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The Joint Commission names Jane Englebright HCA Healthcare as Board of Commissioners chair

New vice chair, six new board members also confirmed Wednesday, December 16 2020

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(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois, December162020) – Jane Englebright, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN, has been named chair of the Joint Commission Board of Commissioners, effective Jan. 1, 2021.


As board chair, Dr. Englebright will lead the board by providing fiduciary oversight and strategic direction to aid in The Joint Commission’s mission to continuously improve health care. Dr. Englebright will also oversee activities of the Board and its Executive Committee. In addition, Dr. Englebright will begin her term as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare in 2021.


Dr. Englebright is currently chief nurse executive and senior vice president, HCA Healthcare, providing executive nurse leadership to HCA Healthcare’s more than 2,000 sites of care, including 18hospitals in 21 states and the United Kingdom. Dr. Englebright has been a member of the Joint Commission Board of Commissioners since 2014, first as nursing at large commissioner and most recently as vice chair. 


In addition, Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon), FRCS (Hon), FRSCEd (Hon), FWACS (Hon), has been named vice chair of the Board of CommissionersDr. Pellegrini is currently professor and chair emeritus, Department of Surgery, University of Washington, and brings experience as past president of the American College of Surgeons and the American Surgical Association.


Dr. Pellegrini has been a member of the Joint Commission Board of Commissioners since 2015 and a member of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. Board of Directors since 2019. As vice chair, Dr. Pellegrini will also provide board leadership in ensuring appropriate fiduciary oversight, robust strategic planning and support of goals to reach zero harm in health care.


The Joint Commission also welcomes six new commissioners to the Board, including four new members appointed by The Joint Commission’s Corporate Members and two public/at-large members


The commissioners appointed by The Joint Commission’s Corporate Members include: 


  • Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN,  president and chief executive officerThe Queen's Health Systems, Honolulu

  • Lenworth M. Jacobs, MD, MPH, DSc (Hon), FACS, FWACS (Hon), trauma surgeon, Hartford Hospital, professor of surgery and professor of traumatology and emergency medicine, University of Connecticut, Mansfield, Connecticut

  • Willie Underwood, III, MD, MSci, MPH, co-founder, KAPS Biotechnology, LLCBuffalo, New York, and founder, WILL U Enterprises, LLC, Buffalo, New York

  • Marvin James Strohschein, Jr., DDS, chief dental officer, My Community Dental Centers, Petoskey, Michigan


The new public/at-large members include: 

  • Ana L. English, MBA, president and chief executive officer, the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), Denver

  • Christopher A. Hart, JD, MSE, chair, Joint Authorities Technical Review, chair, Washington Metrorail Safety Commission and founder, Hart Solutions LLC, Washington, D.C.


“I look forward to working closely with our new chair, vice chair and board members as we navigate The Joint Commission’s continuous response to the growing crisis presented by COVID-19,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH. “I’m confident their combined decades of experience and fresh perspectives will help us support our accredited organizations and put them on a path closer to reaching zero harm.” 


The Joint Commission Board of Commissioners consists of 21 voting members, including Dr. Chassin, physicians, administrators, nurses, employers, quality experts and educatorsOrganizations appointing Corporate Members this term include the American College of Surgeons, the American Dental Association, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association.




About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at



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