Press Release: UC Berkeley Center Launches Unique Lean Research Healthcare Collaborative

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UC BERKELEY CENTER LAUNCHES UNIQUE LEAN RESEARCH HEALTHCARE COLLABORATIVE SAN FRANCISCO – Dec. 7, 2017 – UC Berkeley’s Center for Lean Engagement and Research in Healthcare (CLEAR) today announced its collaboration with seven leading American and Canadian hospitals and healthcare systems to launch a three-year initiative to accelerate participants’ transformational performance improvement goals using lean philosophy, principles and tools. Participants in the collaborative share a common interest in assessing how the lean system can enhance performance and reduce waste to create greater value for patients. The participating hospitals and healthcare systems include:
  • Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Indiana University Health System, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.
  • St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  • Sutter Health, Sacramento, Calif.
  • UCSF Health, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, San Francisco, Calif.
“The overall goal of this collaborative is to provide evidence-based actionable knowledge on the extent to which lean methodologies can transform healthcare delivery to eliminate waste and optimize value for the patient,” said Stephen Shortell, Ph.D., MPH., MBA and co-director of CLEAR. “This will be greatly enhanced by the ability to benchmark participants’ efforts against findings from a national survey of lean and related transformational performance efforts conducted by CLEAR with the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association,” said Thomas Rundall, Ph.D., co-director of CLEAR. The Lean Enterprise Institute, Rona Consulting Group, and Catalysis provide funding support to CLEAR. CLEAR is an affiliate of the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health ( For more information about CLEAR initiatives, visit About UC Berkeley School of Public Health The first school of public health west of the Mississippi, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health was founded in 1943 on the Berkeley campus. It is one of 50 schools accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The UC Berkeley School of Public Health improves population health, especially for the most vulnerable, through interdisciplinary collaborations to meet health needs and achieve health equity, preeminent education that challenges convention and develops diverse leaders, and transformational research on the major public health threats and opportunities of today and tomorrow.   -end-    

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