Conference Sessions Friday Keynote & Awards Dinner
Herman McKenzie is currently a Director in the Standards Interpretation Group at The Joint Commission. In this role, he manages all activities associated with the daily operations of the Physical Environment Department, provides standards interpretation and education to Joint Commission Surveyors and accredited organizations, reviews equivalency requests and survey reports, conducts surveys and Intracycle Monitoring conference calls, serves as faculty for educational programs, and is a speaker for national, regional, state, and local audiences.
Mr. McKenzie has over 30 years of health care experience having held managerial and director-level roles in Clinical Engineering, Plant Operations and Facilities Services throughout the Chicagoland area. Previously, he was a part of the team that opened the first new hospital in Illinois in over 25 years.
Mr. McKenzie is a certified healthcare safety professional (CHSP), and is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Healthcare Engineers Society of Northern Illinois (HESNI) serving as president from 2013 – 2014. Mr. McKenzie has also been selected as Board Director for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).
Mr. McKenzie earned his Master of Business Administration from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. Mr. McKenzie is a Certified Yellow Belt. With this designation, he supports The Joint Commission’s activities associated with establishing and sustaining a Robust Process Improvement® (RPI®) culture. As a Certified Yellow Belt, he is trained in the foundational concepts and tools of problem solving and makes improvements to better meet customer expectations and organization objectives.