Joint Commission names Dr. Ronald Wyatt first ever patient safety officer

As part of The Joint Commission's commitment to promoting a safe and high-quality healthcare, the organization has appointed Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, to the newly created position of patient safety officer.

Previously, Dr. Wyatt served as The Joint Commission's medical director in the Division of Healthcare Improvement, a role he's held since he joined the organization in 2012.

As patient safety officer, Dr. Wyatt is charged with the task of promoting quality improvement and patient safety to internal and external stakeholders and expanding The Joint Commission's role as an influencer in public policy and legislation.

"I am deeply honored to be named The Joint Commission's first patient safety officer," Dr. Wyatt said. "This is an outward sign of our steadfast commitment to the goal of zero harm for all patients, and I look forward to working side-by-side with our accredited organizations to make that goal a reality."



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