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CARF Board of Directors elects Cathy Ellis to second term as board chair

December 22, 2009 -- Tucson, Arizona -- The CARF Board of Directors reelected Cathy Ellis, PT, to serve a second one-year term as board chair beginning January 1, 2010. The election was held at the board's November 6, 2009, meeting in Tucson.

"CARF accreditation standards are developed in partnership with providers and stakeholders in the field of human services. Consumers consider CARF accreditation as the stamp of quality in human services. A CARF-accredited program has earned the seal of quality because it has already demonstrated quality results and is continually improving its results," Ellis said. "I am proud of the significant contribution CARF makes internationally to business quality, service, and outcomes management, and I am honored to chair the CARF Board of Directors for 2010."

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, forerunner of the CARF Board of Directors, from 2000 through 2005.

During Ellis's first term as board chair in 2009, CARF developed two new sets of standards, which will be introduced in early 2010. Also in 2009, URAC and CARF jointly announced a new survey tool for healthcare case management. CARF's uSPEQ consumer experience survey's qualitative and quantitative analyses were validated. Growth in CARF's Child and Youth Services customer service unit prompted the hiring of the unit's first managing director. In Canada, CARF accreditation was recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and by the Alberta Ministry of Health and Wellness. Overseas, CARF accreditation was extended to service providers in Bermuda and Singapore; CARF accreditation is now present in 15 countries.

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. Before joining the NRH in 1985, she was in practice for eight years at George Washington University Hospital.

Ellis has represented the American Physical Therapy Association on many committees working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She is currently appointed as a clinical instructor in health care sciences on the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and serves on the advisory board of the physical therapy program at Marymount University.

In addition to Ellis, members of the CARF Board of Directors include:

  • Kevin C. Baack, Ph.D., executive director, retired, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Portland, Maine
  • Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC, director, Employment and Disability Institute, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Thomas J. Buckley, Ed.D., executive director, Lucanus Developmental Center, Inc., Hollywood, Florida
  • Richard Forkosh, president, UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) Easter Seals Heartland, Manchester, Missouri
  • Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D., CRC, senior training associate, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Kayda Johnson, chief operating officer, Senior Resource Group, Solana Beach, California
  • 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

Bruyère, chair of the CARF Board of Directors in 2008, will continue to serve as past chair during 2010.

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

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12/22/2009 12:05:00 AM

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