December 30, 2010
Carla Campbell, RN, Lorri Deplazes, RN, and Gail Gibson, RN, recently received certification as Six Sigma Black Belts from the American Society for Quality. To obtain this certification, individuals must understand and be able to implement philosophies and principles, including supporting systems and tools in a variety of business situations. As Black Belts, the three women manage team dynamics in all aspects of the DMAIC model for quality (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control), understand and teach LEAN enterprise concepts, and use appropriate tools to identify non-value-added activities. Six Sigma and LEAN processes are underway at St. James Healthcare to continually enhance the quality of care and the overall patient experience.
Campbell, who has been with St. James Healthcare for 29 years, is a registered nurse. She holds a Bachelor degree in nursing from MSU – Northern and is currently working toward a Master degree from MSU – Bozeman. In addition to her Six Sigma duties, she is part of the performance excellence team. Previously, she worked as a registered nurse in the emergency and endoscopy departments.
Deplazes, who has been with St. James Healthcare for 20 years, holds a degree in nursing from Northern Montana College. Deplazes worked as a registered nurse on the telemetry and critical care teams and served as the patient and employee safety coordinator. Currently, in addition to her Six Sigma duties, she is the employee safety coordinator.
Gibson has been with St. James Healthcare for 9 years. She received her Master degree in nursing from Gonzaga and a Bachelor degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to her Six Sigma duties, she currently serves as a lost charges auditor and clinical trial coordinator. She also has taught courses at the Montana Tech School for the Nursing and Health Care Informatics programs.
Christina Vidrich, RN, has received certification as an Operating Room Nurse (CNOR) from the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI). To obtain this certification, Vidrich completed 2 years and 2,400 hours of peri-operative practice as well as an on-line course of study. Vidrich, a registered nurse, has been with St. James Healthcare for 7 years. She holds a Bachelor degree in nursing from Montana Tech of the University of Montana.