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Contact:  Patty Charvat, 978.273.7764
Fifth Annual Maryland Patient Safety Conference Draws Attendance of More than 1,600 Healthcare Professionals


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Time: 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Baltimore Convention Center

Members of the media are invited to attend the conference.  Note that speaker interviews can be scheduled with speakers upon request.  Please contact Patty Charvat, 978.273.7764, if you plan to attend or would like to schedule an interview with one of the Conference speakers. 

A record-setting 1,600 healthcare professionals from Maryland, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, and Delaware will convene at the Baltimore Convention Center on April 2, 2009 for the Fifth Annual Maryland Patient Safety Conference, Keeping Our Patients Safe: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.  Sponsored by the Maryland Patient Safety Center, it features 23 sessions presented by national, state, and local experts on patient safety. 

John Nance, JD, ABC World News Aviation Analyst, Author, and Founding Board Member of the National Patient Safety Foundation, will present the keynote address, examining the lessons that healthcare care learn from the aviation industry. 

Sorrel King, Consumer and Founder of the Josie King Foundation, will share and explain the Care Journal—a healthcare journal to help patients and families track the vast amounts of information related to hospitalization.

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD,  Patient Safety Expert from Johns Hopkins University, will talk about the national program he has developed that is reducing catheter related bloodstream infections, which is saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars.

Wendy Kronmiller, Director, the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality, will talk about the data, patterns, and trends identified through the state’s adverse reporting and root cause analyses system.

Other topics to be presented include:

  • managing MRSA,
  • patient safety challenges in long-term care (including safety for persons with dementia),
  • initiatives in Maryland  to improve safety the safety of care for mothers and babies and to prevent falls in all health care setting

Program details are available here.  Handouts for the programs are available here.

About the Maryland Patient Safety Center
The Maryland Patient Safety Center, jointly supported by the Maryland Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation, brings together hospitals and healthcare 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