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Hospital Foundation Funds Project to Improve Sepsis Patient Outcomes


“This is the first time the Foundation has been asked to fund a Lean Six Sigma project and we’re excited to support this important work being done at our hospital,” said Raedena Ryan, executive director of the Taylorville Memorial Foundation. “There is extraordinary value gained when we invest in colleagues at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.”

Lean Six Sigma is a management approach and method that strives to eliminate wasteful use of resources and defects in production processes to improve colleague and company performance. Lean Six Sigma methods help colleagues develop and improve products, services and processes.

Ryan Pavolka, emergency preparedness and emergency operations center (EOC) coordinator at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, spearheads the project in the hospital’s Emergency Department as part of his training to achieve a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, which is one of the highest levels of Lean Six Sigma certification.

Once he completes his research and data analysis, Pavolka’s project will impact specific processes associated with sepsis care delivery models.

“Sepsis is a life-threatening medical condition caused by infections, and it is critical that patients with these conditions are recognized quickly and provided appropriate treatment within the defined scope of medicine,” said Kelly Hill, director of operations improvement for Memorial Health, who oversees Pavolka’s project.

Ultimately, Pavolka’s project aims to save lives, which makes financially supporting his work an exciting use of Foundation donor dollars, said Ryan.

“The Foundation invests in our community’s health by supporting projects that help us improve patient outcomes,” said Ryan. “Our colleagues at Taylorville Memorial Hospital are our greatest resource. They know our hospital inside and out, and they know our patients. Our donors especially enjoy supporting special projects like this one that lead to important and lasting change at our hospital and directly impact patient care.”

For more information about grants and scholarships available through the Taylorville Memorial Foundation or to donate to the Foundation, visit or contact Ryan at 217-707-5271.