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Applying Lean Principles to Board Work

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St. Charles Health System’s embrace of lean practices led to a new culture and revitalized governance model Health care is ripe for change. The evidence is all around us. A majority of healthcare leaders recently surveyed said hospitals and health systems are most in need of disruptive innovation (New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, February 16, […]

A Look Inside the Transformation Journey at Saint Agnes Medical Center

Posted on by Tom Hartman

Saint Agnes Medical Center (SAMC), part of Trinity Health, is a 436-bed, state-of-the-art medical center in Fresno, CA. They strive to be “THE trusted health partner in Central California through its unrelenting pursuit of excellence.” In July of 2016, SAMC began working with Catalysis to transform their culture and improve patient care. Catalysis engaged in […]

Cleveland Clinic Empowers Every Caregiver to Make Improvements Every Day

Catalysis Healthcare Value Network member, Cleveland Clinic, has been on an improvement journey since 2006.  In 2013, the organization began to shift their vision to create a culture in which every caregiver is capable, empowered and expected to make improvements every day     Their journey of learning has shifted to a model that is […]

Physician Leaders and A3 Thinking at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) is a 397-bed public safety-net hospital that experiences over 80,000 ED visits each year and nearly 16,000 admissions. They pride themselves on being a teaching hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center, and a lean learning organization. After adopting A3 Thinking as the organization’s primary problem-solving methodology […]

Part of the Solution: Management Systems in Healthcare

Posted on by Kim Barnas

The rate of change in the business of healthcare has been extraordinarily fast in the past two decades. The shift to electronic medical records, mergers that create giant hospital systems, nationwide plans to insure more (or less) people—all of these systemic transformations have been rolled out with promises that healthcare will be improved for all. […]

Leaning in to Succeed in Public Hospitals

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As first responders for medical care, behavioral health, and other urgent community needs, California’s public hospital systems serve a disproportionate share of uninsured people and patients with complex health care needs. These institutions are inherently vulnerable to the shifting needs of local, state, and federal forces. Public hospitals must balance their responsiveness to often divergent and […]

Webinar – Patient-Centered Strategy: A Learning System for Better Care

Managing vision and purpose with strategic agility has never been more important for healthcare leaders in a turbulent and transforming industry. We know that our old mental models and systems for strategic planning are insufficient; yet in our early attempts to translate the lean-based system of hoshin planning into strategy deployment, the essence of strategy […]

The Toyota Production System: What Does It Mean, And What Does It Mean For Health Care?

In a new blog post for Health Affairs, the Center’s John Toussaint, MD, joins CMS’ Patrick Conway, MD, and Center Board Member Stephen Shortell of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, to address claims made in the recent New England Journal of Medicine article, “Medical Taylorism,” that the Toyota Production System and lean healthcare […]

Learning to be Lean

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  A hospital’s staff discovers improving efficiency isn’t easy by Sabriya Rice CHICAGO ON A WEDNESDAY MORNING early last month, a dozen nurses, housekeepers, surgical technicians and surgical assistants at Presence Health’s Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center are running behind in their hunt for ways to save time on the hospital’s busy surgical floor. […]

Lean: A Comprehensive Approach To The Transformation Our Health Care System Needs

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By Patricia Gabow and Patrick H. Conway August 13, 2015 Many approaches to improving value in our health system focus on specific issues involving care delivery models such as optimizing primary care, coordinating care transitions, facilitating the care of the high need/high use patients, or reducing unnecessary readmissions. While improvement in specific areas will yield benefits […]