MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety to Host 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture


Columbia, MD — MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety will host the 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture on Oct. 2 at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking report, “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System” which was issued in November 1999 by the U.S. Institute of Medicine and resulted in increased awareness of U.S. medical errors and a need for improved patient safety.

MedStar Franklin Square Crouse Lecture Dec. 12, 2017The panelists, three health policy and patient safety experts will provide a wide-ranging discussion on where we are today regarding patient safety. The panelists include: Lucian Leape, MD, adjunct professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health; Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, Deputy Undersecretary for Health for Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks (DEAN) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Martin “Marty” J. Hatlie, JD, co-director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and President & CEO of Project Patient Care.

“The report, ‘To Err is Human’ was groundbreaking in that it brought the issues of medical error to the forefront of national concern.” says Dr. David Mayer, executive director, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. “While we have come a long way in the last twenty years, we still have over 200,000 deaths a year in the U.S. due to unintentional but preventable hospital errors which is unacceptable. Improving patient safety requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, so I look forward to interactive discussions on this important topic with our esteemed panelists.”

Patient safety is a key initiative of MedStar Health and its mission to becoming a High Reliability Organization (HRO), which focuses on the elimination of preventable medical errors. HROs develop a culture in which staff feel empowered to identify safety or quality problems before harm occurs.

Panelist Biographies

  • Lucian Leape, MD, is adjunct professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and a health policy analyst whose groundbreaking research has focused on patient safety and the quality of care. He is internationally recognized as the leader of the patient safety movement, beginning with the publication of his seminal article “Error in Medicine” in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1994.
  • Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, serves as the Deputy Undersecretary for Health for Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks (DEAN) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to her current position, she served as the deputy undersecretary for Health for Organizational Excellence overseeing veterans’ health administration, as well as 10 years as the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In 2018, Dr. Clancy was named, by Modern Healthcare magazine, as one of 2018’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.
  • Martin “Marty” J. Hatlie, JD, is co-director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. He also is CEO, Project Patient Care (PPC), a nonprofit organization that serves as the Chicago region’s safety and quality improvement coalition and is dedicated to using the voice of the patient to improve care. Mr. Hatlie also is the owner of Partnership for Patient Safety (p4ps®), which developed the acclaimed First Do No Harm® video series, now distributed in more than 40 countries.

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, 9000 Franklin Square Drive, Baltimore. Kotzen Auditorium. Parking is available across the street in visitor lots.
  • To register to attend the event click here
  • To stream the event online, click here

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About MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS) is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MIQS provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit  

About MedStar Health
At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities. Our 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living this promise through our core SPIRIT values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across our more than 300 locations including 10 hospitals, ambulatory, and urgent care centers. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar Health is training future physician leaders to care for the whole person and is advancing care through the MedStar Health Research Institute. From our telemedicine and urgent care services to the region’s largest home health agency, we’re committed to providing high-quality health care that’s also easy and convenient for our patients. At MedStar Health—It’s how we treat people. Learn more at


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