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UM nurse anesthesia director named to women's health council

Monday May 26, 2014
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Joseph E. Pellegrini, RN, CRNA, PhD, associate professor and director of the nurse anesthesia specialty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, has been appointed to the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care, according to a news release. The council’s mission is to improve patient safety in women’s healthcare through multidisciplinary collaboration that drives culture change.

A unique consortium that champions women’s health, the council consists of 14 member organizations that have teamed up to promote safe healthcare for women. The council seeks to better understand the causes of harm during care and to disseminate patient safety information. By fostering programs and tools that implement safety initiatives and by encouraging a healthcare culture of respect, transparency and accountability, the council expects the number of patients harmed during care to decrease, according to the release.

“Rates of severe maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States are increasing and are now at levels twice as high as those in Western Europe,” Pellegrini said in the release. “To address this, the National Partnership for Maternal Safety was formed to develop patient evidenced-based safe practice guidelines to improve patient outcomes. I am honored to be asked to serve on this council and am looking forward to the opportunity to make a difference in the promotion of patient safety in women’s healthcare.”

Pellegrini, the only CRNA serving on the council, also is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, which is a supporting organization of the consortium. The council has been working to improve the safety of women’s healthcare since 2011.

“Providing safe and effective health services to women is a very serious issue,” UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in the release. ”Dr. Pellegrini’s selection to the council is a great opportunity for him to continue to make a difference in this arena. I am confident that he will be an asset to the council as it continues to make strides in providing safer care for women.”


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