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In Maryland

2 nonprofits to run patient safety center

Two nonprofits that were competing to run a new state-designated patient safety center have combined their proposals and are set to jointly operate the center, which is aimed at keeping health care facilities from harming patients.

Barbara G. McLean, executive director of the Maryland Health Care Commission, said the state intends to sign a contract giving the Maryland Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation, an Easton-based health care quality consultant, the right to run the Maryland Patient Safety Center. The contract provides only the designation, not any money.

In Harford County

Ex-manager admits theft from APG golf course

The former manager of Aberdeen Proving Ground's Ruggles Golf Course and Pro Shop pleaded guilty in Baltimore's federal court yesterday to stealing more than $200,000 from the facility.

Steward Hinch, 41, of Aberdeen managed the government-owned pro shop from April 1998 to April 2002, according to the U.S. attorney's office. During that time, he falsified records to hide that he was skimming money from payments made to Ruggles, prosecutors said.

He is scheduled to be sentenced July 29.

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