HCA (NYSE:HCA) today announced that Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, president, clinical services and chief medical officer, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM), at the organization's 45th annual meeting.

Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.

"Dr. Perlin is a leader in advancing patient safety and driving clinical excellence, not just at HCA but throughout healthcare," said HCA chairman and CEO Milton Johnson. "His election to this esteemed organization is a significant honor for HCA and recognition of Dr. Perlin's contributions to improving patient outcomes."

Dr. Perlin provides leadership for clinical services at 168 HCA-affiliated hospitals. Current activities include advancing electronic health records for learning healthcare, continuous improvement, and identifying opportunities through data science and advanced analytics that lead to better patient outcomes. Under Dr. Perlin's leadership, HCA has participated in landmark research, including the REDUCE MRSA study, which was published in the “New England Journal of Medicine” and identified clinical practices that reduced bloodstream infections including MRSA by 44 percent. Another study conducted at HCA-affiliated hospitals found that babies born electively at 39 weeks are healthier than babies born electively at 37 and 38 weeks and led to renewed focus on preventing early elective deliveries.

"The National Academy of Medicine is the nation's authority on the health sciences, and it has been a privilege to serve as a volunteer member of an IOM Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare," said Dr. Perlin. "I look forward to continuing to contribute to the NAM's critical work in advancing health, care and value."

Dr. Perlin is the 2015 chairman of the American Hospital Association. He also serves as chair of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Special Medical Advisory Group and on the board of Meharry Medical College. He has served previously on numerous boards and commissions, including the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, and the National Patient Safety Foundation. Dr. Perlin was the inaugural chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health IT Standards Committee.

Before joining HCA in 2006, Dr. Perlin led the Veterans Health Administration. He holds adjunct professorships in the Department of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University, and in Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University.

HCA is one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, comprising locally managed facilities that include 168 hospitals and 114 surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Eighty-five percent of HCA's hospitals reporting core measure performance data to The Joint Commission for 2013 are on TJC's current list of “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®”, as compared to 36.9 percent of all TJC-accredited hospitals reporting 2013 data.