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LeanBlog Podcast #80 – Joan Wellman, Lean in Healthcare


This episode is a discussion with Joan Wellman, of the consulting firm Joan Wellman & Associates. Joan is a real pioneer in the lean healthcare arena, having started her initial work with a hospital in 1995 — I haven't found anybody who started this work earlier. We first met in Seattle a few months back and I'm thrilled to bring you this discussion about the early days of lean healthcare and her thoughts on the potential for the future.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

  1. Jeanne says

    Joan Wellman is one of the best consultants I've ever worked with. She is tireless in her pursuit of healthcare transformation using lean principles. Shine on Joan! You rock so hard!

  2. […] In this case, the collaboration included my friends at Joan Wellman & Associates (listen to my podcast with Joan here). […]

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