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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, February 25, 2010

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

Chaulk Appointed Executive Director & President of Maryland Patient Safety Center

Elkridge, MD - C. Patrick Chaulk, MD, MPH, has been appointed the Executive Director and President of the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC), effective late March 2010. He replaces William Minogue, MD, FACP, who is retiring after leading the Maryland Patient Safety Center since its 2004 inception.

“Dr. Chaulk brings broad knowledge and experience in health policy, patient safety and clinical care—and is familiar to the patient safety community, having served as a member of the MPSC Board of Directors for the past two years,” said MPSC Chair Kathleen M. White, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC, Associate Professor and Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. “With his passion for patient safety and quality care, Dr. Chaulk, in partnership with the MPSC Board of Directors and team, will further strengthen the Center’s national leadership in quality and patient safety innovation.”

As Senior Associate for Health at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore since 1994, Dr. Chaulk managed the foundation’s grant portfolio in health and public health. He has a clinical background in pediatrics, providing primary care to children and adolescents in East Baltimore for eight years and has provided clinical services to clients of Baltimore City public health clinics.

“First, it was an honor to become a part of this unique organization as a member of the MPSC Board of Directors,” said Dr. Chaulk. “Now, it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to help guide the Maryland Patient Safety Center on its continuing journey to make Maryland healthcare the safest in the nation.”

Dr. Chaulk has been teaching at The Johns Hospital School of Medicine and School of Public Health for 18 years. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease and an Associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Previously in his career, Dr. Chaulk has been Staff Director of the Governor’s Commission on Health Care Policy and Financing for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Health Planner for the Nebraska Department of Health; Legal Assistant for the General Counsel’s Office in the U.S. Department of Commerce; and Congressional Staff to Congresswoman Virginia Smith in the late 1970s.

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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