MGH Earns Recognition for Patient Care

For immediate release: August 02, 2012

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Karen Lancaster

klancaster@umm.edu | 410-328-7650

Hospital Receives Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement; Ranked Among Top Hospitals in Maryland by U.S. News & World Report

BALTIMORE, MD, – Maryland General Hospital has received the 2012 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care (DFMC), which is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Maryland. The award honors individual hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement. To qualify, a hospital must meet specific performance improvement criteria on 18 measures in four national inpatient clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, surgical care improvement and pneumonia.

Maryland General Hospital was also recently ranked among the Top 25 "Best Hospitals in Maryland" by U.S. News & World Report, earning high marks for its diabetes and endocrinology, nephrology, geriatric and pulmonology programs. The 213-bed hospital in Baltimore, which is part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), was ranked No. 15 overall in the state and No. 14 in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care," says Sylvia Smith Johnson, the hospital's president and chief executive officer. "We are committed every day to providing the highest quality care to our patients, and this award is testament to how we have applied resources and training toward improved patient outcomes. We are also very proud that U.S. News & World Report has recognized Maryland General as one of the top hospitals in Baltimore and Maryland, especially in regard to our performance in diabetes care, treatment of kidney and lung diseases and caring for aging patients."

Thomas Jackson, the Delmarva Foundation's chief executive officer, says, "We are pleased to recognize Maryland General Hospital with this award for quality improvement. 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."

In reviewing the strides hospitals have made regarding patient safety and quality improvement, locally as well as nationally, the Delmarva Foundation changed the criteria for the 2012 award. Beginning this year, it is recognizing hospitals that show significant and sustained quality improvement results.

In the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Maryland General Hospital was one of six hospitals within the University of Maryland Medical System to be ranked among the Top 25 hospitals in Maryland for 2012-2013—more than any other hospital system in the state. For more information on Maryland General’s rankings, visit health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/md/maryland-general-hospital-6320200.

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About Maryland General Hospital

Founded in 1881, Maryland General Hospital is a 213-bed urban community teaching hospital and part of the University of Maryland Medical System. Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, the hospital provides healthcare in more than 30 specialties to approximately 110,000 patients annually through inpatient and outpatient care and free health screenings throughout the community.

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a private, not-for-profit network of 11 academic, community and specialty hospitals located across Maryland. UMMS employs nearly 15,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in the state and generating $3.5 billion in economic activity. In fiscal year 2011, the system's hospitals, which have about 2,300 beds, recorded a total of 121,401 patient admissions, more than any other health care provider in Maryland.

About Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, Inc.

Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (DFMC) is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with DFMC to improve the quality of health care for Maryland's 730,000-plus Medicare beneficiaries. DFMC, a subsidiary of Quality Health Strategies, has offices in Columbia, Md. and Easton, Md.