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Drs. Park and Belyansky to Lead Advanced Hernia Surgical Symposium

by Medical Staff Office on August 30, 2013

Adrian Park, MD, chair of surgery, and Igor Belyansky, MD, will lead a surgical symposium on hernia repair and soft tissue repair techniques on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, in the Doordan Institute and Earl SAIL Center in the Health Sciences Pavilion.

Consumer Reports article on surgical safety

by Medical Staff Office on August 2, 2013

AAMC is mentioned in a recent Consumer Reports article, which provides guidelines for patients on choosing a hospital for surgery.

AAMC receives Delmarva Foundation 2013 Quality Excellence Award

by Medical Staff Office on July 9, 2013

AAMC has been awarded the Quality Excellence Award from the Delmarva Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit health care quality improvement organization. AAMC was one of 16 hospitals statewide to receive the prestigious award. This is the first time AAMC has earned the award.

“Delmarva is proud to recognize Anne Arundel Medical Center as a recipient of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement,” said Columbus Giles, MD, 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.”

The award honors individual hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement. To receive the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award, the 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.

“This excellence award directly reflects the quality of care delivered to patients as we continue to set higher standards for delivering expert care,” says Shirley Knelly, AAMC’s vice president of quality and patient safety.

For more information about the Delmarva Foundation award, visit

Center for Healthcare Improvement

by Medical Staff Office on May 9, 2013

The AAMC Center for Healthcare Improvement (CHI) was created in September 2012. Barry Meisenberg, MD, medical director of the DeCesaris Cancer Institute, was named as CHI’s founding director and also serves as Chair of Quality Improvement and Healthcare Systems Research.

The overarching goal is to rapidly implement innovations that enhance patient safety and quality of care throughout AAMC’s growing system of care.

Targeting projects and initiatives addressing high-risk medications and procedures, the CHI acts a coordinator for patient safety initiatives. Working with the existing regulatory and quality committees, the CHI has responsibility for implementing  practices shown to improve safety and reduce waste. Additionally, CHI plays a key role in promoting initiatives aimed at reducing harm associated with care in a complex medical environment.

Related responsibilities include:

  • Enhancing the clinical measurement and program analysis (analytics) that allow clinical leaders to measure and refine care.
  • Managing the Research Institute and enhancing clinical research opportunities for patients through  participation  in the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network.
  • Evaluating Graduate Medical Education expansion to the AAMC campus.

List of CHI projects

  • Improving safety by optimization of computerized order sets.
  • Enhancing safe use of narcotics.
  • Improving safety profile of blood thinning medications.
  • Adopting best practices to reduce complications associated with antibiotics use.
  • Introducing ‘Choosing Wisely’ to consumers and the medical staff to reduce harms associated with over-utilization of tests, procedures and medications.
  • Analyzing medical complications of hospitalized patients.
  • Enhancing measurement tools to improve performance of clinical programs.
  • Evaluating Graduate Medical Education programs.
  • Expanding clinical research opportunities for patients.
  • Integrating regulatory and clinical patient safety initiatives.

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