Mills to Leave Joint Commission

Posted September 6, 2017

George Mills

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, will be leaving the accreditation organization on Oct. 6 to join JLL, a leading 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 said. “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.”

Mills said his move to JLL will build on the expertise he has developed in healthcare.

“By joining JLL, I will be able to operationalize my teachings and demonstrate to healthcare organizations how to transform from a reactive approach to a proactive solution that benefits patients,” Mills said. “I believe together we can make a difference and show the industry that change is possible.”

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 healthcare 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.

Mills said his greatest success at TJC was in 2012 when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allowed HTM departments to utilize alternative equipment maintenance programs, with some exceptions.

Mills said he’s ready to “strap on the work belt and get back into it.” He said his new job would allow him to put into practice much of what he has preached.

“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.