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Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 7, 2008
For Information Contact:
Patricia Charvat
978.273.7764
cpcharvat@aol.com

IRS Grants Maryland Patient Safety Center 501(c) (3) Status

Elkridge, Md. - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has granted the Maryland Patient Safety Center status as a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) organization. This establishes the organization as a public charity able to receive tax deductible bequests, gifts, and grant funding. Created by the state Legislature and the Maryland Health Care Commission in 2004, the Center was developed as a joint venture between the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) and Delmarva Foundation. In September 2007, the Maryland Patient Safety Center became an incorporated organization, with MHA and the Delmarva Foundation continuing to act as primary members of the Center. A newly-designated voluntary board of directors has participated in setting a strategic long-term agenda for MPSC. This IRS action is a critical achievement in the Center's ability to support Maryland's relentless quest to provide effective, safe, and efficient care for our citizens.

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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.