Category Archives: Healthcare Value Network

“Too Busy to Walk the Gemba”

It’s not exactly uncommon for lean newcomers to view it as an additional burden on already-crammed schedules. And that’s certainly not uncommon for healthcare executives whose days are consistently packed with meetings, email correspondence, paperwork, compliance assurance and more. Chris Weisbrod has seen many healthcare leaders even refuse to go on simple gemba walks, claiming […]

Lean Success and the Power of Networks

Posted on by Paul Pejsa

When healthcare organizations take the bold step to embark on a lean transformation, the results they anticipate are based on one thing: improving patient outcomes. At Catalysis we first began helping hospital administrators understand and implement lean principles in 2008, before lean was truly proven in the industry. Dr. John Toussaint, founder and CEO of […]

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: A Lean Journey Toward Patient Engagement

Posted on by CATALYSIS

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation for Health Care, Research and Education (PAMF) is a not-for-profit health care organization serving the health needs of more than 700,000 patients and countless area residents who live in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties in California. PAMF is part of the Peninsula Coastal Region of Sutter […]

Five Changes Great Leaders Make to Develop an Improvement Culture

Posted on by CATALYSIS

Optimizing leadership skills is more important than ever, given a fast-changing health care environment rife with competitive new services such as CVS MinuteClinics, virtual second-opinion specialty shops, and offshore 24-hour radiology reading services. To adapt, and survive, organizations must take advantage of every bit of institutional talent. But this can happen only if leaders first […]

St. Mary’s General Hospital: A Healthcare Transformation Success Story

Posted on by CATALYSIS

Located in the heart of Kitchener, Ontario, St. Mary’s General Hospital is the second-largest acute care hospital in the St. Joseph’s Health System. Since 1924, the organization has been a cornerstone in the community, providing patient-centered care. Today its team of 2,000 physicians, professionals and volunteers serve a population of more than 700,000 people. A […]

Healthcare Value Network Member St. Mary’s No. 1 After Acting on Flow of Staff Ideas

Posted on by CATALYSIS

Originally posted at Waterloo Region Record By Johanna Weidner WATERLOO REGION — St. Mary’s General Hospital ranked first in Canada in a comparison of patient survival rates. Grand River Hospital also ranked in the Top 10, and Cambridge Memorial Hospital came in under the provincial average after being well above last year. “Patients can be […]

UC Berkeley School of Public Health Opens New Center for Lean Engagement and Research in Healthcare

Posted on by CATALYSIS

NEWS RELEASE For More Information: Chuck Grothaus 612-770-0026 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UC BERKELEY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH OPENS NEW CENTER FOR LEAN ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH IN HEALTHCARE   Funded By ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, Rona Consulting Group and Lean Enterprise Institute, New Center Will Study Lean Healthcare Management Strategies BERKELEY, CALIF. – October 13, […]

Planet Lean Profiles James Hereford, a Charismatic Lean COO at this Third Healthcare Transformation

Posted on by CATALYSIS

By: Roberto Priolo, Planet Lean Most leaders interested in lean have to learn how to become teachers, a very difficult process not everybody is able to complete. Hereford learned to be a teacher right at the beginning of his career, which – he admits – is an advantage. According to him, what’s changed in his […]