Promoting patient safety

October 13, 2021 by Marc Shapiro

Armstrong Institute marks 10 years of creating a culture of transparency and accountability

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2021 edition of Dome.

When the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality recently commemorated its 10th anniversary, dozens of faculty and staff members gathered via Zoom to thank the institute’s namesake donors, highlight achievements and current projects, and look toward the future.

C. Michael and S. Anne Armstrong headshot
C. Michael and S. Anne Armstrong donated $10 million to Johns Hopkins to support patient safety after Michael’s own brush with medical mistakes at other institutions.

Created with a $10 million gift from C. Michael Armstrong, former chairman of the Johns Hopkins Medicine board of trustees, and his wife, S. Anne Armstrong, the institute’s goals include creating a culture of accountability and transparency to prevent medical errors, improve clinical outcomes and eliminate health care disparities.

The Armstrong Institute has worked toward these goals through a number of initiatives, including:

“We’re working hard on learning how to deliver uniform, high-quality care across our system,” says Allen Kachalia, director of the Armstrong Institute. “The attention that’s given to quality and safety speaks to how much Johns Hopkins prioritizes delivering the best possible care and getting it right every time.”

The institute has about 225 faculty and staff members.

The Armstrongs, touched by the number of institute employees who gathered to thank them and present their work, beamed with delight over a decade of accomplishments.

“Over the 10 years I’ve interacted with the institute, I’m so very proud of what it has been able to achieve,” Michael Armstrong says. “It works not only efficiently, but productively, and is making a difference.”

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