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Category Archives: Healthcare Value Network

Improving Governance Through Gemba Walks

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Hospital board members can sometimes feel isolated from the rest of the organization. Even under ideal circumstances – they receive good data and information from the senior leadership team and during board meetings have great discussions about the organization’s True North measures – they may still feel disconnected, depending on the size of the organization and […]

How a U.S. Health Care System Uses 15-Minute Huddles to Keep 23 Hospitals Aligned

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A core challenge of management is to ensure that the organization’s priorities, strategies, and metrics are consistently embraced and that any impediments are identified and addressed quickly. At Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, ensuring the alignment of all these things to provide extraordinary care requires a constant regimented focus across our 23 hospitals, 170 clinics, and […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Overcoming Obstacles in the Lean Journey

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Rarely is the path of a lean journey straight and clear. That’s the message from St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, where they confidently declare they’ve achieved a still too rare milestone: a culture of continuous improvement. This culture is one that they’re committed to evolving and improving every day—and that is embedded in […]

Sustained Performance Improvement Requires Culture of Excellence

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By using a systematic approach to build a culture of continuous improvement and implement Lean principles, health systems can dramatically boost operational performance in quality, safety, and other domains. This article highlights work done by two Catalysis Healthcare Value Network members:  Salem Health and St. Mary’s General Hospital. Interviewed for this article: Debbie Goodwin, RN, […]

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Cuts Readmissions by 58% Using Email to Coordinate Care

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Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, a member of the Catalysis Healthcare Value Network, shares a big win in cutting readmissions. It might even seem overly simple, but using an email approach to care coordination between physicians can not only improve outcomes and provider satisfaction, but also have a fairly profound impact on readmissions, according to a […]