Joint Commission appoints Melinda Lehman as Executive Director of BHC Accreditation Program
The Joint Commission has appointed Melinda Lehman, MBA, as the new executive director of its Behavioral Healthcare and Human Services (BHC) Accreditation 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, most recently as Associate Director of Marketing for the program. 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 BHC Program and is a strong fit for this leadership role,” said 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.
Learn more about BHC Accreditation.