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Ann Mech receives Howard County General Hospital Trustee award for "driving quality".

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (HCGH) in Columbia has proudly announced that longtime Board of Trustees member Ann Mech, JD, RN is the 2009 winner of the Trustee "Driving Quality" Award from the Delmarva Foundation. The award recognizes the importance of hospital Board leadership and support for initiating and sustaining quality improvement efforts.

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"Our hospital and community are very fortunate to have such a knowledgeable individual who gives so freely of her time to enhance the health and safety of our entire community, and we are all very happy that a person as deserving as Ann has won this award" said Victor A. Broccolino, president and CEO.

As chair of the Board's Professional Committee, Mech's dedication to performance improvement and knowledge of the health care field helped earn her the award. Her experience as both a nurse and an attorney helps her understand HCGH's performance data and determine what particular areas contribute to patient safety. Under her leadership, the committee supported a change in laboratory labeling to include bar-code scanning and bedside labeling; a move that led to a dramatic decrease in specimen labeling errors. Additionally, Mech has been a strong advocate of recognizing staff for their contributions and insight regarding patient safety.

A resident of Howard County, nurse-attorney Mech also has been involved with a number of other community agencies, such as the Howard County Board of Health and Howard Community College. Mech is the Coordinator for Legal Affairs and Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
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Title Annotation:Practice
Publication:Maryland Nurse
Date:Feb 1, 2010
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