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Rebecca Poths

Rebecca L. Poths



  • Over 30 years as a registered nurse in a vast array of clinical settings, including multiple international and domestic facilities
  • Multiple Strategic and Executive Leader positions including: Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
  • Expertise in executive leadership, infection control and epidemiology, medical/surgical nursing

Dr. Becky Poths’ consulting expertise includes 25 years of infection control and epidemiology; strategic/tactical planning; case management for patients being transported internationally; staffing requirement determination for more than 42,000 personnel using human factors engineering; leadership development and education; standards and survey process education and preparation. Dr. Poths has conducted consultations and/or educational programs in the US, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. She was published in the British Journal of Infection Control. Dr. Poths retired from the United States Air Force prior to joining Joint Commission Resources.

Dr. Poths is a Certified Yellow Belt. With this designation, she supports The Joint Commission’s activities associated with establishing and sustaining a Robust Process Improvement® (RPI®) culture. As a Certified Yellow Belt, she is trained in the foundational concepts and tools of problem solving and makes improvements to better meet customer expectations and organization objectives.

Professional Experience

  • Air Force Chief Nursing Officer, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany
  • Associate Director, United States Air Force Nurse Corps, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA
  • Deputy Division Chief, Medical Manpower and Personnel, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA
  • Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Operations, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea
  • Strategic Planning Officer, Elmendorf Air Force Base/Joint Venture Veteran’s Affairs Medical Facility, Anchorage, AK
  • Infection Preventionist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Professional Affiliations or Certifications

  • American Organization of Nurse Leadership
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
  • Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP®)
  • Certified in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC)
  • Certified Medical Surgical Nursing (RN-C)
  • RPI Certified Yellow Belt, The Joint Commission


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Master of Science Health Sciences, Trident University, Cypress, CA, USA
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA