Regional Digest


December 08, 2003|By From staff reports

In Maryland

Organizations bid to run new patient safety center

Although Maryland doesn't plan to pay a dime to the organization it chooses to run a new patient safety center, that hasn't dissuaded organizations from bidding, the state's chief health care regulator said last week.

But Barbara McLean, executive director of the Maryland Health Care Commission, said procurement regulations prohibit her from saying who bid, or the number of bids received, until a winner is selected. That likely won't be until late this month or early next month.

The state wants a nonprofit organization or academic institution to operate the Maryland Patient Safety Center. It would gather and analyze voluntary reports about events that harmed or nearly harmed patients, and teach health care providers how to avoid them. A Johns Hopkins University patient safety group, the University of Maryland Medical School, Delmarva Foundation and Maryland Hospital Association attended a pre-bid meeting in October.

Four colleges receive $1.75 million grants

The Johns Hopkins University and three independent Maryland colleges have received $7 million from the Hodson Trust, a charity named for the founder of the Beneficial Corp. financial services firm.

Hopkins, Hood College in Frederick, Washington College in Chestertown and St. John's College in Annapolis each received $1.75 million last week. The grants support academic scholarships, research and building construction. Named for Clarence Hodson, the trust has awarded $149 million to the four schools since it was established in 1920.

"The Hodson Trust is a real success story," said Finn M.W. Caspersen, chairman of the Hodson board of trustees. "It started in the 1920s with just a few hundred dollars. ... We consider these grants to be an excellent investment in ... educational initiatives."

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