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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, October 9, 2009

Contact: Patty Charvat, MHA, 978-318-9375 or 978-273-7764 (cell),

Executive Director of Maryland Patient Safety Center Announces Retirement
National search underway for successor to William Minogue, M.D.

October 13, 2009—William Minogue, MD, FACP, Executive Director and President of the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC), has announced his plan to retire in March 2010.

“Over the last six years it has been a tremendous privilege for me to serve as the steward of the vitally important Maryland Patient Safety Center,” said Dr. Minogue.  “It has been rewarding to help guide this organization from a concept to a thriving Center of activity and energy committed to improving patient care.”

Dr. Minogue has been at the helm of the organization since it was established in 2004 as a joint venture between the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) and the Delmarva Foundation.  During his tenure as Executive Director, Dr. Minogue has overseen successful efforts to reduce complications among mothers and newborns,  reduce health care infections, expand awareness and help contain MRSA, decrease injury from patient falls, and provide ongoing education to reduce medical errors and share patient safety best practices.  Under his leadership, the Center’s comprehensive work to make Maryland health care the safest in the nation earned the national John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Award in 2005.

“As a founding partner of the Maryland Patient Safety Center it has been rewarding to see the progress under Dr. Minogue’s  leadership to make Maryland’s health care the safest in the nation.  During his tenure, more than 11,000 health providers working in Maryland hospitals have been engaged in Patient Safety Center actions to create breakthrough improvement in health care quality,” said Carmela Coyle, MHA President & CEO.  “He has effectively translated his commitment to safe patient care into action on behalf of all patients in Maryland. 

“Innovation, concrete results, and strong vision are the contributions made by Bill Minogue to the patient safety movement in Maryland and beyond,” said Christian E. Jensen, MD, MPH, President and CEO, Delmarva Foundation.  “His collaborative spirit, commitment to excellence, and belief that together all providers and patients could make a difference has laid the foundation for a safer, more patient-centered health care environment in Maryland.”

Before joining the Maryland Patient Safety Center, Dr. Minogue served as the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Interim President and CEO of Suburban Hospital Healthcare System, Bethesda, Maryland.  He is board-certified in internal medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

“It’s been a great pleasure to cap off my career working with so many people dedicated to delivering safer patient care,” said Dr. Minogue.

The Board of Directors of the Center has initiated a nationwide search for a new Executive Director and President.

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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