The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has re-ordered some chairs in its executive suite.
Russell P. Massaro, M.D., will become executive vice president for accreditation operations. He was formerly a New York state mental health official and later ran a consulting firm. Previously a JCAHO surveyor, he'll be in charge of the agency's largest division.
Massaro replaces Charles H. Bair, who will begin overseeing outreach activities for the JCAHO's accreditation programs as a vice president. He also will work on third-party evaluation contracts and help support survey readiness for accredited organizations.
Bair came on board at a time when the JCAHO was facing mounting hospital industry criticism of its accreditation services. Bair, the former president and chief executive officer of Upper Valley Medical Center in Miami County, Ohio, joined the JCAHO in September 1994. He replaced Kenneth Hermann, who unexpectedly resigned during the peak of the backlash against the JCAHO.
Shortly thereafter, the JCAHO initiated a number of reforms to placate accredited hospitals. For example, Bair developed the Orion project, a streamlined accreditation process for small and rural hospitals.
Margaret VanAmringe will become vice president for external relations. Based in Washington, she also will handle federal relations. John Laing, who had held the post, will return to Burson-Marsteller's Chicago office.
The JCAHO hired Laing in January 1994 as vice president of marketing and external relations, a job that later was split.