The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of Jennifer F. Rhamy, MBA, MA, MT (ASCP), SBB, HP as executive director of the Laboratory Accreditation Program.

Rhamy, a veteran health care professional with experience in both hospitals and blood centers, has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of hospital-based and freestanding clinical laboratories. Most recently, Rhamy worked as a blood center consultant and served as vice president of Laboratory Services for the Indiana Blood Center in Indianapolis for eight years. She served on the Board of Directors of the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) and has led multiple committees for America’s Blood Centers and AABB. She was president of Indiana State Association of Blood Banks and the South Central Association of Blood Banks.

Rhamy holds a certificate in Lean Six Sigma and earned a master of arts in Language and Communication from Regis University, Denver, Colorado and an MBA from Colorado State University. She earned a bachelor of science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Arizona, Tucson and is registered as a medical technologist, a specialist in blood banking and a hemapheresis practitioner by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

"Jennifer’s vast experience in the field gives her a clear understanding of the challenges clinical laboratories face in delivering reliable, quality services," says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. "Her knowledge will guide The Joint Commission’s efforts to strengthen service to Laboratory Accreditation Program customers."

The Joint Commission’s Laboratory Accreditation Program was launched in 1979. Today, the program accredits nearly 2,000 organizations that offer laboratory services. By achieving accreditation, a health care organization makes a commitment to comply with The Joint Commission’s standards, which serve as a framework for providing safe, quality care.  Health care organizations undergo an onsite, independent assessment of their compliance with these standards.

More information about laboratory accreditation is available online.

Source: The Joint Commission