From the article about a planned hospital:
The district hopes to reduce the figure to $983 million over the next five years by delaying completion or only partly completing some buildings, and by hiring a construction-management company that specializes in “lean” building techniques.
I hope they mean “our Lean” — Lean, as in the Toyota Production System concepts. Does the construction company use Lean methods in construction (reducing delays and improving quality) or do they design so the hospital can be operated with Lean in mind (reducing travel distances for patients and staff, having properly sized and designed spaces)?
Hope they don't mean the colloquial “lean” — meaning “less space they need.”
Many hospitals *are* using Lean concepts in design or re-design. Some of those stories are covered in my book, particularly the case of LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis and the design of their new emergency space…
Has your hospital used Lean methods for design or re-design? Click “comments” to share your experiences. Do the architects usually “get it” or are you having to re-educate them what a “Lean Hospital” would look like?
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