Klaus Nether is the Director, Solutions Development at the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. He leads Center solution development activities, both domestic and international. Prior to this role, Dr. Nether was a Master Black Belt in the Department of Robust Process Improvement (RPI) at The Joint Commission. In this role, he supported the Joint Commission’s activities associated with establishing and sustaining a RPI culture including the use of Six Sigma, Lean, change management, and other performance improvement methodologies to drive results. Dr. Nether was responsible for leading strategic projects, providing expert advice to process improvement teams, and helping develop and implement a quality improvement training program for all Joint Commission employees.
Before joining The Joint Commission, Dr. Nether held a variety of clinical laboratory positions. Most recently, he held the position of manager of the Olson Clinical Laboratories at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, where he was responsible for six departments including Microbiology and Diagnostic Molecular Biology. He also received Six Sigma training from GE Healthcare.
Dr. Nether received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Medical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Masters in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University. He is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry as a Medical Technologist and as a Specialist in Virology. Dr. Nether received his Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Villanova University and is also certified through The Joint Commission. He is certified as a Master Black Belt through SixSigma.US. Dr. Nether completed his Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc.) at A.T. Still University.