Health Systems, is still in the early stages, says Archer Rose, who has been named chairman of the new entity's board.
"We plan to do pilot surveys this fall, and we'll be working with hospitals to fine-tune our standards and processes," says Rose, a past chairman of the Georgia Hospital Association.
"We plan to begin accrediting hospitals in 2013."
The program was designed for urban and rural hospitals with fewer than 200 beds, says Rose
, adding that some of those smaller hospitals have had trouble seeking and maintaining accreditation.