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Physician Leader Monthly October 2021

From the desk of Ana McKee, MD 

“On Sept. 16, Health Affairs published a blog post, Babies With Syphilis: A Catastrophic Failure Of The US Health Care System. This is a most disappointing and devastating development. In 2020, over 2,000 babies were born with congenital syphilis, a totally preventable infection for newborns. Please read and take action in your organizations.” 

– Dr. Ana McKee, MD, executive vice president, CMO, and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, The Joint Commission. 

In other news … 



Improving Clinician Well-Being to Reduce Burnout: The National Taskforce for Humanity in Healthcare initiated a series of national collaborations and a pilot program that is described in the September 2021 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 

More blogs for docs … 



  • Journal: The October issue highlights a narrative review to identify evidence-based green practices and sustainability strategies to reduce waste in the operating room. 
  • Quick Safety: Non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia is the focus of a recent call to action from national organizations, including The Joint Commission. 
  • Quality Progress editorial: Details Joint Commission’s RPI culture. 



HCA's Dr. Jonathan Perlin named Joint Commission's next president | Becker's Hospital Review 

More media … 



New video: Dr. McKee featured on Modern Healthcare’s The Check Up 

There are a lot of studies showing evidence that populations of color have disproportionately worse health outcomes than white populations. Dr. Ana Pujols McKee, executive vice president, CMO, and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, The Joint Commission, joined The Check Up to discuss ways the industry can and should be addressing health equity. [14:32] 

Also see Modern Healthcare’s Q&A on the video.