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The Joint Commission appoints 3 new members to Board of Commissioners

Monday, January 9, 2023

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(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois, January 9, 2023) – The Joint Commission has appointed three new members to its Board of Commissioners, beginning Jan. 1, 2023. The Board of Commissioners is The Joint Commission’s governing body, providing policy leadership and oversight.  

Incoming members of the Board of Commissioners include: 

Andrew Dreyfus, former president and chief executive officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), Boston

Dreyfus was elected by the board as a public member. While under his executive leadership, BCBSMA has been an innovator on payment models, quality improvement, mental health and health equity. Dreyfus joined BCBSMA in 2005 as executive vice president of Health Care Services, where he led the creation of the Alternative Quality Contract, one of the largest and most successful commercial payment reform programs in the nation. Prior to BCBSMA, Dreyfus held numerous senior health and regulatory positions in the Massachusetts state government. 

Over the last two decades, Dreyfus led the creation of several collaborative health organizations in Massachusetts, including the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors and the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care. He also serves on several other boards and advisory boards.

Susan Fox, president and chief executive officer, White Plains Hospital, New York 

Fox was appointed by The Joint Commission’s Corporate Member, the American Hospital Association (AHA). Beginning her career as a pediatric intensive care nurse, Fox has held various strategic and operational positions throughout her career including as a healthcare consultant for Ernst & Young and managing the physician enterprise for a large health system, before joining White Plains Hospital. 

After serving in several executive leadership roles at the hospital, Fox was named chief executive officer in 2015. Under her leadership, hospital revenues have grown four-fold through a focus on quality and expanding access to services through the development of a physician and ambulatory network, as well as bringing advanced clinical services to the community. There also has been more than one million square feet added or renovated across the organization under her direction. Fox has more than 35 years of progressive and diverse accomplishments in health system management and holds leadership roles in several professional organizations and community business groups. 

Eric (Rick) Schlesinger, advisor to several transformative healthcare organizations
Schlesinger was elected by the board as a public member. He has spent the past 35 years in the healthcare field and currently works with several entrepreneurial healthcare organizations that focus on improving performance. For 20 years, Schlesinger was a partner and senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he advised large health systems and health plans on strategy, business performance, growth, quality and organization. 

Prior to McKinsey & Company, Schlesinger was the chief marketing officer and ran the managed care (provider-facing) operations for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, New York. He serves on several other boards and advisory boards, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles and the Healthcare Advisory Board for Harvard Business School. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Andrew, Susan and Rick to The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners,” says Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, MACP, FACMI, president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “I am confident their unique leadership experience in healthcare will bring fresh perspectives and skills to the board. I look forward to working with the new board members as The Joint Commission continues to make strides in addressing our strategic priority areas – health equity, environmental sustainability and workforce. Together, we can help improve health, care and value.”  

The Joint Commission Board of Commissioners consists of 21 voting members, including physicians, administrators, nurses, employers, quality and innovation experts, and educators. The board includes representatives from each of The Joint Commission’s founding Corporate Members: the AHA, American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Physicians (ACP), American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Dental Association (ADA). In addition, there are seven public/at-large members and, as an ex-officio member, The Joint Commission president and chief executive officer. 


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