Sara is the Vice President of Quality & Compliance at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont & New Hampshire (VNH), with responsibility for quality and safety, corporate compliance, regulatory readiness and operational excellence. Sara comes to the VNH most recently from the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock where she served as the Director of Quality & Patient Safety where she provided leadership and direction for the development and implementation of the NCCC Quality Management Plan. Prior to her current role, Sara worked as the Director of Integration and Performance Improvement at the VNH. She is also an instructor for the D-H Value Institute Learning Center yellowbelt and greenbelt level process improvement training program.
Sara started her career as a surgical unit clinical nurse before transitioning into the ambulatory care setting where she worked as an oncology triage nurse and an oncology clinical research nurse within the NCCC. She went on to serve as the Nurse Manager for Clinic Operations and Clinic Research at NCCC for five years. During that time, she received her Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification from the Value Institute at D-H and participated in and led many large and small scale improvement projects within the Cancer Center. In 2013, Sara moved into the Value Institute where she worked on the Performance Improvement team as a Senior Value Performance Specialist. She has been instructing with the Value Institute since 2013.
Sara received her B.A. in Psychology and Education from Boston College, her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership from Franklin Pierce University. Sara received her Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt training from The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and her Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt certification from The Value Institute at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She has also received Lean Management Systems training from ThedaCare and Rapid Process Improvement Workshop training from Virginia Mason.