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Assistant Vice President Operational Quality and Performance
Franciscan Alliance Inc
Assistant Vice President of Operational Quality and Performance
Saint Anthony Medical Center
Blog Center: Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point: March 2010
Also, there are fewer long-term issues,'' adds Elaine McCracken, Saint Anthony Medical Center assistant vice president of operational quality and performance.
Saint Anthony has achieved a 100 percent Door-to-PCI compliance rate most months since establishment of a 14-member Lean Six Sigma Performance Improvement Team. The national average is 40 percent, according to the American Heart Association. Members of the team, called the STEMI (heart attack) Task Force, implemented initiatives in April to improve the hospital's performance. The 100 percent rate represents a 27 percent improvement in the hospital's Door-to-PCI time. Karin Kolisz, Saint Anthony vice president of clinical services, who is a member of the task force, as is McCracken, says teamwork is the reason for the program's progress.
News Center: Saint Anthony Medical Center
Also, there are fewer long-term issues,â€™â€™ adds Elaine McCracken, Saint Anthony Medical Center assistant vice president of operational quality and performance.Saint Anthony has achieved a 100 percent Door-to-PCI compliance rate most months since establishment of a 14-member Lean Six Sigma Performance Improvement Team.
The 100 percent rate represents a 27 percent improvement in the hospitalâ€™s Door-to-PCI time.Karin Kolisz, Saint Anthony vice president of clinical services, who is a member of the task force, as is McCracken, says teamwork is the reason for the programâ€™s progress.â€œOur success can be attributed to the extraordinary collaboration of our front-line staff in the Emergency Department, Catheterization Lab and EMS, including physicians, shift directors, nurses and technologists. â€œRecognizing that the earlier coronary intervention is provided, the fewer the number of patients who will lose their lives, our staff worked diligently to make the changes necessary to assure rapid treatment.
Elaine McCracken, assistant vice president of operational quality and performance at Saint Anthony Medical Center, is certified as an American Society for Quality Six Sigma Black Belt.
Crown Point, Indiana Hospital | Saint Anthony Medical Center | A Division of the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, Inc.
CROWN POINT | Elaine McCracken is a black belt, but you won't find her breaking bricks or boards.
Instead McCracken, who is assistant vice president of operational quality and performance at Saint Anthony Medical Center, is breaking through as an expert in quality and performance improvement techniques. McCracken's efforts have boosted her to the highest levels of peer recognition as an American Society for Quality-certified Six Sigma Black Belt. McCracken, who worked at Saint Anthony from 1998 to 2004, returned in 2006, when she began her present position. "As an industrial engineer and a leader of quality and performance improvement, I feel this certificate is an asset to my qualifications," McCracken said, adding she was required to submit an application that showed she had facilitated several successful Six Sigma projects and to take a four-hour test to gauge her knowledge. "Carol Schuster was the champion of the projects and assisted me in the application process," McCracken said. McCracken, who has been in the healthcare profession since 1986 at a variety of facilities, also has worked as a medical technologist, management engineer, performance improvement education specialist and an internal operations consultant. She said she was "happy and relieved" when she learned of the honor.
St. Anthony Employees "Hustle Up the Hancock" (Spring 2000)
The "Stair Troopers" Stair Team, led by captain, Lori Buksar, (Emergency Dept./Surgery) consisted of the following employees: Crystal Allen, Emergency Dept.; Cara Alderson, NICU; Barry Cummins, CS/SPD; Diane Doty, Cardiac Care; Mary Fiene, Endoscopy/PACU; David Genge, Surgery; Beth Granger, Emergency Dept.; Carol Hoffman, Emergency Dept.; Deb Itell, NSICU/ORTHO/NEURO; Amy Jewett, Emergency Dept.; Michelle Lesnik, Finance; Michelle Marias, EP Lab; Elaine McCracken, Management Engineer; Sally Mroz, PACU; Sue Remaly, Emergency Dept.; Carol Schuster, Women/Child/ Cancer; Julia Snyder, Emergency Dept.; Rob Weeks, CICU.