Winning Awards in Health Care with Lean

Piedmont Newnan Hospital has been selected as a winner of the 2008 VHA, Inc. Georgia Regional Leadership Awards in Operational Excellence for its improvements in the operating room that increased patient care and improved patient and physician satisfaction. The improvements resulted from “lean” assistance provided by Georgia Tech’s Healthcare Performance Group.

A cross-functional team of hospital employees, working with Georgia Tech specialists, identified three rapid process improvement areas, and with implementation of lean techniques they decreased operating room turnaround times and increased its utilization. Lean principles, first
used in manufacturing, are now being effectively employed in health care and office environments.

To learn more about the Healthcare Performance Group, contact Jennifer Lingenfelter (404.386.7472, ude.hcetag.etavonninull@retlefnegnil.nnej).

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