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NQF Chief to Step Down

March 1, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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 The National Quality Forum (NQF), a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization, has announced through its Board of Directors that President and CEO Janet Corrigan has submitted her resignation, effective late June 2012.  Corrigan has served as NQF’s President and CEO for more than six years.

William Roper, MD, MPH, Dean of University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, Chief Executive Officer of UNC Health Care System and Chair of the NQF Board of Directors released this statement on behalf of the NQF Board:

 “Janet’s leadership of NQF has been a lesson in vision, determination, impact, and humility.  During her tenure as CEO, NQF has made substantial contributions in advancing healthcare quality.  Originally constituted around serving as a national voluntary consensus standard-setting organization, which remains its core foundational activity, NQF’s charge now includes a deeper and broader set of activities designed to help improve the quality and value of American healthcare more rapidly.  She played a pivotal role in our collective, successful effort to establish a multi-stakeholder consultative process as part of HHS rule-making – ensuring that rules are informed upstream by all stakeholders impacted by their decisions.  The National Priorities Partnership and Measure Applications Partnership are both testaments to our belief in the true transformative power of collective public-private sector focus, alignment, and action.  Aspiring to ensure measurement can flourish in a 21st century healthcare system, Janet also led NQF to enter the important but less traveled road of measurement powered by health information technology.

Corrigan plans to spend time with family and travel abroad, before embarking on any new professional opportunities.  She says working with “NQF leadership, our dedicated members, our scores of volunteer experts, and our committed partners at HHS” have accelerated the critical work of achieving a healthcare system that provides safer, better, and more affordable care.

“I am eternally grateful for this experience to steer NQF during an unprecedented time of change in healthcare.  Sustained, systemic change that benefits patients is within our reach.  The strength of the NQF Board of Directors and executive team, coupled with our organizational stability and future possibility to meet our mission gives me the confidence to take the leap to my next chapter in life,” Corrigan says.

The NQF Board of Directors has created a search committee to immediately launch a national search for a new President and CEO.  John Tooker, MD, MBA, MACP, CEO Emeritus, American College of Physicians will lead the search committee.  More details will be available on the NQF website.



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