The New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) congratulates the recent graduates of the LEAN Healthcare Certificate program, a comprehensive continuous improvement course for healthcare professionals, hosted by the NHHA in partnership with Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, and conducted by GBMP, a leading resource for Continuous Improvement education and facilitation. 

The LEAN Training in Healthcare Certificate program graduated 21 recipients from hospitals across the state of New Hampshire, who completed the comprehensive 8-day course where they learned best practices to address the challenges facing healthcare professionals.  The LEAN Training program, held over 8 weeks, is structured where the content is delivered in a combination of classroom and tacit learning (learn-by-doing), so that participants learn the critical steps they can take to assure dramatic, continuing improvements.   

Completing the certificate program were Anastasia Luby, Catholic Medical Center; Anita Ritenour, MD, Elliot Hospital; Ashlie Kelleher, Parkland Medical Center; Carrie Levesque, Monadnock Community Hospital; Denise Schepis, LRGHealthcare; Jamie LaRoche, LRGHealthcare; Janet Reagan, Elliot Hospital; Jennifer Turransky, Catholic Medical Center; Julie Hatley, Littleton Regional Healthcare; Keith Lueras, Catholic Medical Center; Kelly Hussey, Cottage Hospital; Kera Favorite, Huggins Hospital; Kim Slattery, LRGHealthcare; Kristen Schieman, Littleton Regional Healthcare; Linda Higgins, Monadnock Community Hospital; Martha Leighton, Elliot Hospital; Megan Varhegyi, Huggins Hospital; Melissa Brown, Catholic Medical Center; Michele Stone, Monadnock Community Hospital; Pamela Bedford, Elliot Hospital; and Rebecca Marden, Elliot Hospital.

"We applaud the efforts of these individuals from across the state on achieving this LEAN Certificate, as well as their commitment as healthcare leaders to improve care and reduce costs at their local institutions," stated Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association.

The learn-by-doing method prepares students to return to their own workplace with the confidence to implement continuous improvement methodologies.  The program provides participants from hospitals across the state with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of continuous improvement in a classroom setting, and then as teams, apply the principles and tools in an actual healthcare process to create positive change within their own healthcare organizations.