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Here are our top picks for Lean Six Sigma success stories and news from around the web for the week of October 26, 2015.
Last week, Kathy McPhail, CEO of Southern Health-Santé Sud, celebrated advances in procedural healthcare over the past year. Some of the advances include a Lean program which made huge strides in one area it was implemented already. The strides pave the way for more successful strides.
“The pharmacy department at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals has benefited significantly from applying Lean Six Sigma (LSS) techniques to its inpatient pharmacy.” UNC has conducted 3 Kaizen events which has resulted in refined workflow and patient satisfaction. Also notable, the medication inventory has improved.
According to Lori Siwik, Lean Six Sigma process-improvement strategies can “help companies to stay competitive, and extending this strategy to risk management is a must to optimize overall benefits.” Businesses must protect their assets on a daily basis and Lean Six Sigma can give companies the edge they need under margin, revenue, and growth pressures.