IEHA Promotes Oz and Roizen Book, YOU: The Smart Patient

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The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) will promote the healthcare guide, YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment, by Dr.'s Roizen and Oz, to both trade and consumer audiences in 2009-2010.

Since properly educated patients are safer patients, the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) will promote the healthcare guide, YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment, by Dr.'s Roizen and Oz, to both trade and consumer audiences in 2009-2010.

With the success of The New York Times Bestsellers, YOU: On a Diet, YOU: The Owner's Manual, YOU: Staying Young and YOU: Being Beautiful, Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. (a regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show) authored YOU: The Smart Patient, in conjunction with The Joint Commission, the nation's largest accreditor of healthcare organizations. The authors teamed with The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources (JCR)--the not-for-profit publishing, consulting and educational affiliate of The Joint Commission--to develop the book.

YOU: The Smart Patient urges patients to get involved in their healthcare. The book gives patients clear, definitive information on topics such as creating a health profile, choosing doctors, preparing for a hospital stay, and avoiding medication errors. YOU: The Smart Patient also discusses the role of The Joint Commission, as well as the importance of Joint Commission accreditation, along with its National Patient Safety Goals, the Speak Up™ Campaign, Quality Check™, the Universal Protocol and other tools focused on improving patient safety and the quality of care. It offers key advice about where patients can go for healthcare when traveling abroad, and the importance of looking for The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval when choosing a healthcare organization.

The book--published by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.--mixes humor and illustrations to provide concrete guidance to patients in safely navigating the healthcare system.

According to Beth Risinger, CEO/Executive Director of IEHA: "Every consumer should read this easy-to-digest guide before they or their loved ones enter a healthcare facility. Being well-informed means being well-prepared and this book prepares both professionals in the healthcare sector and the average patient about what to expect and how to optimize the health and safety of a hospital stay."

"YOU: The Smart Patient encourages patients to be active members of the healthcare team and identifies steps to take to obtain the most effective and safe treatment possible," says Karen H. Timmons, President and CEO, Joint Commission Resources. "JCR appreciates the IEHA's support and help in spreading the word about this indispensable patient guide."

IEHA will offer copies of the Roizen and Oz book, YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment, to its membership and the public through its Web site at IEHA's partner, The Housekeeping Channel (HC) will provide free promotion for the book, as will The Healthy House Institute (HHI) In related efforts, IEHA and HC recently authored the mini-book, Infection Control for Dummies (Wiley) and The Housekeeping Channel published the IEHA article, "How to Find a Clean and Healthy Hospital."

"IEHA supports The Joint Commission's mission to help the public find safe, clean healthcare facilities," says Risinger. "Our members within the healthcare field are advocates for Joint Commission accreditation and are dedicated to the mission of providing a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment. Promoting this unique and helpful book is an extension of that mission."

About IEHA

The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) is a 3,500-plus professional member organization for persons employed in facility housekeeping at the management level. The organization was founded in 1930 in New York City, and is now located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of the State's capitol, Columbus. Executive Housekeepers are managers who direct housekeeping programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. They supervise staffs ranging from a few to several hundred people and handle budgets from a few thousand dollars to millions. IEHA provides members with an array of channels through which they can achieve personal and professional growth. Some are: leadership opportunities; resource materials; certification; employment referral service; a Technical Question Hotline (1-800-200-6342); networking; an annual convention and trade show, including several educational sessions; and a monthly trade publication, Executive Housekeeping Today. Please contact IEHA's Association office at (800) 200-6342 for more details, or go to

About The Joint Commission

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission's mission is to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Visit


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