PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) Program, the leading healthcare accreditation program designed for healthcare organizations seeking to elevate quality, patient experience and operational excellence provided to medical travel, medical tourism and/or international patients, has appointed Karen Timmons as its new Chief Executive Officer. Timmons brings more than 30 years of healthcare industry and leadership experience ranging from entrepreneurial to globally recognized organizations, including Joint Commission International, an organization recognized by most as the gold standard for quality and safety for hospital accreditation.
"It is an honor to join and lead the Global Healthcare Accreditation Program and I'm thrilled to be part of an organization that is responsive to the evolving needs of healthcare organizations, patients, employers, insurers, regulators and other stakeholders as they adapt to changing environments with fewer resources and more demands for access to care. GHA represents an innovative approach towards the importance of achieving medical travel accreditation while focusing specifically on operational excellence and the patient experience, a business strategy that will impact organizations across all services provided," said Mrs. Timmons. "GHA is at an important stage and is prepared to expand its global footprint. I look forward to applying my years of experience in the industry to lead this program and create a new trajectory for global healthcare and medical travel by focusing on the Medical Travel cycle, a unique feature of GHA's program. No other accreditation program analyzes or recommends the scale of exemplar practices and operational solutions that GHA has in place to assist organizations serving the medical traveler and /or international patient. This is an exciting program for healthcare organizations around the world as well as for those patients who travel for medical care."
Karen Timmons brings exceptional expertise and perspective on the global healthcare industry having served in executive leadership positions within the Joint Commission, Joint Commission International, and Det Norske Veritas (DNV), as well as serving as Chair of the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center for Patient Safety Solutions and Chair of ISQua's Accreditation Council. She is globally recognized for her interest in developing and building value solutions for sustainable quality improvement, patient safety and patient centered initiatives. The appointment of CEO represents a strategic commitment to drive additional expertise and growth strategies into the GHA Program in order to meet the demands of the medical travel, medical tourism and international patient services industries.
Currently, 50 organizations have achieved Global Healthcare Accreditation through the GHA program to enhance their health tourism and medical travel programs. This number is projected to increase specifically in developed markets as the industry-recognized accreditation signifies a healthcare organization's superior commitment to patient care and engagement, ethical practices, and keen business strategies.
Mary Miller Sallah
SOURCE Global Healthcare Accreditation