Stuff I’m Reading, April 4, 2012: Staffing Levels, Death Rates, Student Projects

Here are links to some more articles I’ve read recently that might be of interest on a number of Lean related topics:

  • THE MORE THE MERRIER (The New Yorker) – “But there’s a strong case to be made that corporate America’s fetish for cost-cutting has gone too far.”
  • Hospital performance rewards fail to cut death rates (Journal-Sentinel) – “Measuring outcomes is more difficult than measuring processes, but measures of outcomes are becoming more common.”
  • Student Aid: Class works with Union Hospital on student projects (Indiana State) – “An ISU operations management class teamed with hospital employees for multiple projects that helped the students become green belt certified in Lean Six Sigma, an industry-recognized method for problem-solving and continuous improvement.”
  • Plan for a new children’s hospital  ( – “Other world-class hospitals such as Seattle Children’s in the US concentrated on patient flow when constructing the design of its new hospital, incorporating Lean Thinking into their plans.”

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus.

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    Feedback via facebook from Isaac:

    “Mark, I’m really enjoying these Stuff I’m Reading post. I hope this starts to be reoccurring section on your blog.”

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