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The Joint Commission Appoints Melinda Lehman as Executive Director of Behavioral Healthcare and Human Services Program

Thursday, March 9, 2023

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(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois, March 9, 2023) – The Joint Commission has appointed Melinda Lehman, MBA, as the new executive director of its Behavioral Healthcare and Human Services (BHC) Program. Lehman is a healthcare executive with more than 25 years of experience in business development and marketing.

As executive director, Lehman will be responsible for developing and executing strategic business plans to expand the BHC Program, including driving product development to meet the needs of current and prospective customers. Additionally, Lehman will oversee marketing strategies and support the development of BHC standards, education programs and other accreditation-related resources.

Previously, Lehman spent 15 years in The Joint Commission’s Marketing Department. During that time, she contributed to the BHC Program doubling in size from approximately 1,800 accredited organizations to nearly 4,000. Prior to The Joint Commission, Lehman worked in pharmaceutical sales and at several healthcare advertising and marketing agencies in Chicago.

“Melinda has proven experience in growing The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Healthcare and Human Services Program and is a strong fit for this leadership role,” says Brian Enochs, JD, executive vice president, Business Development and Marketing. “As the demand for behavioral healthcare services continue to increase, I look forward to Melinda’s expertise in identifying new opportunities to grow, while also continuing to focus on patient safety and quality improvement for individuals served.”

Lehman graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She also received her Master of Business Administration from DePaul University, Chicago. She is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Launched in 1969, The Joint Commission began accrediting healthcare organizations with programs/services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program expanded in 1972 to include organizations providing mental health and addiction services. To learn more, please visit The Joint Commission website.


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Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare 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 healthcare 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 healthcare. Learn more about The Joint Commission at



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