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CARF Board of Directors reelects Cathy Ellis as board chair

Risk management and insurance leader elected to board seat 

February 3, 2011, Tucson, Arizona -- The CARF Board of Directors reelected Cathy Ellis, PT, to serve a third consecutive one-year term as board chair beginning January 1, 2011.

The board provides governance of CARF International, a nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.

At the board's December meeting, Robert H. Short, president of Pinnacle Risk Management Services Company, in Salt Lake City, Utah, was also elected to a seat on the board. He will serve a three-year term beginning January 1. Short brings more than 30 years of experience in the insurance claims field to the board.

"CARF accreditation is the hallmark of quality for businesses in health and human services," Ellis said. "In today's rapidly changing human services environment, excellence can only be achieved by constant innovation that is focused on quality and remains relevant to stakeholders.

"Looking forward, quality must be measured and publicly reported. At the same time, the growth of costs must be slowed. Achieving excellence demands a practical method for continuous improvement that seamlessly integrates all organizational functions and engages the input of all stakeholders."

Ellis was seated on the CARF Board of Directors in 2006 and was elected chair for 2009. She previously served on the CARF Board of Trustees, a forerunner of the CARF Board of Directors, from 2000 through 2005.

Ellis is the assistant vice president of clinical services and the clinical director of the spinal cord program at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, D.C.

As a physical therapist, Ellis has provided clinical care, management, education, and program direction in national and international medical rehabilitation and educational settings.

Ellis has represented the American Physical Therapy Association on many committees working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She currently serves on the advisory board of the physical therapy program at Marymount University and on the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association CMS quality measures committee.

"Advancement of quality in human services is founded largely on CARF's unique peer review accreditation model, including its consultative survey, conformance rigor, and evolving, field-driven standards," Ellis said. "CARF's ASPIRE to Excellence® business quality framework serves as the blueprint for organizational success. The ASPIRE standards provide a logical, action-oriented approach to ensure that the organizational purpose, planning, and activities result in desired outcomes."

During Ellis' term as board chair in 2010, CARF began accrediting Home and Community Services in the aging services, behavioral health, CARF-CCAC, child and youth services, employment and community services, and medical rehabilitation accreditation areas. The first CARF accreditations were awarded in South Africa and Saudi Arabia. 

Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC, chair of the CARF Board of Directors in 2008, will continue to serve as past chair during 2011. She is director of the Employment and Disability Institute, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York.

In addition to Ellis, Bruyère, and Short, members of the CARF Board of Directors in 2011 are:

  • Thomas J. Buckley, Ed.D., executive director, Lucanus Developmental Center, Inc., Hollywood, Florida
  • Richard Forkosh, president, UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) Heartland, Manchester, Missouri
  • Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D., CRC, senior training associate, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Marvin Mashner, president and chief executive officer, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc., West Point, Pennsylvania
  • James T. McDeavitt, m.d., senior vice president, Education & Research, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Paul Nathenson, M.P.A., vice president, corporate planning and long term care, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • D. Sharon Osborne, president/CEO, Children's Home Society of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • Herb Zaretsky, Ph.D., clinical professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Rusk Institute, New York University School of Medicine, New York City, New York

Retiring from the board at the end of the 2010, when their board terms expired, are:

  • Kevin C. Baack, Ph.D., executive director, retired, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Portland, Maine
  • Kayda Johnson, chief operating officer, Senior Resource Group, Solana Beach, California

"CARF has been fortunate that Dr. Baack and Ms. Johnson so generously contributed their wisdom and expertise to serve on the CARF board for many years," Ellis said. "Their dedication to CARF and the provision of quality services have greatly benefitted individuals served by CARF-accredited organizations."

Serving in diverse health and human service fields, members of the CARF Board of  Directors bring unique and valuable experience to their governance roles.

"The board remains diligent in governance of CARF International and focused on the moral owners of our organization, the persons served in health and human services," Ellis said. "In this challenging environment, I am honored to serve as chair of the board."


2/3/2011 12:05:00 AM

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