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Published on September 11, 2013

7 GHS employees earn Lean Six Sigma Green Belt 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Georgetown, S.C. — Seven Georgetown Hospital System (GHS) employees have earned Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

The individuals were recognized Monday (Sept. 9) after presenting projects that streamlined processes and improved efficiencies at GHS facilities. 

The individuals are Carey Swanson, PT, physical therapist with NextStep Rehabilitation Services; William Render, MHA, accreditation manager, and Julie Hill, BSN, RN, CHCR, RACRrecruitment coordinator, from GHS; Jackie Ferrara, logistics manager, Waccamaw Community Hospital (WCH) Materials Management; Sheryl Aiken, BSN, RN, CCRN, head nurse, WCH CCU; Joann Hashey, head nurse, BSN, RN-BC, WCH 3-East; Jessica Malona, RT, (R) CRA, assistant director, WCH Radiology.

 “Earning Green Belt Certification requires a considerable amount of work, a commitment to the organization and an innovative spirit,” Gary Kollm, GHS process redesign coordinator and Lean Six Sigma initiative leader, said. “Through teamwork and leadership, these individuals have introduced changes that will advance care and improve processes at GHS facilities.”  

In fall 2012, GHS partnered with N.C. State University to train employees in methodologies of Lean Six Sigma, a business management strategy that focuses on data, statistical tools, and project management techniques to identify and solve problems using a project team approach.  

Green Belt certification, which is intended for those employees leading department based Lean Six Sigma projects part time, 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.


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