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For Immediate Release
February 28, 2008
For Information Contact:
Patricia Charvat
978.273.7764
cpcharvat@aol.com

Designation of Maryland Patient Safety Center Extended

The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) recently extended the designation of the Maryland Patient Safety Center as the state’s patient safety organization through December 31, 2008.

“The Commission continues to be impressed with the fine accomplishments of the Center,” said MHCC Deputy Director Bridget A. Zombro in the letter authorizing the extension.

The Maryland Patient Safety Center is jointly operated by the Maryland Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation. It was established by the Maryland Legislature in 2003 and first received the state designation in 2004. The legislation authorized an initial three-year designation, with two one-year extensions at the discretion of the Maryland Health Care Commission.

“Over the past 43 months, the Patient Safety Center has made great strides,” said William Minogue, M.D., executive director of the Maryland Patient Safety Center. The Center engaged and trained more than 7,000 health care professionals about safety strategies and tools that have dramatically transformed Maryland’s hospitals. More than 150 teams from facilities across the state have participated in safety culture collaboratives designed by the Center to improve care in specific areas including hospital intensive care units, emergency departments, and neonatal nurseries.

“In many respects, however, our work is just beginning,” said Minogue. “We will continue to build on our success, expand our service beyond hospitals, and work with all health care facilities across the state to make health care in Maryland the safest in the nation."

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About the Maryland Patient Safety Center
The Maryland Patient Safety Center brings together hospitals and health care providers to improve patient safety and health care quality for all Marylanders. The goal of the Patient Safety Center is to make Maryland's health care the safest in the nation by focusing on the systems of care, reducing the occurrence of adverse events, and improving the culture of patient safety at Maryland health care facilities. For further information, visit www.marylandpatientsafetycenter.org

About the Maryland Hospital Association
MHA is a membership organization for Maryland hospitals and health systems. Its membership
is comprised of community and teaching hospitals, health systems, specialty hospitals, veterans
hospitals, and long-term care facilities. For more information, visit www.mdhospitals.org.

About The Delmarva Foundation
Delmarva Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare
quality in over 20 states. Since 1973, Delmarva has assisted in improving care in hospitals,
nursing homes, home health agencies, medical practices and health plans. Delmarva performs
quality improvement, quality assurance, utilization review, external quality review and Program
Safeguard activities. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Easton, Maryland with
other offices in Columbia, Maryland; Washington, DC; Columbia, South Carolina; Tampa,
Florida; and Tallahassee, Florida. For more information, please visit Delmarva Foundation on
the web at www.delmarvafoundation.org.