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Media Update: News from the Maryland Patient Safety Center

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Contact Patricia Montone Charvat,
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Maryland Patient Safety Center Featured Nationally

Tuesday, May 26, 2009—This month, the Maryland Patient Safety Center’s successful patient safety efforts are featured in a national magazine and at a national conference on patient safety.

The May/June 2009 issue of the Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare magazine featured the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) in the article, “Patient Safety Organizations: Building a Safer Healthcare System, One State’s Journey to Become the Safest in the Nation [pdf].” Authored by MPSC Executive Director William Minogue, MD, MPSC Director of Operations and Development Inga Adams-Pizarro, and Communications expert Patty Montone Charvat, the article takes an in-depth look at the formation of federal Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) and the accomplishments of MPSC during the last five years.  For a copy of the article, click here [pdf].

The Maryland Patient Safety Center’s experience was also highlighted today at the 2009 National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Congress, Patient Safety in Challenging Times, being held May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. During the May 21 session, Why Should I Work With or Become a PSO?, Inga Adams-Pizarro joined patient safety leaders from around the country [pdf] to share the experience of MPSC as a state-designed PSO for the past five years, and now a recognized PSO at both a national and statewide level.  For a copy of the presentation, click here [pdf].

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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 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