The Maryland Patient Safety Center was established by the Maryland Legislature in 2003 and first received designation by the Maryland Health Care Commission in 2004. The Maryland Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation were jointly selected as operators of the Center for a three-year period, starting in January 2004. State designation was extended for two additional one-year periods through December 2008.
In September 2007, the Center became an incorporated organization, with the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) and the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care continuing to act as primary members of the Center. As a not-for-profit organization, a voluntary board of directors sets the strategy for the organization.
The Maryland Patient Safety Center was redesignated as the State’s patient safety organization for an additional five years, beginning January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2014. In addition, it was one of the first 25 organizations in the nation to be listed as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under provisions of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.
MPSC’s focus areas include:
- Engaging Patients & Families
- Spreading Excellence
- Developing Safety Culture
- Improving the Continuity of Care
The Center offers activities in the following key areas:
- Collaborative & Learning Network programs, including MRSA, Perinatal, Neonatal, and Emergency Department initiatives
- Educational programs
- Adverse Event Reporting
- Special Projects
Key achievements of the Maryland Patient Safety Center include:
- Receiving 2005 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for national/regional innovation in patient safety.
- Engaging over 9,000 providers in educational programs, 85% of hospitals in collaborative programs, and 55% of hospitals in the Adverse Event Reporting System.
- Improving outcomes and processes, including greater quality of care for mothers and babies; reductions in harm from falls; better handoffs and communications among providers; improved medication safety; and intensive efforts to reduce healthcare-associated infections.
- Creating an Adverse Event Reporting System that explores patterns and trends related to patient safety events and near misses that occur in healthcare facilities.