Award-Winning Hospital Initiative Spread Safety to the Community
La Plata, MD. — January 29, 2014 —The Maryland Patient Safety Center has awarded the 2014 Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata.
The Minogue Award recognizes an organization that has made a demonstrable difference in patient safety through an innovative solution. UM Charles Regional’s winning submission was titled “Improving Sepsis Outcomes Through Coordinated Early Recognition, Assessment and Treatment.”
This innovation project was designed to provide the best patient outcomes by coordinating and intensifying the treatment of life-threatening infections. UM CRMC will present the project and outcomes to other hospitals across the state as an evidence-based practice.
“It’s hard to overstate just how significant this improvement is for patients,” UM Charles Regional CEO Noel Cervino said. “For our hospital, this award is recognition of much hard work by so many members of our staff.”
UM Charles Regional was chosen for the Minogue Award from a total of 79 entries judged by an independent panel of leaders in the Maryland health care community. The award, the highest given by the Maryland Patient Safety Center, is named for its first president and executive director, William Minogue, MD, FACP.
“Unlike many hospital initiatives which simply focus on patient throughput or the bottom line, this project at UM CRMC was a coordinated effort involving hospital administration, nursing, medical staff, and ancillary services with the singular goal of saving lives.” said Richard Ferraro, MD, Medical Director, UM CRMC Emergency Department. “We were immensely successful because of the application of clear goals, continued focus and measurement, and above all, teamwork.”
“Identifying and implementing innovative procedures to address patient safety issues can make critical differences in patient outcomes. Our initiative began with leadership from the Board of Directors, followed by the dedicated work of numerous physicians, managers and staff and translated through each caregiver to our patients,” says Mark Dumais, MD, Chief Medical Officer, UM CRMC. “It is an honor to have the initiative developed at UM CRMC recognized with this prestigious award from the Maryland Patient Safety Center and we look forward to sharing the process with other hospitals across the state.”
In recent months, UM Charles Regional also was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission and received the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement.