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Contact:  Patty Charvat, 978.273.7764

Maryland Hospitals Involving Patients and Families in Care Teams

Date: Wednesday, September 30 , 2009

Empowering patients and families to be active members of the health care team is the theme of a workshop being held today by the Maryland Patient Safety Center.  The full-day workshop, which begins at 8:45 a.m., is bringing together hospitals throughout the region to learn about how to engage patients and families in Condition H, a program in which patients and/or family members concerned about the patient’s status can initiate a call for help from the hospital’s Rapid Response Team. 

Sorrel King, a patient advocate who inspired the Condition H program, will present the keynote address in which she’ll share the story of her daughter Josie whose life may have been saved by a program such as Condition H.  Other speakers for the program include:

  • Cindy Liberi from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the first hospitals in the nation to implement Condition H
  • Deborah Gardner, RN, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center
  • Condition H team from Prince George’s County Hospital Center who will share their experiences
  • Representatives from the Community Hospital of Long Beach and Children’s National Medical Center who will talk about their successful implementation of Condition H
  • Kathy Duncan, RN, a faculty member from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Condition H program was pilot tested among eight Maryland hospitals during the past year, and this workshop is the first region-wide meeting to share the results from the pilot and engage hospitals from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

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