SOURCE: The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission

September 20, 2010 14:49 ET

JCI Appoints Vice President of International Accreditation and Standards

OAKBROOK, IL--(Marketwire - September 20, 2010) -  Joint Commission International today announced the appointment of Paul vanOstenberg, D.D.S., M.S., as vice president of International Accreditation and Standards. JCI is the international division of Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

In this position, Dr. vanOstenberg will be responsible for all activities associated with the operation of the seven international accreditation and certification programs, development of standards, interpretation of standards and quality measurement. Previously, Dr. vanOstenberg served as senior executive director of International Accreditation, Standards and Quality Measures for JCI. He was also the first managing director for JCI's Asia Pacific and European offices.

As the first executive director of International Accreditation in 1998, Dr. vanOstenberg guided the development of international standards and survey methods and the promotion of JCI accreditation around the world as an effective safety and quality improvement tool.

"Paul has been instrumental in making JCI the worldwide leader in developing strategies that promote health care quality and patient safety," says Paula Wilson, president and CEO, JCR and JCI. "His expertise and deep relationships with the global community will be assets as JCI moves forward in meeting the needs of health care organizations, ministries of health and global organizations."

Dr. vanOstenberg has a doctorate in dental surgery from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia and a master's in gerontology and health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1997 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Through international accreditation, consultation, publications and education programs, JCI extends The Joint Commission's mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care. JCI assists international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others in more than 90 countries.

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