White Plains, N.Y. (January 19, 2023) – White Plains Hospital President and CEO Susan Fox has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
The Board of Commissioners is The Joint Commission’s governing body, providing policy leadership and oversight. As an independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 22,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.
“I am honored to have been appointed to the Board of Commissioners for The Joint Commission and was grateful to be nominated by the American Hospital Association as one of their representatives,” Fox said. “It is very special to represent White Plains Hospital and our commitment to quality on the national stage.”
Fox is one of three new board members, whose appointments were effective January 1. Also named to the board were Andrew Dreyfus, former president and chief executive officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Boston, and Eric (Rick) Schlesinger, an advisor to several transformative healthcare organizations; most recently he was a senior partner at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
The Joint Commission Board of Commissioners consists of 21 voting members, including physicians, administrators, nurses, employers, quality and innovation experts, and educators.
“We are thrilled to welcome Andrew, Susan and Rick to The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners,” said Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, MACP, FACMI, president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission in a press release. “I am confident their unique leadership experience in healthcare will bring fresh perspectives and skills to the board. I look forward to working with the new board members as The Joint Commission continues to make strides in addressing our strategic priority areas – health equity, environmental sustainability and workforce. Together, we can help improve health, care and value.”
Beginning her career as a pediatric intensive care nurse, Susan Fox has held various strategic and operational positions throughout her career including as a healthcare consultant for Ernst & Young and managing the physician enterprise for a large health system, before joining White Plains Hospital. After serving in several executive leadership roles at the Hospital, Fox was named chief executive officer in 2015. She has more than 35 years of progressive and diverse accomplishments in health system management and holds leadership roles in several professional organizations, including as the Chair of the Board of the Westchester County Association.
About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 22,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
About White Plains Hospital
White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer Care, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, with more than 64,000 patient visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, New Rochelle, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale.
The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2019, 2015 and 2013. The Hospital received Magnet® designation in 2021, 2016 and 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Achievement Award for its treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks in its Emergency Department and Cardiac Catheterization labs and its mortality rate is amongst the lowest in the country according to the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). The Hospital earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), one of 16 hospitals in the nation, and the Hospital’s Bariatric Surgical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). White Plains Hospital has also received full accreditation for its breast cancer program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized White Plains Hospital as a top 10% performing hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. In 2021, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades® for the sixth time, and in 2022 became the only Hospital in Westchester to be awarded with an A Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group for the 8th consecutive time.