Concord – The New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) congratulates the recent graduates of the LEAN Healthcare Certificate program, a comprehensive continuous improvement course for healthcare professionals, hosted by the NHHA in partnership with North Country Healthcare, and conducted by GBMP, a leading resource for Continuous Improvement education and facilitation.  

The LEAN Training in Healthcare Certificate program graduated 18 recipients who completed the comprehensive 8-week course where they learned best practices to address the challenges facing healthcare professionals.  The LEAN Training program, is structured where the content is delivered in a combination of classroom and tacit learning (learn-by-doing), so that participants learn the critical steps they can take to assure dramatic, continuing improvements within their own healthcare organizations.

Completing the certificate program were Wayne Couture, Clare Fox, Ruth Gallagher, Leona Guay and Leslie Haddy from Androscoggin Valley Hospital; Katelyn Carpenter, Katie Gibson, Melody Glines and Jody Ramsay from Littleton Regional Healthcare; Monique Hand, Heather Pollard Leighton and Shelly Shaw from Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital; Linda Breen, Stephanie Irwin, Barbara Peaslee Smith, Nate Pelchat and Jesse Raimer from Weeks Medical Center; and Abby Machanic from Speare Memorial Hospital.

"We applaud the efforts and commitment of our recent graduates as healthcare leaders to improve care and reduce costs, and congratulate them on achieving this Lean Certificate," stated Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association.

Each graduate’s attendance was partially supported by a scholarship awarded by the Foundation for Healthy Communities from funds provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration through its Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant program.


About New Hampshire Hospital Association

Hospitals have been collaborating through the New Hampshire Hospital Association since 1934. The association's mission is to provide leadership through advocacy, education and information in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems in delivering high quality health care to the patients and communities they serve.