Phyllis Mason, M.D., and Megan Lee, P.A., Earn Greenbelts for Patient Safety Project

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During an eight-month process, physician-led teams from six hospitals in Louisiana completed Lean Six Sigma (LSS) projects focused on Antibiotic Stewardship, including the appropriate use of antibiotics and the reduction of antibiotic resistance. After developing a mastery of the LSS methodology, the teams applied this tool to their own hospitals’ antibiotic stewardship programs.

At Natchiotches Regional Medical Center, Phyllis Mason, M.D., and Megan Lee, P.A., participated and completed a project on “Reducing Antibiotic Use in the Outpatient Setting for Acute Bronchitis.”
Their work earned them LEAN Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt Certification as part of the LHA’s 2018 Physician Leadership Academy 300 Series cohort.

“At NRMC, patient safety is our highest priority, and I want to thank Dr. Mason and Ms. Lee for their leadership and commitment to Antibiotic Stewardship,” noted Kirk Soileau, CEO of NRMC. “By learning ways to better fight antibiotic resistance, we are able to dramatically improve patient outcomes. Knowledge is power. Kudos to our physician-led team in earning the LSS Green Belt Certification,” Soileau said.

“Congratulations to Louisiana’s new Green Belts,” said LHA President & CEO Paul Salles. “Tools like LEAN Six Sigma empower hospital teams to improve the quality, efficiency, safety and reliability of patient care.”

“Physician leaders play a key role in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria,” said Vice President of Clinical Affairs Floyd “Flip” Roberts, MD, FACP, FCCP. “Equipping our medical experts with the most effective quality-improvement tools will save lives and reduce costs.”

About LEAN Six Sigma
The healthcare industry is rapidly identifying the need to transform processes and culture by implementing principles of high reliability, such as LEAN Six Sigma. LEAN Six Sigma is a quality improvement tool, which was first developed by the airline and automotive industries, that helps healthcare providers apply statistical methods to reduce waste and improve patient safety.

About Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center began as a community hospital in 1955 and has grown into a 216 -bed healthcare system with 750 Associates and more than 100 active and consulting physicians on its medical staff. The system is comprised of the 96-bed acute care facility, a skilled nursing home, assisted living complex, and an extensive network of clinics throughout the parish. NRMC is an affiliate of Christus Health.