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Winter 2013

Why I Give: Carolyn Krysiak

By: Meghan Rossbach
Date: February 4, 2013

Carolyn Krysiak
Carolyn Krysiak, supporter of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Some would say the spirit of Johns Hopkins Bayview is in Carolyn Krysiak’s blood. Born at what was then Baltimore City Hospitals, she grew up a few miles from the Medical Center, raised her family in the Bayview neighborhood and later went on to represent the community as a Maryland State Delegate. Through all the changes and milestones in her life, one thing remained constant—the comfort of having Johns Hopkins Bayview right around the corner.

“I represented this community for 20 years,” says Krysiak. “What makes this hospital so special is how involved it is with the neighborhoods that surround it. Johns Hopkins Bayview has supported or encouraged every positive thing that has happened in this area.”

Now retired, Krysiak is giving back to the hospital as an active volunteer and board member. She is most involved with the Patient Safety Advisory Board, where she collaborates with community and business leaders on ways to raise awareness and financial support for patient safety programs.

Patient safety was first brought to Krysiak’s attention in the mid-1990s, when she was asked to be part of a group at Johns Hopkins to find ways to better compile information on hospital safety. That group eventually became the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. While she is a member of several committees at the Institute, her passion is to help make Johns Hopkins Bayview a national leader in patient safety.

Says Krysiak, “It truly is fascinating to know that we can change the hospital culture to ultimately prevent all errors.”

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