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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Cohort 5 Project Summaries


Jessica Stultz

Jessica Stultz

Director of Clinical Quality





  • Process Improvement
  • Quality and Safety


clinical quality education process improvement

MHA sponsored a selected group of hospital care providers on their journey to earn Green Belts through A3 Healthcare’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program. After an application process, two-person teams from each facility were accepted into the program. The teams completed extensive project deliverables, trainings, coaching calls and application of methodologies by finishing a hospital-based improvement project.

The cohort teams share their projects and pearls of excellence below. Please see the brief recordings to learn more from your colleagues across the state.


CLABSI Reduction

Organizational Reduction of CLABSI To Meet National Benchmark Standards and Reduce Monetary Waste

Team: North Kansas City Hospital — Jenni Kent, Nursing Director, and Julie Johnson, Nursing Director

Reducing CLABSI Infection Rate

Team: Phelps Health — Brandy Parks, Nursing Shift Manager, and Preston Hodapp, Lean/Quality Improvement Specialist

CLABSI Reduction in Oncology Patients

Team: SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital — Michelle Engle, Infection Preventionist, and Stacy Kuykendall, Quality Improvement Coordinator


Hospital-Acquired COVID-19 Reduction

Reducing Hospital-Acquired COVID-19

Team: Salem Memorial District Hospital — Jack Linthicum, Cardiopulmonary Director, and Steve Lake, Utilization Review Coordinator


Sepsis Bundle Improvement

Emergency Department — 3 Hour Sepsis Bundle Process

Team: Boone Health Center — Jose Velarde, Lead Process Improvement Engineer, and Rojina Basnet, Data Quality Analyst

Improving Our Sepsis Bundle Compliance

Team: St. Joseph Medical Center — George Mitchell, Manager of Performance Improvement/Risk Management, and Teresa Collins, Regional Chief Nursing Officer


Clostridium difficile SIR Reduction

Clostridium difficile SIR Reduction via BPA Compliance

Team: Mercy Hospital St. Louis — Patti Warden, Senior Infection Prevention Specialist, and Sara Ottensmeyer, Quality Improvement Specialist


Admission Time Improvement

Admission Time from ED to MedSurg

Team: Mercy Hospital Carthage — Mindi Wilks, Manager – Operations, and April Hansen, Manager – Quality


Urinalysis Utilization Improvement

Appropriate Urinalysis Utilization

Team: Christian Hospital, BJC Healthcare — Cassie Pedersen, Performance Improvement Consultant, and Christina Lorch, Senior Performance Improvement Consultant


Urgent Care Improvement

Urgent Care Throughput

Team: Mercy Hospital Lincoln —  Stacy Veit, Quality Improvement Manager, and Jacob Kliethermes, Executive Director of Nursing

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