La Plata, MD. — December 9, 2013 —Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland, has awarded the 2013 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, MD.
The award honors individual hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement. To receive the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award, a hospital must meet specific performance improvement criteria on 14 measures in four national inpatient clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, surgical care improvement, and pneumonia.
“We are pleased to recognize University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center with this award,” said Dr. Columbus Giles, Delmarva Foundation’s Chief Medical Officer. “Recipients of this award possess a strong commitment to excellence and to improving the quality of care for their patients. We commend their achievements and look forward to continuing our collaboration with them to improve the health of Maryland’s Medicare beneficiaries.”
“This award is quite an honor for us,” said James Burke of UM Charles Regional’s Board of Directors. “It’s a validation of a lot of planning, implementation and hard work by so many members of our staff.”
Joel Sewchand, MD, Chief of Staff for UM Charles Regional Medical Center is proud of the collaboration and teamwork between the medical staff and hospital staff. “High quality and effective patient care requires excellent communication between all of a patient’s healthcare team. This award recognizes our continued focus on achieving the best outcomes for our patients.” stated Dr. Sewchand.
Added Louis P. Jenkins, Esquire, chairman of the Board of Directors: “The level of dedication and attention required to meet the high standards of this prestigious award is a testament to the talent and professionalism of our staff. They truly are committed to excellence and providing the best care for the people of Southern Maryland.”