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Clinical Communities

Clinical Communities are a new organizational model for transforming patient safety and quality across Johns Hopkins Medicine that tap into clinicians’ innate desires to reduce harm and improve care. These peer-driven networks—with members from across Johns Hopkins Medicine entities—establish safety and quality priorities, set goals and are responsible for achieving results. By leveraging the expertise and wisdom of those closest to the point of care, this bottom-up approach encourages innovative solutions that are more likely to be implemented and effective.

It is the goal of the communities to develop system-wide best practices that eliminate preventable harm, optimize patient outcomes, and reduce waste in care delivery. Organized by discipline or medical setting, clinical communities launched at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2011, and the list of active communities is steadily growing.

  • Cleaning, Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Hospitalists
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Medication Safety
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Patient-Centered Care Across Maternity Services
  • Peri-Anesthesia Care Unit

The Armstrong Institute convenes the communities and provides core resources, such as data support, and administration. However, the community is driven by the peer network, which thrives on collaboration, social connections and active engagement. It is an environment where members can openly discuss problems and concerns without repercussions.

Get Involved

We welcome new members to our communities.

Each community meets monthly for two hours. Members’ time commitment between meetings varies depending upon the project, but it typically amounts to normally no more than two additional hours a month.

For more information about participating in clinical communities, contact:

Lois Gould, Director –
Patricia Wachter, Project Administrator -

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