What's New

October 2007

Maine DHHS and Maine Medical Center partnership chosen for Patient Safety Improvement Corps

The State of Maine has been selected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety (VA NCPS) to collaborate with Maine Medical Center to participate in the 2007-2008 Patient Safety Improvement Corps.

This course will take place in 2007-2008 with approximately 20 other teams from across the United States and internationally. This selection is a competitive process as the education opportunities and benefits result in a large pool of candidates and applicants and are greatly valued in the field of patient safety and error reduction. The team will be focusing on two major projects, the development of Team STEPPS training and Root Cause Analysis skill building. Both of these activities will result in provider-focused education throughout the state.

The team consists of two members of the senior staff from Maine Medical Center, Katherine Demspki, JD.,R.N., Director of Risk Management and Andrea Andrus, Director of Performance Improvement and two members of the Division of Licensing and Regulatory services, Health Care Consultants, David Stuchiner, M.D., and Anne Flanagan, M.S., R.N. . The team is supported and directed by Dr. Douglas Salvador, the Associate Chief Medical Officer and Patient Safety Officer of Maine Medical Center and Denise Osgood, Manager, Hospital Licensing and Medicare Certification.