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Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality Opens Local Site at HCGH - 06/15/2018

Release Date: June 15, 2018

For Immediate Release       
Contact:  Sharon Sopp, 410-740-7646,

June 15, 2018

Columbia, Md.— Howard County General Hospital is announcing today that the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality is expanding to the hospital, fortifying the hospital’s ability to provide the highest quality and safest care to the community it serves.

As an Armstrong Institute campus, HCGH patients and providers will have access to state-of-the art safety efforts, continuous quality initiatives to prevent patient harm, and the latest evidence-based protocols.

“Howard County General Hospital already benefits from the advances and innovations of the Armstrong Institute, as a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine,” said Steven C. Snelgrove, president, HCGH. “Having a satellite located here on our campus will build an even stronger relationship between the organizations, and help us to apply institute research to our quality and safety work in a community hospital setting.

The Armstrong Institute was founded in 2011 when C. Michael Armstrong, retired chairman of IBM World Trade Corporation and several other multinational corporations and former chairman of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees, determined to take patient safety and research to the next level. He presented a $10 million gift to create the Armstrong Institute, which merges safety research with safety operations in novel ways. The institute is internationally renowned for its work. HCGH becomes the third Armstrong location, after Johns Hopkins and the Hopkins Bayview campus.

M. Shafeeq Ahmed, M.D., HCGH chief medical officer/vice president of Medical Affairs, has been named director of the Armstrong Institute at HCGH, with Lisa Grubb, senior director of Quality at HCGH, serving as deputy director.


About Howard County General Hospital
Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 267 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care.

The hospital has a professional staff of more than 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,800 individuals and over 300 volunteers.

About Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality advances the science of improving health care by developing, testing and implementing solutions to challenges in care delivery at Johns Hopkins Medicine and health care organizations around the world. The institute’s work focuses on preventing medical errors and complications, improving patient outcomes and experiences, and eliminating waste and inefficiency. Named after C. Michael Armstrong, former chairman of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Armstrong Institute employs a multidisciplinary, team approach and collaborates with patients, their loved ones and the medical team to transform health care delivery.

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