SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rebecca J. Patchin, MD has been named the Chair of The Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission effective January 1, 2013. Dr. Patchin has served on the Board since 2007 as a corporate member appointed by the American Medical Association. Dr. Patchin is an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist in Loma Linda, CA. She is also assistant professor of anesthesiology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, from which she received her medical degree in 1989, and serves on the medical staff of Loma Linda University Medical Center. Active in organized medicine, Dr. Patchin has been a member of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, 2003-2011, serving as chair in 2009–2010. She has been a director of both the California Medical Association and the California Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Patchin has served as a director of NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company since 2011.
Scott Diener, CEO of NORCAL Mutual, said, “We are very pleased that Dr. Patchin has been entrusted with this leadership role for The Joint Commission. We have first-hand experience with her vision, leadership and passion for quality health care. She firmly advocates for doctors and their central role in healing patients.”
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Its mission is to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Board of Commissioners is The Joint Commission’s governing body, providing policy leadership and oversight.
The NORCAL Group of Companies
NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company, PMSLIC Insurance Company and Medicus Insurance Company, members of the NORCAL Group of companies, are medical professional liability insurers providing protection to more than 28,000 physicians, healthcare extenders, medical groups, hospitals, community clinics and allied healthcare facilities in the nation. The companies share a group rating of “A” (Excellent-Stable) by A.M. Best for their financial strength and stability.
NORCAL Mutual is based in San Francisco, CA, and operates in California, Alaska and Rhode Island. PMSLIC is based in Mechanicsburg, PA, and operates in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Medicus is headquartered in Austin, TX, and is licensed to sell medical professional liability insurance in 37 states across the nation.