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Contact:  Patty Charvat, 978.273.7764
 
Senate Finance Committee Briefing on the Maryland Patient Safety Center

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location:  3 East, Senate Office Building, Annapolis

The Maryland Patient Safety Center, which was first designated by the Maryland Health Care Commission as the state’s Patient Safety Organization in 2004 and was recently re-designated for another five years through 2014, will provide an update to the Maryland Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, February 4, 2009.

Saving an estimated 140 lives and more than $40 million in avoided costs by reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia and catheter-related blood stream infections, significantly improving hospital medication safety, engaging over 8,400 health care providers in educational programs, and creating an Adverse Event Reporting System are just some of the accomplishments to be highlighted by the Center leadership (see below for list of presenters).

Presenters:

William Minogue, M.D., Executive Director, Maryland Patient Safety Center
Introduction of the Maryland Patient Safety Center

Carmela Coyle, President & CEO, Maryland Hospital Association
Overview of Accomplishments

Christian Jensen, M.D., M.P.H., President & CEO, Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care
Overview of Collaborative Programs

Kathleen M. White, Ph.D., RN, CNAA, Chair, Board of Directors, Maryland Patient Safety Center, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Strategic Plan and the Future of the Maryland Patient Safety Center

Ann Burke, M.D., Medical Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Holy Cross Hospital
Maryland Patient Safety Center initiatives to reverse the trend in infant mortality

Carl Schindelar, President & CEO, Franklin Square Hospital Center
Reduction in hospital infections as a result of the Maryland Patient Safety Center 

Robert Feroli, PharmD, FASHP, Medication Safety Officer, The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Adjunct Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy;
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing
Significant improvements in hospital medication safety due to Maryland Patient Safety Center