Ellen S Hargett

Executive Director
DeKalb Medical
Ellen Hargett has invested the majority of her career at DeKalb Regional Health System, a three–hospital system in the metropolitan Atlanta area. She is currently the Executive Director of the DeKalb Quality Institute. Ellen has focused her career in quality and patient safety. In her current position, she is responsible for both internal and external quality reporting, as well as coordination of both clinical and operational quality improvement efforts. She has a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and oversees the implementation of Lean Six Sigma as the organization’s process improvement methodology. Under her leadership, DeKalb Medical has received the 2016 and 2017 Healthcare Advantage Award for Performance Improvement and Efficiency, from Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company. Ellen serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association for Healthcare Quality and the Education Commission for the National Association for Healthcare Quality. She was the recognized for her work as a local and national advocate for patient safety and robust process improvement when the National Association for Healthcare Quality awarded her the Rising Star Award in 2013. She has authored numerous resources for nurses, focusing on improving medication safety and infection prevention, and continues in leadership roles on both the state and national level.