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October 23, 2018 Dinner Meeting Announcement

Measuring What Matters in Healthcare
Carefully-chosen metrics, presented in a meaningful way, are key to creating organizational alignment and increasing staff engagement.  To demonstrate, let’s go back to healthcare’s original big data scientist – Florence Nightingale. 
Nightingale was a pioneer in the use and visual analysis of data, and her impressive talent emerged following her work in field hospitals during the Crimean War.  By providing leaders (thousands of miles away in England) with a better way to understand mortality data and focus on what was important, she sparked unprecedented changes in healthcare delivery and paved the way for evidence-based medicine.  In the field of data visualization, the Nightingale Rose – coxcomb as she called it – is still in use.
Even today, in all industries there is much room for improvement in how we collect and present data.  Are we measuring what matters, or what is easy to collect?  What measurements are staff collecting that were not asked for, or no longer necessary to collect, or lacking a connection to external requirements?  It is a business imperative to ensure internal process measurements are clearly connected with stakeholder metrics.
SpeakerKeith H. Poole
Keith Poole, MSQA, is a Leadership Advisor with khrusallis, a High Reliability + Lean business transformation consultancy specializing in healthcare. Keith works closely with senior leadership teams to deploy strategy and create alignment in the organization all the way to front-line staff. Proving once and for all that quality tools are universal, Keith turned a Metallurgical Engineering degree into a successful career in healthcare and has served as a Quality Professional for:

ArcelorMittal – one of the world’s largest steel producers;

Merkle-Korff – a world-wide manufacturer of small electric motors;

Here (formerly NAVTEQ) – the world’s leading digital map provider;

Franciscan Alliance (formerly SSFHS) – mid-sized hospital system in IN and IL;

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) – largest hospital system in the US;

Vizient (formerly University Healthsystem Consortium) – a member organization and data processor for 120+ major academic medical centers in the US and Canada


Keith’s specialties include: High Reliability, Process Mapping, Process Improvement, Lean, Six Sigma, DMAIC, PDCA, PDSA, kata, healthcare, training, team facilitation, project management, root cause analysis, customer experience, voice of the customer, supplier assessment, and more.


When:  Tuesday, October 23, 2018

5:50 p.m.: Pre-meeting session (setting up, early networking)

6:00 p.m.: Registration and networking

6:30 p.m.: Dinner

7:30 p.m.: Presentation begins (~ 1 hour, followed by Q&A)



 DOC’s Smokehouse & Craft Bar

1420 Calumet Ave.

Dyer, IN 46311

(219) 262-3627


Cost: $25.00


Menu: Buffet Style Dinner

 – Smoked Onion Dip with House cut Chips

– Tossed Salad (Mixed greens, Carrot, Cucumber, Tomato), with Ranch & Balsamic Dressings

– Entrees: Smoked Wings, Smoked & Sliced Turkey, and Smoked Beef Brisket

– Sides: Bacardi Baked Beans, Crispy Brussel Sprouts

– Buns, BBQ Sauces, & Pickles are included.

– Dessert: Jumbo Cookies

– Beverages (included): Non-Alcoholic Beverages included, except coffee (The venue does not carry any coffee products in house).


Please register by end of business day on Monday, October 22, 2018

Prep Courses for CQE & CMQ/OE certification

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 12TH. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

ASQ Section 1302 is offering prep courses for CQE & CMQ/OE certification. These are fully online classes with learner-learner, learner-faculty, and learner-content interaction and activity. 

Classes start the first week of August. For more information, please visit:

Attached is additional information.

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First Annual Virtual Conference – Blue Ridge Section

Click on the following link for information regarding the First Annual Virtual Conference for the Blue Ridge Section.

First Annual Virtual Conference Program

March 20, 2018 Dinner Meeting Information

The reliability of your product strongly influences business success, whether you’re making semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, motorcycles, farm equipment, medical devices or kitchen appliances. Reliability analysis can help ensure that a product or process functions as intended throughout its life, making for satisfied customers who provide repeat business and referrals. Dependable products also reduce warranty costs, which can otherwise quickly eat away at profit margins. Various techniques will be presented for evaluating the reliability of your product, process, or system.

 Speaker: Erich Gundlach

Erich Gundlach is the Systems Engineer for the US Midwest region for JMP, a business unit of SAS that specializes in data visualization software. Before joining JMP, Erich worked for 13 years as an analytical chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. He has held positions in both quality control and R&D, and he used JMP routinely for statistical quality control, design of experiments, and fitting linear and non-linear models.

He earned a B.S. in biology from Bowling Green State University and a M.S. in chemistry from Ohio State. He completed graduate work in statistics at Purdue University.

When:  Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

5:50 p.m.: Pre-meeting session (setting up, early networking)

6:00 p.m.: Registration and networking

6:30 p.m.: Dinner

7:30 p.m.: Presentation begins




Theo’s Steaks & Seafood

9144 Indianapolis Boulevard

Highland, IN 46322

(219) 838-8000|

 RU Points: 0.3

Cost: $25.00


Please register by end of business day on Monday, March 19, 2018 at



Hope to see you there!!


February 20, 2018 – Dinner Meeting Information


We will initially spend about 20 minutes on the history of Calibration as well as a brief explanation of its benefits, and why it is required. We will then get into more specifics of Calibration:

* Changes and Increased Requirements within the Quality Industry
* Accreditation Specifics that you should be looking for in a Calibration Provider
* The importance of Traceability
* Definition of terms used in Calibration and what to look for in a Calibration Certificate
* What you should be providing your Calibration Provider
* What your Calibration Provider should be Providing you
* Examples of Equipment Specific Calibration Requirements

In Addition:
A Q&A Station that will be manned by ATI Metrologists will be set up in the room for more “specific” customer questions on Measurement & Calibration “after the presentation”.
If you would like to see how easy and effortless Gage Control can actually be, a demonstration of ATI’s A-Trax Gage Management Portal will also be set up in the room. An A-Trax account is set up for free for every customer. It completely controls your Gage Program (from Gage Due Notifications and Auto-Generated Packing Lists for Gages Due, to reports for Out of Tolerance Findings) making your job a lot easier.

Speaker: Kenneth Losacco

Ken Losacco has been the President of Assurance Technologies, Inc. for over 20 years. ATI is a manufacturer, distributor and calibration / repair provider to the Quality Industry in the Chicago area. ATI’s specialty is in developing Quality solutions to Quality problems.

Prior to owning ATI, Kenn worked as a Project Engineer and an Engineering Manager for over 20 years in the Tooling, Nuclear, Electronics and Automotive Industries. He spent most of his career working in Engineering with Quality Assurance developing methods to design, manufacture and inspect manufactured products, faster and with the greatest repeatability & accuracy.

When:  Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

5:45 p.m.: Pre-meeting session (setting up the ATI Metrologists Q&A Station, early networking)

6:00 p.m.: Registration and networking

6:30 p.m.: Dinner

7:30 p.m.: Presentation begins


Chef Klaus’ Bier Stube (Next to Walt’s Food)

20827 LaGrange Road

Frankfort, IL  60423

(815) 469-0940

Cost: $25.00

– Option 1: Weiner Schnitzel: Pork Tenderloin dipped in egg batter, flaked with special breading, and pan fried in butter. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and red cabbage.

– Option 2: Chicken Schnitzel: Boneless Tender Chicken Breast dipped in egg butter, breaded, and pan fried in butter. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and red cabbage.

– Option 3: Broiled Canadian Walleye Pike: Served with rice pilaf, red cabbage, and finished with a lemon butter sauce.

– Vegetarian Option (if requested): Fettucine Primavera.

All entrees include: chicken noodle soup, bread and butter, and apple strudel (dessert). For vegetarian option, you can request for a salad instead of a soup.

* Beverages (included): Non-alcoholic beverages



Please register by end of business day on Monday, February 19th, 2018 at


Hope to see you there!!