Oregon Healthcare Lean Community of Practice

The Oregon Healthcare Lean Community of Practice represents a group of professionals, informally bound to one another through comparable roles as Lean Six Sigma Black Belts and Green Belts, improvement team facilitators, performance improvement practitioners, managers, and strategists. 

This Community of Practice provides a forum for practitioners to share failures and successes, test ideas and assumptions, counsel and advise each other, capitalize on collective knowledge, and develop a network for sharing through presentations and site visits.


The Oregon Healthcare Lean Community of Practice's purpose is to share best practices, successes, and "learning from failures," develop a network with shared interests, and provide opportunities to see what's being done.

Our goals are to:

  • Hold consistent gatherings, sessions and events
  • Have balanced participation across Oregon's health care organizations and systems
  • Enhance the knowledge and professional development of Lean and process improvement practitioners
  • Broaden the Lean, process improvement, and quality management knowledge in the Oregon health care community

How to Get Involved

Oregon Healthcare Lean Community of Practice is an informal, self-forming, self-governing peer network.

Benefits of Participation:

  • Continue learning and developing professionally
  • Access to expertise
  • Improve communication with peers
  • Increase productivity and quality of work
  • Network to keep current in the field
  • Develop a sense of professional identity
  • Enhance professional reputation
  • Enable local learning for Lean and Quality

Past Community Events and Resources


To join the Oregon Healthcare Lean Community of Practice Listserv, please contact Wendy Gale at wgale@oahhs.org.


Operations are guided by a volunteer organizing team with balanced representation from across the community.

Oregon Healthcare Lean Community of Practice Organizing Team
Sheri Johnson, Samaritan Health Services, sjohnson@samhealth.org 
Dan Mussatti, Oregon State Hospital, daniel.mussatti@state.or.us
Debbie Goodwin, Salem Health, debbie.goodwin@salemhealth.org
Derek Wehr, Oregon State Hospital, derek.wehr@state.or.us
Randy O’Donnell, Oregon Health & Science University, odonnelr@ohsu.edu