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
"Carol Schuster was the champion of the projects and assisted me in the application process," McCracken
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.
was "happy and relieved" when she
learned of the honor.