-quality behavioral health services remains a priority for Mayhew today.

Her private sector roles include 11 years with the Maine Hospital Association as vice president of government relations, where she advocated for policies that supported hospitals and the patients and communities they serve. Mayhew also as a partner in the public affairs firm of Hawkes & Mayhew, based in Augusta, Maine, and managed state government relations for the Equifax Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mayhew's career in public service and advocacy started early. At 17, she moved to Washington, D.C. to become a Congressional page and finish high school. After college, she served as the legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. for Arkansas Representative William Alexander's Washington, D.C. office.

Mayhew is a native of Pittsfield, Maine, and a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in political science.

Mayhew's more than 30-year career spans public and private sector roles and combines experience and expertise in government relations, executive leadership, regulatory oversight, public affairs, and public policy. Her proven history of driving accountability around integrated care models, addressing social determinants of health, and navigating through an unprecedented global pandemic has made her a renowned leader in healthcare policy, innovation, and advocacy.