OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Joint Commission Resources (JCR) announces the appointment of two consulting practice leaders to provide innovative solutions in two critical focus areas for healthcare organizations: accreditation improvement and infection prevention and control. Â JCR is an affiliate of Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
The consulting practice leaders will partner with healthcare organizations to improve strategic decision-making and enhance daily operations in a way that promotes health care quality and safety.Â Consulting practice leaders specializing in patient safety, the environment of care and medication safety will be available later this year.
JCRs consulting practice leaders will skillfully guide organizations in transitioning from a culture of simply achieving standards compliance at a particular point in time to one that uses innovation to create practical and effective organization-wide solutions and fosters a continuous emphasis on performance improvement, says Karen H. Timmons, chief executive officer, JCR.
The JCR consulting practice leaders are:
-- Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, of Infection Prevention and Control Services. Soule has broad experience practicing and teaching infection prevention and control in the United States and internationally and has published extensively in this area, serving as editor in chief of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC)s first Curriculum for Infection Control Practice. She is a member of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), which provides advice to the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
-- Stephen C. Anderson, MBA, RN, of Accreditation Innovations. Anderson has more than 30 years of executive experience in healthcare, including expertise in clinical and senior management, clinical applications and information management. He is a former Joint Commission and Joint Commission International surveyor who has held leadership positions at not-for-profit, government and investor-owned healthcare delivery systems (adult and pediatric) in the United States and abroad.