Lean solutions for hospitals, clinics and other healthcare providers

We are experts at combining assessment, coaching, training and delivery to meet your immediate operational needs and long-term goals

Process Improvement

An engagement with Purdue Healthcare Advisors always starts off with a strategy discussion to determine how we can best create value by fostering lean skills within your organization. We'll follow this with a deployment plan (usually a combination of training, Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs), and project management) to build lean capability in your organization and conclude with a solid plan to ensure that improvements are sustained and continue to be refined. See our Three Building Blocks of Lean.

Organizations that link strategy, deployment and continuous improvement have the most success with lean.

Purdue Healthcare Advisors provides a combination of assessment, coaching, training and delivery that will meet your immediate operational needs and long-term goals. We have more than 10 years of experience using lean to improve patient flow; reduce hospital acquired conditions; enhance patient satisfaction; and make other improvements that drive quality and revenue up and cost down. See some of our case studies.

We work with individual clinics and hospitals, entire health systems, and even participate in regional and national programs such as Partnership for Patients. For example, we currently are guiding 15 critical access and rural hospitals through a three-year lean implementation initiative thanks to funding from the Indiana State Office of Rural Health.


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Download Flyer buttonLean First educates participants with a combination of classroom core training, remote coaching, project work, and participation in an online Community of Practice for Operational Excellence in Healthcare


Plans, delivers and facilitates-to-closure Kaizen and Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs).

As the entry course in the Lean First certification track, the Lean Practitioner course requires participants to facilitate 1-5 day improvement events and ensure that Lean Daily Improvement (LDI) becomes a habit at the point of service. 

For those who have earned a Lean Yellow or Green Belt, the Lean Practitioner Accelerator bridge course allows participants to achieve Lean Practitioner certification in half the classroom training time.


Facilitates Value Stream Management and complex RIEs to ensure that successful solutions spread across the organization. 

As the second course in the Lean First certification track, the Advanced Lean Practitioner course requires participants to  take on broader responsibilities and facilitate Value Stream Management; complex Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs); and ensure that successful solutions spread across the organization.

Prerequisite: Lean Practitioner Certification


Offers the most advanced lean skills and experience to plan and facilitate organization-wide adoption of lean thinking, management systems and culture.

As third and final course in the Lean First certification track, the Lean Leader is planned for launch in early 2017.

Prerequisite: Advanced Lean Practitioner Certification


Lean Daily Improvement (LDI) is a continuous improvement process run at the point of service. Through this training, participants will learn how to choose a key performance metric; collect and display data visually; run team huddles to get to root causes; assign corrective actions; and keep the process moving. Training for a Lean Daily Improvement Facilitator certification will presented through three (3) online learning modules to be taken at your pace to earn micro-credentials in the form of digital education badges from Purdue University.

Purdue Next LogoLDI coursework is presented through Purdue NExT, an online platform that enhances the way individuals learn and interact online. Powered by Purdue University’s cloud-based platform, students gain quick access to courses that focus on skill-based professional development. This approach to online learning teaches learners how to master specific marketable skills that they can immediately apply to their profession.


Please let us know if your organization is interested in providing input on, or participating in, the following pilot programs:

  • Green Belt for Six Sigma Data Science, which is planned for launch in late summer 2016. 
  • Lean Leader, which is planned for launch in early 2017.

Contact Mark Clare directly to express your interest.

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