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The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Appoints Three Associate Editors

April 20, 2017
By: Katie Looze Bronk, Corporate Communications

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois – April 20, 2017) – Three associate editors have been appointed to The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety: Jonathan Benn, PhD, MEd; Kevin J. O’Leary, MD, MS; and Patricia W. Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN. The associate editors are featured in “The Journal Welcomes Three Associate Editors,” in the May 2017 issue of the journal.

In the editorial, David W. Baker, editor-in-chief, and executive vice president, Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission, and Steven Berman, executive editor, write, “We thank the associate editors for taking on the important role of helping us identify the highest-quality manuscripts possible on the development, adaptation and implementation of innovative concepts, strategies, methodologies, and practices in quality and patient safety.”

Dr. Benn is lecturer in Quality Improvement in Healthcare and director of the master in science degree in Quality and Safety in Healthcare at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. His research interests span a range of health service organization and delivery areas, with a specific focus on quality improvement and patient safety. Dr. Benn teaches on a range of topics, including patient safety theory, quality improvement tools, and methods for improvement research and evaluation.

Dr. O’Leary is a professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. He also serves as chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, associate chair of the Department of Medicine for Quality, and medical director of the General Medicine Inpatient Services for Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His professional activities include leading, teaching and researching quality improvement. Dr. O’Leary has published research in the areas of hospital medicine, medication education, and health care quality and patient safety.

Dr. Stone is centennial professor of Health Policy at the Columbia University School of Nursing, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City. She also is director of the Center for Health Policy at Columbia University. Dr. Stone’s primary area of interest is the intersection of the nurse workforce, quality, patient safety and efficiency. She has published several comparative effectiveness studies and economic evaluations regarding the prevention of health care–associated infections. Her work has informed policy regarding nurse staffing levels in hospitals, as well as in federal and state legislation. 

The May issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety published on April 20, features these studies:

  • Simulation training for parents of children with cancer to improve central-line care
  • Measuring to improve medication reconciliation
  • Creating a Pediatric Joint Council to promote patient safety and quality
  • System changes to implement the Joint Commission Tobacco Treatment performance measures
  • Relationship between state malpractice environment and quality
  • Performance measurement challenges in rural communities


The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (JQPS) is a peer-reviewed journal providing health care professionals with innovative thinking, strategies and practices in improving quality and safety in health care. JQPS is the official journal of The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. Original case studies, program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or the new application of methodologies, research studies, and commentaries on issues and practices are all considered.


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