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Published on April 11, 2013

GHS’ Beth Prevatte earns Six Sigma Green Belt 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Georgetown, S.C. — Beth Prevatte, supply chain support manager for Georgetown Hospital System, has earned her Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Prevatte is the first GHS employee to receive the designation since GHS implemented Lean Six Sigma principles in late fall 2012. Prevatte led a team of GHS employees who revised and streamlined the capital improvement process.

“I am honored to earn this designation,” Prevatte said. “However, every meaningful achievement requires support and teamwork, and this project would not have come to fruition without a lot of prayer, and the work and innovative ideas of my colleagues. They helped make this a reality.”

Prevatte joined GHS in December 1981. She has an associate’s degree in business administration and a QHR Materials Management College certificate.

Green Belt certification requires an employee to take a series of intensive coursework, pass a rigorous exam and develop and defend a workplace project that demonstrates improved processes that create efficiencies such as reductions in time, costs and paperwork.

Lean Six Sigma is a business management strategy that focuses on statistical tools and project management techniques to identify and solve problems using a team approach. GHS is partnering with N.C. State University to train employees in Lean Sig Sigma principles.    

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