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Penn State Great Valley’s continuing professional education division (CPE) works with individual organizations to create powerful learning experiences focused on unique needs. In this time of rapid change, a slumping economy, and shifting market dynamics, a custom learning and development program can immediately improve organizational capability and morale.

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Newest graduates of the LEAN Six Sigma Program

From left to right: Dr. Kailasam Satyamurthy (instructor), Taryn Duckett, Jay Javie, Madeline D'Ancona, Steven Bellistri, Dr. Michael J. Piovoso (instructor), Werner Freyman Jr., Cathy Judge Cardillo, Lei Wang, and Bill Stieber (instructor).

After a rigorous nine months of training, seven managers and directors at Mercy Health System (MHS) earned their black belts, the second highest level in lean six sigma training, in Penn State Great Valley's systems approach to quality management in health care-lean six sigma. The program is a business improvement model using statistical and analytical processes to eliminate waste and create an efficient system while engaging all team members in collaborative problem solving. Each graduate worked—either individually or collaboratively—on an in-depth project supported by statistical and analytical processes. Some of the projects included improving the process between the time an admitted patient was transferred from the emergency room to an inpatient bed; eliminating false-positives in coding/documentation; minimizing the number of Nazareth orthopedic patients, who did not use services provided by Mercy Home Health; implementing a direct-admit process for physicians to use at Nazareth Hospital for non-emergent patients; and reducing misidentification in inpatient lab specimens. "Six Sigma is not just the flavor of the month," says Steven Bellistri, lab manager at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. "Six Sigma is the way heath care is going to evolve; it has already begun."

Penn State Great Valley’s CPE works with your organization to help you solve business issues.

Why choose Penn State Great Valley?

Organizations work with us to develop people and leverage their talent to implement corporate strategy. Our custom programs focus on what you need—from executive education to hands-on technology training. Our programs develop a core of like-minded professionals and leaders who, together, can immediately implement significant change.

The challenges each organization faces are unique. However, the end-goals are typically to:

  • lead or implement strategic change;
  • develop organizational capabilities;
  • increase management or leadership effectiveness;
  • comply with legislation, licensing and accreditation requirements; and
  • keep pace with rapidly changing technology.

Responsive. Knowledgeable. Flexible. Comprehensive.

Take advantage of our responsiveness and knowledge.

We are here to respond to your needs. Your program will be tailored to your organization, your goals, your budget, and your expectations.

Our team has experience in a variety of disciplines and industries for corporate clients. We also work with school districts and associations to provide custom programs and specialized courses to maintain or renew professional licensure and certification with required CEUs.

Our core strength is helping you develop and deliver courses to improve organizational performance. Our methods are research-based, and grounded in instructional design principles and adult learning theory. We can help you zero in on select initiatives or design a complete end-to-end program.

See how some of our clients - GuideWorks, EDS (an HP Company),  and Vertex - are raving about our custom corporate programs.

Your place. Your time. Your pace. Powerful learning at your convenience.

Our custom corporate programs can be offered:

  • on campus in Malvern, Pennsylvania, or at your preferred location;
  • during or after normal business hours, including weekends;
  • in instructor-led, blended, or online formats.

Get Started Today … Contact Jay Polakoff by phone, 610-648-3281, or e-mail.