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Dr. Palmisano is the recipient of award for the advancement of patient safety.

The Doctors Company Names Donald J. Palmisano, M.D., as Recipient of Award for the Advancement of Patient Safety

NAPA, Calif., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Doctors Company, the nation's leading physician-owned medical malpractice insurance provider, is pleased to award Donald J. Palmisano, M.D., J.D., F.A.C.S., past president of the AMA, with The Doctors Company Award for the Advancement of Patient Safety. The award is designed to draw public and industry attention to the importance of patient safety within the medical profession and to recognize physicians who demonstrate leadership in this area.

The Doctors Company is honoring Dr. Palmisano for his tireless advocacy of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, Public Law 109-41, during his tenure as the president of the American Medical Association. This law, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Bush on July 27, 2005, establishes a confidential reporting structure in which physicians, hospitals, and other health care professionals and entities can voluntarily report information on errors to patient safety organizations for review by experts to improve the system for all with the goal of preventing future errors. In addition to his legislative activities, Dr. Palmisano is being recognized for his extensive participation as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Patient Safety Foundation.

"Dr. Palmisano's advocacy has accelerated important progress in raising the call for improved risk management and patient safety systems in American healthcare," said David B. Troxel, M.D., medical director for The Doctors Company. "He continues to champion the cause for refined patient safety practices and to shine the light on the connection between patient safety and improvement in the medical liability crisis."

Dr. Palmisano is a New Orleans general and vascular surgeon in private practice since 1970. He is clinical professor of surgery and clinical professor of medical jurisprudence at Tulane as well as adjunct professor in the Department of Health Systems Management of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Palmisano is president of Intrepid Resources(R), a medical risk management company, was president of the Louisiana State Medical Society in 1984-85 and, from 1999-2003, was a member of the board of the Joint Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). He was the president of the American Medical Association for the 2003-2004 term, is on the board of the National Patient Safety Foundation, and serves on The Doctors Company Board of Governors. In June of this year, he was elected to the Board of Governors of Tulane University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Palmisano has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, and is a frequent speaker who is widely quoted on medical liability reform and patient safety.

"I am honored to receive this award from The Doctors Company," said Dr. Palmisano. "I firmly believe that effective patient safety practices are an essential method for improving the healthcare delivery system and tempering the medical liability crisis."

About The Doctors Company
Founded by doctors for doctors in 1976 to advance and protect the practice of good medicine, The Doctors Company is the nation's leading physician-owned medical malpractice insurance provider. With solid financial strength and a unique understanding of the medical malpractice risk environment, The Doctors Company enjoys a reputation as the industry vanguard.

SOURCE: The Doctors Company
Web Site: http://www.thedoctors.com

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