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  • March 22nd - Meeting with Speaker (& Webcast)

    Location: The Hampton Inn, 315 SE Olympia Drive, Vancouver, WA 98684 - Telephone: 360-891-3000

    6:30 - 7:00 PM - Section Announcements
    7:00 - 8:15 PM - Topic: "Continuous Improvement in Healthcare Systems” by Heide Maize
    8:15 - 8:45 PM - Closing Remarks and Networking

    Our speaker for this meeting is Heide Maize, Oregon Region Director of Operational Excellence, a department within Strategic Management Services for Providence Health & Services.

    Heide will speak on Healthcare reform strategic initiatives, large scale change, improved quality, and financial metrics representing a large Integrated Health System (Insurance, Pharmacy, Hospitals, and Clinics). She will describe how the Strategic Management Services, PMO and Operational Excellence teams function as an internal consulting branch which utilizes Lean Six Sigma, Work-Out, Change Acceleration Process (CAP), Project Management, and other methodologies to support continuous improvement and proven results.

    Heide Maize is an active member of our Vancouver Section having held several positions in recent years including the current year as Section Secretary.

    There is no charge for the meeting. Guests are welcome.
    Please RSVP (free) to Eventbrite at and search for "ASQ".

    Questions? Please reply by email to:

    We hope to see you there!


  • 2017 Q1 Northern Nevada ASQ Meeting

    Meeting information:

    Date and time:  Monday, March 6th, 2017.  5:30 pm for networking and leadership meeting (open to all members), 6:00 pm for dinner, speaker and general meeting to follow.

    Topic and speaker:  Quality As a Profit Center: The Journey from Conformance to Performance, presented by Tom Taormina

    Tom Taormina has amassed an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and experiences over his 50 year career. Beginning with the foundation of 14 years at Mission Control Houston during Gemini and Apollo, he was one of the pioneers of the discipline of Quality Control Engineering.

    He ran several manufacturing companies before becoming a consultant, facilitator and trainer. He has worked with more than 700 companies, written 12 books and continues to champion business organizational excellence.

    His professional certifications include Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence and Certified Management Consultant. He was a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality and former Chair of the Quality Management Systems Committee. Tom lives and works in Virginia City, Nevada.

    Location:  Tamarack Junction (this is the same location as our Causal Analysis Basics workshop that is also on March 6th.  See below for more information on the workshop)

    Please RSVP to Joy Cochran at , or or 775-233-0512

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