About Us


Judith Atkins


Judith Atkins is a Masters Prepared Nurse with over 20 years experience in health care. Like you, Judi has had many challenges and frustrations in her career. One of the biggest has been Joint Commission compliance. Judi in her own role of Assistant Administrator and Vice President for Clinical Services in Acute Care always inherited the role of Joint Commission Coordinator. She vowed that she would study the habits of Joint Commission Surveyors and develop a system to anticipate the appropriate readiness strategies.

McKenna Consulting was founded in 1989 to share these effective strategies with hospitals across the nation. Judi’s ability to present material in a humorous, dynamic fashion has been a big part of her success as a national speaker and consultant.

McKenna Consulting was founded in 1989 to provide an innovative, dynamic approach to meeting healthcare regulatory requirements.

Our emphasis is always on providing practical information to leadership and staff to make regulatory requirements real and meaningful at the patient level.

We provide excellent information for The Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, and Det Norske Veritas’ National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations, and Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.


Associations who routinely utilize our services to keep them informed about Joint Commission Standards and ongoing changes:

◘  National Association for Medical Staff Services and several of their state chapters.
◘  American Healthcare Radiology Association
◘  Amerinet Central – Regional and National Speaker
◘  American Organization of Nurse Executives – Various State Chapter
◘  West Virginia Medical Institute (QIO for West Virginia) – Patient Safety Forum
◘  Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
◘  Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

American Hospital Association

American Hospital Association’s various state chapters:

◘  West Virginia Hospital Association
◘  Tennessee Hospital Association – Human Resource Chapter
◘  Alabama Hospital Association
◘  Georgia Hospital Association
◘  Pennsylvania Health Information Management
◘  West Virginia Dietetic Association
◘  Pennsylvania Quality Professionals
◘  Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality
◘  Connecticut Hospital Association
◘  Vermont Hospital Association

Customer Base

Our clients include healthcare facilities throughout the world. We serve facilities from all components of healthcare including:

◘  Acute Care Hospitals
◘  Long Term Care Facilities
◘  Home Care and Hospice Programs
◘  Critical Access Hospitals
◘  Ambulatory Sites Associated with Hospitals
◘  Ambulatory Sites – Freestanding
◘  Special Certification Programs i.e. Stroke, Diabetes
◘  Behavioral Programs