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June 2011

Pronovost to head new patient safety institute

Date: June 14, 2011

Peter Pronovost
Peter Pronovost

Nationally recognized patient safety expert Peter Pronovost has been tapped to head the newly created . The Hopkins anesthesiologist and critical care specialist will also assume the title of senior vice president for patient safety and quality. 

In May, Hopkins leaders announced a pledge of $10 million from Johns Hopkins Medicine trustee chair C. Michael Armstrong to create an institute that will consolidate and oversee patient safety and quality efforts throughout Hopkins Medicine. It will rigorously apply science to the study of safety for the benefit of all patients, not just those at Hopkins. It will also focus on eliminating preventable harm to patients, eradicating health disparities, ensuring clinical excellence, and creating a culture that values collaboration, accountability and organizational learning.

At the gift’s announcement, Dean/CEO Edward Miller noted, “All of us acknowledge the imperatives of improving patient safety and the quality of health care, but few of us have taken the steps to formally erect a framework that will tackle these issues head on.”

“We have been making excellent progress on patient safety and quality,” added Armstrong, “but we can do better. We must take our patient safety research and results to the next level to be the best.”

Pronovost, winner of a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant” in recognition of his contributions to patient safety, is the current medical director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care and the director of the Quality and Safety Research Group. The Center for Innovation supports quality and safety efforts at the Johns Hopkins hospitals, and the research group advances the science of patient safety. These groups, along with other partners throughout the university and health system, will roll into the newly created Armstrong Institute to improve outcomes.