UMMC Honored for Patient Safety, Quality Measures

For immediate release: August 08, 2013


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Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award Recognizes Performance in Key Clinical Areas

Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland, has awarded the 2013 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).  The award honors hospitals which excel in patient safety and quality improvement. To receive the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award, a hospital must meet specific performance improvement criteria on 14 measures in four national inpatient clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, surgical care improvement, and pneumonia.

“Providing the highest quality care to patients with complex medical needs -- while paying diligent attention to safety -- is UMMC’s priority every day,” said Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive officer of UMMC. “This award from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care is testament to that commitment, and we are honored to receive this recognition.”

In order to be considered for the award, hospital performance for each measure must be ≥ 90 percent for all 4 quarters of the year.  Hospitals with an aggregate performance measurement of ≥ 96 percent are awarded the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award.  For 2013, UMMC’s aggregate score was 97.6 percent.

“We are pleased to recognize the University of Maryland Medical Center with this award,” said Dr. Columbus Giles, Delmarva Foundation’s Chief Medical Officer. “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.”

About University of Maryland Medical Center

The University of Maryland Medical Center is an 800-bed teaching hospital in Baltimore and the flagship institution of the 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System. As a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation, UMMC treats patients who are referred nationally and regionally for expertise in time-sensitive critical care medicine. UMMC also has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country, performing 443 abdominal and thoracic transplants in 2012.  All physicians on staff at the Medical Center are faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  Visit us at 

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.