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The Maryland Patient Safety Center was established by the Maryland Legislature in 2003 and first received designation by the Maryland Health Care Commission in 2004. The Maryland Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation were jointly selected as operators of the Center for a three-year period, starting in January 2004. State designation was extended for two additional one-year periods through December 2008.

In September 2007, the Center became an incorporated organization. As a not-for-profit organization, a voluntary board of directors sets the strategy for the organization.

The Maryland Patient Safety Center was redesignated as the state's patient safety organization for an additional five years, beginning January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2014. In addition, it was one of the first 25 organizations in the nation to be listed as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under provisions of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. In November 2014, the Center named Mid-Atlantic Patient Safety Organization as a component PSO of the Center. The state redesignated the Mid-Atlantic Patient Safety Organization as the state's patient safety organization for another five years, beginning January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2019.



A center of patient safety innovation, convening providers of care to accelerate our understanding of, and implement evidence-based solutions for, preventing avoidable harm.


Making health care in Maryland the safest in the nation.


  • Eliminate preventable harm for every patient, with every touch, every time
  • Develop a shared culture of safety among patient care providers
  • Be a model for safety innovation in other states

Key achievements of the Maryland Patient Safety Center include:

  • Patient Safety Organization
  • Perinatal/Neonatal Collaborative: 
203 fewer first time C-sections
8,100 fewer early elective deliveries
$406,000 cost savings (January 2016-May 2017)
  • Improving Sepsis Mortality Collaborative:
19.1% decrease in deaths due to sepsis (July 2014-February 2017)
537 lives saved (July 2014-February 2017)
  • Safe from  Falls Collaborative:
54% decrease in acute falls with injury; 1,058 falls avoided, cost savings: $9 million
18% decrease in Long Term Care falls with injury; 823 falls avoided, cost savings: $7 million
  • Clean Collaborative:
56% improved high touch/public area decontamination rate (March 2016-March 2017)
113 fewer C-difficile cases; cost savings $1,967,556
  • Maryland Hand Hygiene Collaborative:
90% compliance rate of caregivers following proper hand hygiene protocols upon entry and exit from patient
  • Participation
  19,568 healthcare provider touches since 2004

       1,283 annual conference attendees in 2017

  • Engaging over 9,000 providers in educational programs and 85% of hospitals in collaborative programs.
  • Receiving 2005 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for national/regional innovation in patient safety.
  • Improving outcomes and processes, including greater quality of care for mothers and babies; reductions in harm from falls; better handoffs and communications among providers; improved medication safety; and intensive efforts to reduce healthcare-associated infections.