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Nightingale Scholarship Awarded

The Healthcare Division of ASQ has awarded a $2,000 Nightingale Scholarship to Winnie MacGregor from Lake Forest, Calif., for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to pursuing quality improvement in the health care field.

The scholarship was awarded during the Quality Institute for Healthcare,    May 21–23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

MacGregor is pursuing an MBA in project and quality management at California InterContinental University. She also is working toward a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

In addition to her studies, MacGregor is a project manager in the patient safety department at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, where she spends much of her time educating staff about key safety practices like hand hygiene and implementing various National Patient Safety goals and initiatives.

 “This scholarship lets my employers, peers, and instructors know that I’m really serious about pursuing a career in health care quality management,” MacGregor said. “This is a role that will enable me to have the greatest impact on improving patient care.”

The scholarship is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, the initiator of the nursing profession who also pioneered health care statistics and promoted quality reforms in hygienic hospital care.

“Ms. MacGregor has been engaged in quality in the health care environment for the past seven years through her work at Kaiser and her MBA studies,” said Grace Paranzino, co-chair of the ASQ Healthcare Division Nightingale scholarship committee. “She has shown a commitment to excellence in both endeavors and it is our belief that she will be a future leader in the field of health care quality.”

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