The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations said it would establish an international patient-safety center with its consulting and education subsidiary, Joint Commission Resources, and announced the appointment of Peter Angood, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as chief patient-safety officer and co-leader of the center. Angood is current president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. The Joint Commission said the center's other principals would be Richard Croteau, the JCAHO's executive director for strategic initiatives, and Laura Botwinick, an executive currently on leave for a fellowship at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The commission said the center initially would focus on identifying, analyzing and disseminating patient-safety advances in the U.S. and abroad and on creating organizational "cultures of safety." -- by Melanie Evans
JCAHO to launch international patient-safety center
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