Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a methodology to improve how we lead, teach and care for patients at UNC. Lean focuses on speed, eliminating waste, standardization, and flexibility/responsiveness while Six Sigma seeks to verify root causes of current performance and eliminate variation.

UNC Medical Center's goal is to train all staff and faculty as Yellow Belts – those who can assist with improvement projects.

Yellow Belts with interest and aptitude can pursue training to become:

  • Purple Belts - focus on Lean
  • Green Belts - focus on Six Sigma
  • Blue Belts - leaders who sponsor improvement projects
  • Kaizen Coaches - leaders with quality improvement expertise who facilitate and drive improvement

Training is provided by UNC Medical Center's Department of Operational Efficiency.

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