CCR’s Whitaker earns Lean Six Sigma green belt
Tiffany Whitaker earned her Lean Six Sigma green belt on June 26th after completing 57 class hours and a quality improvement project in the management philosophy program.
According to Whitaker, Lean Six Sigma is customer and process focused, providing a disciplined approach with well defined roles and infrastructure using statistical and data-based decisions providing bottom line financial benefit.
“It is important to our organization because it teaches us to create the culture that seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects or errors while minimizing variability,” said Whitaker. “We are creating an infrastructure of people within the organization who are experts in these methods.”
Whitaker, Assistant Director of Vascular Surgery Research and Clinical Outcomes, started the process of obtaining the green belt in September of 2013. She has been with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine since March of 2004 in Vascular Surgery. Vascular Surgery joined with the Center for Clinical Research in April of 2012.
Whitaker said earning the green belt benefits her as a Vascular Surgery and Center for Clinical Research employee because it gives her the expertise to lead projects focused on quality improvement. “I now have a better understanding of statistical testing, methods for project implementation and planning for long term success,” said Whitaker.
The training levels for Lean Six Sigma are designated similar to karate. Levels increase starting with white belts, yellow belts, green belts, black belts and master black belts. As far as the black belt is concerned, Whitaker said she is not limiting her options and she is open to the idea of completing black belt training.
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