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For Immediate Release
August 13, 2008
For Information Contact:
Patricia Charvat
978.273.7764
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Maryland Patient Safety Center Featured in Advance for Nurses

Elkridge, Md. - The Maryland Patient Safety Center is featured as the cover story of this week’s (August 11, 2008) edition of Advance for Nurses (Areas of Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia), a biweekly magazine serving 55,600 nurses in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia.

Among the initiatives highlighted in the article are the Maryland Patient Safety Center’s safety culture collaboratives, in particular the Perinatal Collaborative that focuses on making the environment safer for mothers and babies; the unique “positive deviance” initiative to reduce MRSA infections; and education and training of over 8,400 health care practitioners in the last four years. The Advance story underscores the Center’s strategic, comprehensive approach to address patient safety issues on multiple fronts.

“I read about the Maryland Patient Safety Center’s work, and knowing the importance of patient safety, was fascinated that a statewide organization is in place to deal solely with education on safety issues in the health care setting,” said Gail O. Guterl, Editor, ADVANCE for Nurses, Areas of PA/NJ/DE and MD/DC/VA.  “When I interviewed the principals involved and nurses who have taken advantage of the Patient Safety Center programs, I realized my instinct was correct—it is an organization that all states should emulate and is well worth getting more publicity.”

“We are delighted that the patient safety work being done by Maryland hospitals and the Center are highlighted in Advance,” said William Minogue, MD, Executive Director of the Maryland Patient Safety Center.  “Being able to share our initiatives and the lessons learned here in Maryland with our colleagues across the country is yet another way of enhancing safety and making a difference in the lives of our patients.”

A copy of the article can be found on the Advance for Nurses website at  http://nursing.advanceweb.com/Editorial/Search/AViewer.aspx?AN=
NW_08aug11_n2p18.html&AD=08-11-2008
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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.