Published on November 02, 2015

Iowa Lean Consortium Honors Mary Greeley Executive

Karen Kiel Rosser, vice president and quality improvement officer at Mary Greeley Medical Center, has been named the 2015 Iowa Lean Champion by the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC).

Karen Kiel Rosser

Karen Kiel Rosser
Mary Greeley Vice President/
Qualtiy Improvement Officer

The award was created to honor a leader who has made significant contributions to Lean practices and/or led a Lean journey for 10 or more years. The award was presented at the ILC’s annual fall conference on October 28.

Lean is a methodology focusing on the elimination of waste within a process to improve time, cost and quality while providing customers exactly what they need.

“Karen has been a strong Lean leader in healthcare. Her belief in the transformative power of Lean is evident through her actions and we are pleased to honor her work and achievements,” Jeff Dahm, ILC board president and factory advisor at Deere & Company.

At Mary Greeley, Kiel Rosser has spearheaded the development and implementation of a system-wide framework for performance excellence, utilizing the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program criteria as well as the tools of lean and six sigma.

Kiel Rosser is a certified lean six sigma green belt and serves on the board of examiners for the National Baldrige Quality Program. She serves as a coach and judge for the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence Program and is a member of the Ames Morning Rotary Club, and a board member for United Way of Story County.

“I’m both honored and humbled to be receiving this award,” said Kiel Rosser.

Kiel-Rosser is the fourth Lean Champion to be recognized by the ILC. Recipients are selected based multiple criteria including leadership, impact and outreach.
Rick Brimeyer, a Lean consultant who works with Mary Greeley, nominated Kiel Rosser for the honor.

“I’ve worked with roughly 30 different organizations and dozens of managers. Unfortunately, only a handful can truly be characterized as Lean Leaders. That is, they understood that continuous, sustainable improvement is almost entirely dependent on the culture slowly nurtured by leadership and not about quick, silver bullet tools,” Brimeyer wrote in his nomination. “Karen truly believes this … further, she lives it. It is evident in what she says in numerous interactions throughout every work day. Even more clearly, it is obvious through her actions.”

The ILC is a member-driven non-profit organization dedicated to advancing Lean in all sectors of the economy. It is a leading resource to Iowa companies who seek to improve their organizational effectiveness and efficiencies.  

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