Leveraging Lean in Healthcare: Transforming Your Enterprise into a High Quality Patient Care Delivery System

1st Edition

Charles Protzman, George Mayzell, Joyce Kerpchar

Productivity Press
Published December 21, 2010
Reference - 402 Pages - 230 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439813850 - CAT# K10715

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Winner of a 2013 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award

This practical guide for healthcare executives, managers, and frontline workers, provides the means to transform your enterprise into a High-Quality Patient Care Business Delivery System. Designed for continuous reference, its self-contained chapters are divided into three primary sections:

  • Defines what Lean is and includes some interesting history about Lean not found elsewhere.
  • Describes and explains the application of each Lean tool and concept organized in their typical order of use.
  • Explains how to implement Lean in various healthcare processes—providing examples, case studies, and valuable lessons learned 

This book will help to take you out of your comfort zone and provide you with new ways to extend value to your customers. It drives home the importance of the Lean Six Sigma journey. The pursuit of continuous improvement is a journey with no end. Consequently, the opportunities are endless as to what you and your organization can accomplish.

Forty percent of the authors’ profits from this book will be donated to help the homeless through two Baltimore charities.

Praise for the book:

…  well-timed and highly informative for those committed to creating deep levels of sustainable change in healthcare.
— Peter B. Angood, MD, FACS, FCCM, Senior Advisor – Patient Safety, in National Quality Forum

… the most practical and healthcare applicable book I have ever read on LEAN thinking and concepts.
— Gary Shorb, CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

... well written ... an essential reference in the library of all healthcare leaders interested in performance improvement.
— Lee M. Adler, DO, VP, Quality and Safety Innovation & Research, Florida Hospital, Orlando; Associate Professor, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

… a must read for all Leadership involved in healthcare. … I can see reading this book over and over.
— Brigit Zamora, BSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, Administrative Nurse Manager, Florida Hospital, Orlando


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