Podcast #257 – Tania Lyon, #Lean at St. Clair Hospital & @KaiNexus

Tania Lyon

My guest for episode #257 is somebody I've known for a while in the Lean healthcare community, Tania Lyon. She's the Director of Organizational Performance Improvement at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh. She has a PhD in sociology (like Jeff Liker, author of the Toyota Way book series) and she initially got involved with Lean through PRHI, a common connection to previous podcast guests Paul O'Neill and Naida Grunden.

St. Clair is a KaiNexus customer and Tania has played a major role in their rollout of our software to support their ongoing spread of continuous improvement. Regular readers of the blog know my part time role with KaiNexus, as the VP of Improvement and Innovation Services.

We initially recorded this to be a podcast and blog posts for our customers, but I thought this was a conversation that would be of interest to a wider audience, as we're talking mainly about Lean and improvement strategies, with a little bit of KaiNexus talk thrown in.

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For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/257.

Topics & links for this episode:

  • Tania's YouTube channel
  • An article from the KaiNexus blog with her comments at last year's User Conference about getting started with continuous improvement
  • Tell us about your background and your role at St. Clair Hospital…
  • How long has St. Clair been actively pursuing a culture of continuous improvement? What's the history of improvement at the organization?
  • What's your method for spreading improvement (and KaiNexus) in your organization?
  • You're randomly selecting a monthly gift card winner from all submitted improvements… What's the value in making it random? What feedback have you gotten?
  • How much of your organization was actively engaged in improvement before you rolled out KaiNexus, and how does that compare to today? What is your goal?
  • How do you use KaiNexus filters to get the right improvements in front of the right people?

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Videos with Tania Lyon:

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.



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