Katie L. Castree

MHA, ASQ CSSBB

Operations Excellence Manager
Accumen Inc
St Louis, Missouri

Katie Castree is an accomplished young professional in the healthcare industry. After obtaining her bachelor of science degree in community health at the University of Illinois, she obtained her master of health administration degree at Saint Louis University. She then went on to work at Hospital Sisters Health System in Illinois for four years, during which time she completed internal Green Belt and Black Belt training and became an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). As a performance improvement specialist for one of the healthcare system's divisions, she completed projects focused on streamlining internal processes, managing patient visit turnaround time, improving provider documentation, increasing revenue, and improving quality of care. Moving up to the senior performance improvement specialist for the system's medical group, she then managed a project portfolio of $1 million annually in improvements, led the Lean Six Sigma program deployment, and trained 55 Green Belts and 40 Black Belts. Since 2016, Castree has been an operations excellence manager at Accumen, a healthcare consulting company that partners with hospitals and healthcare systems to create high-performing laboratories. There she leads client organizations' improvement projects in laboratory quality, service, and productivity. She is an involved member of ASQ, frequently presenting at national conferences. At the local level, she serves the St. Louis Section of ASQ as an officer of the Leadership Committee as well as on the annual Conference Planning Committee.

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