Williams Named JCAHO Commissioner

October 18, 2005

Josie Williams, M.D., M.M.M., director of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s Rural and Community Health Institute (RCHI), has been named a Non-Trustee Commissioner to the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Dr. Williams was chosen for this position by the American Medical Association (AMA), which is one of the organizational members of the commission, and her nomination was supported and encouraged by the AMA’s state affiliate, the Texas Medical Association (TMA).
JCAHO evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The commission is the nation’s chief standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, and it conducts comprehensive accreditation processes that evaluate organizations’ compliance with its standards and other accreditation requirements.
The commission’s 29-member governing Board of Commissioners, which will now include Dr. Williams, includes nurses, physicians, consumers, medical directors, administrators, providers, quality experts, educators and representatives of other involved areas. JCAHO’s corporate members include the American College of Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Dental Association, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association.
In response to being named a Non-Trustee Commissioner to JCAHO, Dr. Williams said, “I will serve the patients and physicians in accredited organizations across the United States and in particular those in the State of Texas to the best of my ability in this new role. I appreciate the efforts of the leadership and staff of the Texas Medical Association on my behalf.”
Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of the A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for the A&M System, said with regard to Dr. Williams’ appointment: “We are pleased that Dr. Williams will be part of a process of accreditation that involves virtually every hospital and health care facility in Texas and the nation. This will be challenging work for her, and the A&M Health Science Center is proud to be ‘home’ to one of JCAHO’s commissioners.”

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