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Not out to pasture: George Mills stays in the game after leaving Joint Commission

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, January 1, 2018

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'I was frustrated that we haven't been moving the needle much on compliance with these critical areas,' says former engineering director

After announcing his departure from The Joint Commission, a key figure in standards interpretation spoke candidly about his reasons for leaving the healthcare accrediting organization to take a new job with the Chicago-based professional services firm JLL.

George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, who had served as director of engineering since The Joint Commission established its engineering department six years ago, resigned from the post effective October 9, 2017. He had worked for the organization about 14 years in total, counting a two-year stint in the 1990s. But the time had come, he says, to find a more hands-on opportunity to help healthcare organizations manage their facilities effectively.

"This winter, I started reflecting back on the previous dozen years or so," Mills says. "I was frustrated that we haven't been moving the needle much on compliance with these critical areas like ventilation and whatnot. So I became sort of restless, I guess, is the best way to put it, where I started wondering if there was a different venue or a different mechanism that I could get involved in to maybe make a greater impact on healthcare in the physical environment."

 

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