On August 8, Governor Martin O’Malley and Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Josh Sharfstein, M.D., made an exciting announcement in the Clatanoff Pavilion. After opening remarks from COO and CNO Sherry Perkins, RN, Governor O’Malley announced that Maryland had maintained a record-low infant mortality rate of 6.7 per 1,000 live births for the second consecutive year. “We are delighted that the hard work and dedication put forth by our organization and our colleagues at neighboring health facilities has made Maryland a safer place for women to give birth and receive care,” said Sherry in her opening remarks. “The bottom line is that our strategies for driving down infant mortality are saving lives,” said Governor O’Malley. “But progress is never inevitable, it has to be earned. We have to work for it, and therefore our work continues.” After the announcement, the governor stopped by the NICU to visit some of our tiniest patients and take a photo with members of the NICU team. Reporters from across the region came to cover the event, and several locally and nationally read publications published the story. See the news coverage and photo gallery.