People on the Move – CARF International names Annette Watson managing director

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Healthcare industry leader brings accreditor three decades of experience

Tucson, AZ “” February 5, 2008 “” Annette C. Watson, RN-BC, CCM, M.B.A., has joined CARF International as its managing director of emerging business. She is based in the health and human services accreditor’s Washington, D.C., office.

In announcing the appointment, Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., CARF International president and CEO, said, “Annette Watson is a widely respected leader in healthcare accreditation, quality, and patient safety. I have confidence in her intelligence and vision as CARF explores new markets to extend quality services. Her knowledge and experience, in addition to her strong support of our quality and consumer-centered mission, will be a tremendous asset.”

Watson brings three decades of senior leadership and operational experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare quality and managed care sectors. Her appointment to CARF follows her six-year tenure at URAC, an accreditor of healthcare organizations, where she held senior leadership positions, most recently as its chief accreditation officer, vice president, and general manager of client services.

“I am inspired by the mission of this organization and its central commitment to enhancing the lives of persons served,” Watson said. “This unique focus differentiates CARF International as an accreditation organization. I look forward to working with Dr. Boon and the entire CARF International team to contribute to its continued success.”

Watson is a board-certified registered nurse and a certified case manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New England College and an M.B.A. from Franklin Pierce College. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Commission for Case Management Certification (CCMC), the Advisory Board of the Women Business Leaders in Health Care Foundation (WBL), and the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) Standards of Practice Committee. She can be contacted at [email protected].

Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers in the areas of aging services, behavioral health, child and youth services, DMEPOS, employment and community services, medical rehabilitation, and opioid treatment programs. The CARF family of organizations currently accredits more than 5,000 providers at more than 18,000 locations in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and South America. More than 6.5 million persons of all ages are served annually by CARF-accredited providers.

CARF Canada was launched in 2002 as a private, not-for-profit organization serving Canadian providers.

The Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC), based in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1985 as the nation’s only accreditor of continuing care retirement communities and aging services networks. CARF acquired CCAC in 2003.

For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at, the CARF Canada portal at, and the CARF—CCAC portal at

CARF International offices are located at 4891 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712, toll free (888) 281-6531. CARF Canada is located at 10665 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1400A, Edmonton, AB T5J 3S9, Canada, toll free (877) 434-5444. CARF—CCAC is located at 1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 209, Washington, DC 20036, toll free (866) 888-1122.

The CARF family of organizations is committed to providing equal opportunity in all its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital status, gender identity, religion, and familial and/or any other status protected by law. CARF promotes the full realization of this policy through its employment practices.

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