1.5 Day Lean Executive Site Visit
April 25-26, 2013
4. 5 Day Lean Academy Training
May 20-24, 2013
I Want To
In 2005, Denver Health partnered with Simpler Healthcare™ to embrace the Toyota Production System's LEAN principles. The goal was to identify waste and improve efficiency. Denver's safety net hospital, with 525-licensed beds, was ready to undergo a cultural change that would allow them to remain financially stable and continue providing high quality patient care in the presence of uncompensated care and declining reimbursements. Since then, Denver Health has experienced unparalleled success integrating the LEAN philosophy into their culture.
Now, having mastered the philosophy, principles and tools of LEAN, Denver Health is set to assist other organizations in implementing this system. There is great potential for hospitals and healthcare systems across the nation to improve patient care and reduce inefficiency by utilizing this system for operational excellence. Together we can change the healthcare industry, making it safer and more efficient for patients.
Originally developed for the manufacturing industry, LEAN has great potential in the healthcare setting. Denver Health selected the LEAN methodology for the following reasons:
Among only a few hospitals in the nation to implement the LEAN principles, Denver Health utilizes a unique two-pronged approach:
Over the years, Denver Health has adopted a LEAN culture that exposes all employees to the basic principles of LEAN, and trains 50 new Black Belts annually. Currently, there are more than 200 Black Belts throughout Denver Health.