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.

Contact for more information on Lean Six Sigma, or visit their SharePoint site on the intranet here.