Six Sigma SIG Update

Six Sigma SIG is our ASQ Raleigh Chapter’s special interest group that focuses on Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma methodologies. In our meetings we showcase our members and special guest’s project work as well as tutorials on new and cutting edge quality tools.  Share your Six Sigma experiences with ASQ SIG. Tell us about your Six Sigma and Lean project success or get help with issues.

Our meetings are very informal with a lot of question and answer time allowing us to delve deeply into some very interesting topics.  Please be a part of our growing and interesting group. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

We will hold this meeting as a WEBINAR using WebEx. Please register by Sunday April 26. You will receive the webinar WebEx information on Monday April 27 (the day before the meeting). The meeting location will not be at Gregory Poole. Everyone is attending it virtually.

Click here to register:  Register for April 28, 2020 SSSIG

Presenter: Katie Castree

Presentation Title: Reducing Laboratory Waste… and Saving Patients’ Blood!

Presentation Summary:

In outpatient draw sites, inpatient hospital stays, and emergency room visits, nurses and phlebotomists frequently collect “extra” tubes of blood from patients in addition to those for lab tests that have been ordered by a physician or other provider. The perception is that these will later be used for “add-on” tests that a provider orders, thus saving the patient from a second needle stick…ouch! Do these extra tubes really get used for testing? If not, how much is wasted in time, supplies, money…and patient blood? The answers to these questions may shock you. Through data collection and analysis, teams identified significant waste in the laboratory as a result of this practice. This session will walk participants through the actions taken in four example hospitals in order to reduce waste and improve patient care. Lean Six Sigma concepts will include the DMAIC framework, waste, Pareto analysis, control charts, and more. This session will be valuable and of interest to both healthcare and other industry participants.

Presenter Bio:

Katie Castree has been an Operations Excellence Manager for four years at Accumen, a healthcare performance partner that drives value for hospitals and healthcare systems to create high performing laboratory and imaging departments that improve quality, reduce cost, and enhance patient care. As an Operations Excellence Manager, she delivers measurable improvements in laboratories’ productivity, quality, and service metrics by implementing OpEx practices within client organizations. Prior to Accumen, Katie was at Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) for about four years, most recently as the Senior Performance Improvement Specialist for the HSHS Medical Group.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Health Administration from St. Louis University. She is an ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) and an AHRQ-Certified TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national ASQ conferences, and is involved with the St. Louis Section of ASQ on the Leadership Committee and Conference Planning Committee.

Date:  April 28, 2020

Time: The presentation will start at 6pm ET and end by 7pm ET.  You can join the WebEx meeting starting 5:50pm ET.

Location:  WEBINAR (Information will be provided to those who register by Sunday April 26)

No ASQ membership or Lean Six Sigma experience is required to attend.  Attendees receive 0.5 RU credit, and presenters receive 1 RU credit towards ASQ certification renewal.