Short post today – the sole purpose is to point you to a great Rhode Island Public Radio story by Megan Hall. She visited VIBCO after I mentioned them to her in a comment on her blog (which I discovered because she wrote about my good friend Paul Levy – check out his new book, it’s excellent).
Megan visited VIBCO, an outstanding Lean Manufacturing company and also visited Rhode Island Hospital. Check out her radio piece (and a transcript) here: “RI Hospital learning from manufacturing industry.”
You can also see VIBCO president Karl Wadensten talking with Megan on his Lean Nation internet TV show.
From Megan’s piece:
Dr. Timothy Babineau is the president and CEO of Rhode Island Hospital. He says there are lots of parallels between VIBCO’s experience ant challenges faced by the health care industry.
“Folks at VIBCO had done things the same way for year after year after year without ever questioning if it was the best way to do something and I think in health care we often suffer from that same syndrome,” he says.
Babineau first heard about lean when he was the vice president of the University of Maryland Medical Center. When he moved up to Rhode Island, he wanted to implement the concepts here. So he looked around for a place where his management team could see the ideas in action.
So Babineau loaded a bunch of Rhode Island Hospital employees into a bus and they drove down to the VIBCO factory. Two years later, Rhode Island Hospital is slowly applying the ideas it saw at the factory.
See my previous video podcast interview with Karl.
Video of Karl and Megan:
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.