Setting the standard

Setting the standard

Jax professor takes leadership position with The Joint Commission

Yvette McCarter, Ph.D., has a major influence on the adoption of certain national health standards.

McCarter, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, was recently elected vice chair of The Joint Commission’s Laboratory Professional and Technical Advisory Committee, or PTAC.

The Laboratory PTAC is one of six professional and technical advisory committees that assist in the development and refinement of standards established by The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health-related organizations and programs in the United States.

“As vice chair of the Laboratory PTAC, I will interact with chairs and vice chairs of all six PTACs to discuss, share perspectives, and build consensus on recommendations concerning the standards. We will also survey process issues and policy issues,” McCarter said.

In her role as vice chair of the Laboratory PTAC, she will review and update Joint Commission standards for 2015. Her term as vice president will last two years.

“I am excited to begin this new role with the Laboratory PTAC,” McCarter said. “My goal as vice chair is to work with chairs and vice chairs of all six PTACs and provide the laboratory’s perspective in the development of new standards.” — Jesef Williams