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The Joint Commission and JCR Announce 2012 Board Appointments

Home Care, Long Term Care and Behavioral Health Care Programs get Full Representation

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – January 11, 2012) The Joint Commission announces the incoming Board of Commissioners for 2012, and the Board’s decision to make the three field representatives for long term care, behavioral health care and home care full voting members. Previously, the field representatives voted on Board committees, but not at the full Board.

The seven new members include health care executive John A. Babiarz, COO, ARAMARK Healthcare, a public member on the board; L.D. Britt, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, appointed by the American College of Surgeons; Albert J. Osbahr, III, M.D., and Stephen R. Permut, M.D., J.D., both appointed by the American Medical Association; David Pryor, M.D., appointed by the American Hospital Association; and David Henry Perrott, D.D.S., M.D., M.B.A., FACS, appointed by the American Dental Association. In addition, Joan M. Doyle, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., executive director, Penn Home Care and Hospice Services, University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), Philadelphia, will represent the home care field as a Commissioner.   

Current behavioral health care field representative Michael F. Hogan, Ph.D., commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health, and current long term care field representative Connie S. March, R.N., M.S.N., president and CEO, Provena Life Connections will become full voting members of the Board.

“Our new Commissioners all have a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges facing health care today,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “Their longstanding commitment to quality and patient safety will significantly enhance The Joint Commission’s efforts to achieve its mission of improving health care for the public.”

The Joint Commission also announced the re-appointment of Isabel Hoverman, M.D., MACP, as 2012 chair of the Board of Commissioners. Gerald Shea will serve again as vice chair. In addition to Hoverman and Shea, the following officer re-appointments for 2012 have been announced:

  • Treasurer—Rebecca Patchin, M.D.
  • Secretary—Craig W. Jones, FACHE
  • Executive Committee Member-at-Large—LaMar S. McGinnis, M.D., FACS
  • Executive Committee Member-at-Large—David Henry Perrott, D.D.S., M.D., M.B.A., FACS

In addition, JCR announced the re-appointment of Suet Wun Lim, M.D., as 2012 chair of its Board of Directors and LaMar S. McGinnis, M.D., F.A.C.S., as vice chair.  JCR is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

Dr. Lim has served as an outside international director on the JCR Board since 2004. He is currently chair on the JCR Executive Committee; he previously served as Vice Chair and Member-At-Large on the JCR Executive Committee. Lim has served on the JCR Human Resources and Compensation Committee since 2009, and he served on the JCR Accreditation Committee from 2004-2010. Lim is currently Director of Parkway Holdings Ltd. and Executive Vice President for Parkway Group Healthcare Pte Ltd. in Singapore.

Dr. McGinnis has served as an American College of Surgeons (ACS) appointed Commissioner on The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners since 2005. Dr. McGinnis has also served as a Commissioner member on the JCR Board of Directors since 2009; he served as vice chair of the JCR Executive Committee in 2011 and as secretary in 2010. He is also currently the chair of the JCR Accreditation Committee. He is senior medical advisor and liaison at the American Cancer Society.

Statements in support of Field Representatives Becoming Full Voting Board Members
“I am pleased to hear that The Joint Commission Board of Commissioners has approved full voting membership and changed the title of the home care industry representative to Commissioner.  Previously, the field representative voted on Board committees, but not the full Board.  This is great news for the home care industry to have full voting rights as a Commissioner and to serve a three year term. Joan M. Doyle, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., executive director, Penn Home Care and Hospice Service, University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), Philadelphia, will be an excellent Commissioner representing the home care field.”
Val J. Halamandaris, president, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

"I applaud The Joint Commission Board’s decision to make the behavioral health care field representative a full voting member of the board. This will give a greater voice to the behavioral health care field on the accreditation and certification issues that affect the field and our clients."
Linda Rosenberg, M.S.W., president and CEO, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

“As immediate past-chair of The Joint Commission’s Long Term Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee, I am once again energized with the recent approval by the Board of Commissioners in granting full voting privileges to the long term care field representative. Full participation will provide a stronger voice on the Board of Commissioners from extended care facilities that strive to meet the demands of Joint Commission Accreditation Standards. This change in status once again demonstrates the comprehensive philosophy that The Joint Commission has adopted as it strives to ensure residents are provided safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.”
Kathleen C. Niedert, PhD, MBA, LNHA, administrator, Parkview Manor, Inc.

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