Blog posts tagged with Lean-For-Healthcare

Continuous Improvement Part 5: Methods and Tools for Healthcare in Northeast Ohio

December 12, 2011 by MAGNET Ohio

For a continuous improvement project to be effective and sustainable, it requires a systems approach involving the entire organization. Management should guide the organization in four fundamental areas to ensure success: Purpose: Maximizing customer value; Process: Continually improving speed and defects for factory and office; People: Involving people in improving the process, providing knowledge, and tools;  and Sustainable Culture: Encouraging change, communicating success, and results.   Here’s an example of how this systems approach to continuous improvement can yield great results, even in industries seemingly unrelated to manufacturing: During the past several years, MAGNET has worked with healthcare institutions in Northeast Ohio to refine best practice techniques for implementing Lean and other continuous improvement tools in the healthcare environment. The Lean approach’s effectiveness has long been proved in many other industries, including manufacturing, services, business/office processes, and information technology. For example, in 2009 and 2010, MAGNET partnered with the Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP) in Youngstown, Ohio, to pilot a Lean continuous improvement project for HHMP’s three facilities that employ more than 5,000 workers. As a result, in 2010 alone, HMHP realized $1.7 million in savings from reduced overtime. The HMHP project clearly demonstrated that a Lean and continuous

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