After nearly 13 years as the director of engineering at The Joint Commission (TJC), George Mills, a familiar and widely respected figure in the healthcare technology management (HTM) community, left the accreditation organization on October 6 to join JLL, a professional services firm.
“I fought some good fights, wrote some good papers, did some good presentations, and was privileged to work with the industry’s leaders,” Mills told AAMI. “I feel satisfied with a lot of the things I’ve accomplished, and I feel like it’s the right time for me to make a career change.”
As director of healthcare technical operations, Mills will oversee teams focused on quality and compliance, plant operations and facility management, safety, supply chain management, healthcare project and development services, and energy and sustainability.
“This is an exciting opportunity to get out and work hands-on with the field,” Mills said. “JLL is a solid company with a lot of resources behind them, and being in charge of operations, it’s up to me to figure out how to best orchestrate them. They have a lot of the pieces, and they’ve asked me to help bring the program to the next level.”
Throughout his 32-year career in the health care industry, Mills has worked to make patient environments safer and healthier. His presentations at the AAMI Annual Conference & Expo have routinely drawn standing-room-only crowds, and his “Ask George” column in AAMI’s journal BI&T was a popular feature.
“I’ve been teaching the intent of The Joint Commission standards for 12 years, and by managing facilities and HTM contracts and staff, I get a chance to put the tires on the car and drive it down the street,” he said. “This is an opportunity to really show the industry that we can be compliant with the expectations of The Joint Commission, and when we are, patient safety and the patient care environment improve.”
Mills will continue to serve as a member of AAMI’s Board of Directors.
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