Joining me for episode #180 of the Lean Blog Podcast is Dan Florizone, who served from 2008 until last month as Deputy Minister of Health in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Dan has just recently transitioned into his new role as the Deputy Minister of Education and he will also focus on the application of Lean principles across all departments of the government.
Dan previously had over 25 years of healthcare management experience, including a five-year stint as CEO of the Five Hills Health Region. Dan and I first met a few years back when we were at a Lean healthcare conference hosted by Cindy Jimmerson. I really enjoyed talking with Dan and have closely followed the Lean healthcare transformation work being done in the province.
In the episode, we talk about Dan's introduction to Lean, his 2005 visit to Seattle to learn more, and how Lean is part of their “patient first” model. Lean has been a shift from “traditional cost cutting” to a “patient-centered, not provider-centered” approach to care. Lean has helped change their leadership model, where “the barrier to our change was thinking,” as Dan says.
For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/180.
You can also listen via Stitcher.
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Additional links and info:
- Saskatchewan Intro to Lean Healthcare page
- PROVINCE ACCELERATES LEAN JOURNEY TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE
- LeanBlog.org post: CBC on Lean in Saskatchewan Hospitals
- LeanBlog.org post: Lean in a Moose Jaw Hospital
- LeanBlog.org post referencing “lean design” work in Saskatchewan
- Follow Trish Livingstone (@LeanSaskHealth) on Twitter
Videos of Dan Florizone:
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