Three new members took their seats on the expanded board of Joint Commission Resources, the not-for-profit consulting subsidiary of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The change is part of the agency's plan to eliminate a voting majority of JCR board directors who double as members of the parent's board of commissioners. One of the new JCR directors is Gordon Sprenger, former president and CEO of Allina Health System, Minneapolis, and a past chairman of the American Hospital Association. The others are Jack Bailey, vice president of business-to-business operations at Eli Lilly and Co., and Marc Smith, president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association. Two other board seats have not been filled. The JCR board in December 2002 voted to increase its size to 17 members from 12, seven of whom also serve on the 29-member JCAHO board. The additions will tip the balance in favor of outside board members. JCR officially is a separate company but consolidates its revenue and income results with the JCAHO. During the past two years the arrangement came under scrutiny as possibly too close for comfort, including criticism from Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) that it could represent a conflict of interest. -- by John Morrissey
JCAHO consulting subsidiary adds board members
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