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Meeting Notice - October 27, 2016

October Dinner Meeting

Thursday, October 27, 2016

RSVP before noon on Monday, October 24th, below


Main Presentation

Healthcare Reform and Health System Re-formation
Presented by Doug Patten, MD, FACS
Chief Medical Officer
Georgia Hospital Association Manager


A Brief review of the National Healthcare Landscape and how those forces of change are affecting Georgia’s Hospitals and Physicians.  We will share and discuss the role of Performance Improvement Tools (Lean-Six Sigma, Baldrige Framework, etc) in redesign efforts.

Doug received his MD from LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, and completed general surgery training at USF -Tampa, FL.  He now serves as Chief Medical Officer for Georgia Hospital Association. Prior to joining GHA, Doug served as the Chief Medical Officer for Phoebe Putney Health System for 10 years. Doug practiced general surgery in Cordele and surrounding small community hospitals in southwest Georgia for 18 years before that. While in active surgical practice, he served on the GHA Board of Directors, as well as the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board. Additionally, he has served on local, regional, and statewide managed care boards, representing physicians and hospitals together. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Albany Area Primary Healthcare, one of the most successful primary care practices in Georgia.


(0.3 RU in person.  0.2 RU on-line)

Mini Presentation 

Using DMAIC Tools to Gather Business Requirements

Presented by Greg Sara

Greg helps companies simplify and automate sales and operations processes to improve the customer experience.


(0.3 RU in person.  0.2 RU on-line)


Hilton Suites Hotel, 6120 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30328

5:30 P.M. Social Period & Registration / Cash Bar

5:45 P.M. Mini Presentation Begins

6:30 P.M. Dinner Begins

7:30 P.M. Speaker / Main Program Begins

In Person: $25 Member, $35 Non-Member and member with late reservation, $40 Non-Member late reservation.

On-line each session: $10.

On-line PayPal payment REQUIRED for all transactions.

In-Person Reservations


On-Line Mini Presentation Reservation


On-Line Main Presentation Reservation



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ASQ Boyles Scholarship

Applications Being Accepted for the Greater Atlanta Section of ASQ Boyles Scholarship

Applications for scholarships in the amount of up to $500 are being accepted through January 20, 2017.

Qualifications for the scholarship are as follows:

1.   Must be an ASQ member, immediate family member of an ASQ member, or sponsored by an ASQ member

2.  Must be seeking a degree in quality or closely related field

3.  Must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours of academic credit and have a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0

Application forms may be downloaded Here

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Educational-Training Opportunities

The Greater Atlanta Section is delighted to announce special educational – training opportunities for our members.   Beginning January 1, 2015 all Atlanta ASQ members will be eligible to enroll for any continuing education course offered by the Institute of Industrial Engineers in Norcross, GA.   ASQ members will receive a discount of 40% off the regular registration fee.

In order to take advantage of this very special rate please follow these steps:

  1. Identify the course that you would like to take.  A complete schedule can be found at http://www.iienet2.org/iietrainingcenter/CourseSchedule.aspx.
  2. Download the registration form here:  CorporatePartner_TrainingRegForm_ASQ
  3. Complete the form and email the completed form to [email protected]
  4. IIE will confirm your registration via email.
  5. Attend the seminar and learn.

Self-paced courses are also available





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