Maryland Patient Safety Center

About Us

The Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) was established by the Maryland Legislature in 2003 and first received designation as the state patient safety center by the Maryland Healthcare Commission in 2004.  The Maryland Hospital Association and the state quality improvement organization, the Delmarva foundation, were jointly selected as operators of the Center, for a three year period starting in January 2004.  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.

State re-designation has been continued by the Maryland Healthcare Commission since 2004 and is in effect through until April 2025.  In addition to the state designation MPSC 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.  These provisions have been maintained and MPSC has continued listing through December 9, 2023.


Keeping Maryland healthcare safe.


A model of patient safety innovation and implementation, convening providers, patients and families across the healthcare continuum to prevent avoidable harm and provide safe and equitable healthcare for all.


Achieve zero preventable harm across all levels of healthcare.

Create a shared culture of safety, compassion and respect among all providers.

Provide an enhanced patient experience with the involvement of patients and families in all aspects of their care.

Support caregivers to ensure resilience and prevent burnout.

Key Achievements

  • Facilitate successful statewide  patient safety collaboratives focused on identified needs
  • Convene healthcare providers for education in patient safety
  • Hold large annual patient safety conference and medication safety conference annually
  • Provide organizational and individual consultative services on patient safety improvement
  • Convene patient safety officers regionally
  • Conduct Safe Tables – a members-only shared learning meeting among healthcare providers to exchange patient safety experiences, in an open, confidential and legally protected environment 
  • Track and trend adverse events from participating facilities