August 2004

Mercy in Des Moines Celebrates Achievement of Six Sigma Black and Green Belts

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Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa, recently held a celebration for its Six Sigma "black belts" and "green belts." The celebration recognized their completion of DMAIC training (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control), which represents the performance improvement model Mercy is implementing organization-wide. For more information, contact Gregg Lagan of Mercy at

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Mercy Medical Center's Six Sigma black and green belts include: (Row 1, seated, left to right) Jean Tingwald, Keith Wachter, Roxanne Ruden, Kathryn Meyer, Mike Rohlf, Julie Weldon; (Row 2, standing, left to right) David Vellinga, Kelly Walker, Peg O'Connor, Monica Gordon, Tina Collins, Sandy Hall, Kayla Negrete, Charles Adams; (Row 3, standing, left to right) Jeff Steinke, Karen Gamerdinger, Dan Varnum, Gary Kimberlin, Ed Ward, Jeff Jutting, Karen Kinsey, Meredith Christianson, Larry Schumacher.