DEMOREST - Four members of the Habersham Medical Center (HMC) management team recently earned the Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Green Belt certification.<br />
Janice McKenzie, RN and Chief Clinical Officer; Teri Newsome, RN and Director of Quality; Lynn Echols, RN and Director of the Emergency Department, Respiratory Therapy and Prime Care; and Kelly J. Allen, RN and Director of Obstetrics, successfully completed the three-day course and passed the exam to earn their Lean Six Sigma Green Belts.<br />
"A considerable amount of hard work goes into earning this certification," says Jerry Wise, president of Habersham Medical Center. "Through innovative leadership and this new training, these individuals have already introduced changes that will advance care and improve processes at HMC. These new processes are not short-term fixes but are long-term procedural changes that will benefit our organization for years to come. It will be very rewarding to see how much of a positive financial impact these new processes will also have on our organization."<br />
HMC partnered with the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Training Center based in Norcross to train these employees in methodologies of Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare, a business management strategy that focuses on quantifying the critical issues facing healthcare while integrating principles of business, statistics and engineering to achieve tangible results. The tangible results include increasing productivity, enhancing quality, and creating efficiencies that will reduce time, cost and paperwork.