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Joint Commission President Emeritus Joins Truman Medical Centers' Board of Directors
Date:6/19/2009

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 Washingt
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