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Joint Commission President Emeritus Joins Truman Medical Centers' Board of Directors

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- President Emeritus of The Joint Commission, Dennis O'Leary, M.D., will join the Truman Medical Centers (TMC) Board of Directors at the June 2009 meeting.

Dr. O'Leary is a recipient of the Eisenberg Honorary Award for Individual Achievement for his outstanding work during his tenure as President of The Joint Commission.

"TMC is honored to have Dr. O'Leary join our Board of Directors," said TMC President/CEO John W. Bluford. "Our entire board looks forward to working with Dr. O'Leary to advance the progress of TMC as a premier teaching hospital and as a critical part of the downtown Kansas City healthcare safety net."

The Joint Commission is the leading healthcare accrediting body in the United States. Under his leadership, The Joint Commission successfully transformed its accreditation process to focus on actual organization performance in the provision of patient care. This transformation set the stage for the progressive introduction of care-related outcomes and process measures, as well as national patient safety goals, into the accreditation process. Dr. O'Leary has also overseen the introduction of cutting-edge standards relating to patient safety, pain management, use of patient restraints, and emergency preparedness.

"I am very honored to have been selected to serve on the TMC Board of Directors. Having grown up in this area, I have taken great pleasure in observing the progressive emergence of TMC as both a top-notch academic health center and as a full-fledged tertiary care safety-net hospital that truly serves its community," O'Leary said. "Because the values that these achievements represent are well-aligned with my own, I am very enthusiastic about the opportunity that service on the TMC Board presents for me."

Prior to joining The Joint Commission, O'Leary served as Dean for Clinical Affairs at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Vice President of the George Washington University Health Plan, an academic HMO. During his 15-year tenure at George Washington, he achieved the faculty rank of Professor of Medicine and served as Medical Director of the University Hospital for more than a decade.

O'Leary earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York and his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. After two years of internal medicine training at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, he completed his residency and hematology fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology.

"The goal of the TMC Board Development Committee is to identify and recruit the very best to serve the hospital and the Kansas City Community. The people we are looking for must have the same drive to provide top quality care to everyone as our talented and dedicated TMC staff does," said Sarah Ingram-Eiser, chair of the TMC Board Development Committee and member of the TMC Board of Directors. "Dr. Dennis O'Leary exemplifies quality in healthcare and is truly the best of the best. We welcome Dr. O'Leary's knowledge, expertise and dedication to quality and are honored to have him on our board of directors and back in Kansas City again."

O'Leary and his wife, Dr. Margaret O'Leary an emergency medicine physician and author, now reside in Fairway, Kansas. They live in the boyhood home of Dr. O'Leary, which has recently been refurbished to include a library housing the more than 16,000 book collection that his parents amassed throughout their lifetime. Dr. O'Leary's father, Theodore O'Leary, was the Midwest correspondent for Sports Illustrated and served as a book reviewer for the Kansas City Star for more than 60 years. The O'Learys have two adult children, Margaret Guzzaldo, an International Relations masters degree graduate of DePaul University and Theodore O'Leary, a University of Kansas Law School student.

About The Joint Commission

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. The mission of The Joint Commission is to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

About TMC

Truman Medical Centers is a not-for-profit two acute-care hospital health system in Kansas City. The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood, TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Department and a number of primary care practices throughout Eastern Jackson County. Recently named one of the nation's top academic medical centers, TMC is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Health Sciences and specializes in asthma, bariatrics, diabetes, women's health, and trauma services. For more information, please call (816) 404-3785 or visit

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