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Easton, MD, March 8, 2015 – In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers, and the public, Quality Health Strategies and its subsidiaries announced today their participation in the 2015 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, United in Safety.

Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 8-14, 2015, is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Each year, health care organizations around the world take part in the event, creating awareness in their community and among their staff.

This year’s theme, United in Safety, highlights the importance of the relationship between providers and patients and their families. Enhanced communication begins with an informed and engaged patient and helps to lead to safer care. Everyone in the health care process plays a role in delivering safe care and by uniting together and sharing that common goal we can make a difference in patient safety.

Although we are using this week in March to celebrate patient safety achievements and increase awareness, safe care should be your organization’s focus, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, and 365-days a year.

As part of our ongoing commitment to patient safety and quality care, each year Delmarva Foundation, a Quality Health Strategies subsidiary, recognizes individual hospitals in Maryland and the District of Columbia that excel in patient safety and quality improvement. The Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement is awarded to qualified hospitals the meet specific performance in six national inpatient clinical areas – Heart Failure, Surgical Care Improvement, Pneumonia, Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis, Hospital Acquired Infections, and Immunization.

Delmarva Foundation engages staff, patients, and the community through educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety science and practice.

"Patient safety is an integral part of delivering high quality health care at all contact points within the healthcare system," said Quality Health Strategies’ Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Fredia Wadley. "In order to succeed in improving health care safety and quality, the patient and patient’s family and/or caregivers must be informed, engaged partners in the health care process. In addition, patients and families must be self-advocates. It is also critically important for patients and families to “speak up” and inform health care providers of any financial, social, cultural or other barriers to receiving the recommended care."

For additional information on Delmarva Foundation and the Excellence Award for Quality, please visit www.delmarvafoundation.org. For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit www.npsf.org.

About Quality Health Strategies
Quality Health Strategies is dedicated to creating solutions to transform health and is the parent of established and prominent health care organizations including Delmarva Foundation; Health Integrity, LLC; and Quality Health Foundation. QHS supports each subsidiary company with administrative, business development, communications, finance, human resources, contracts, security, and information technology services.

About Delmarva Foundation
Delmarva Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving quality in health care in over 30 states and the District of Columbia. Since 1973, Delmarva has assisted in improving care in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, medical practices and health plans. Delmarva performs quality improvement, quality assurance, utilization review, external quality review, population health and Program Safeguard activities. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Easton, Maryland with additional offices in Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, DC; Columbia, South Carolina; Tampa, Florida; and Tallahassee, Florida.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997 – to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.