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).

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

Our Lean Practitioner Accelerator bridge course is an option for those who have earned a Lean Yellow or Green Belt.


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

As the second course in the Lean First certification track, Advanced Lean Practitioner requires participants to take on broader responsibilities to ensure that successful solutions spread across the organization.

Prerequisite: Lean Practitioner Certification


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

Lean Leader is planned for launch in 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.


Please Contact Mark Clare if your organization is interested in providing input on, or participating in, our upcoming Six Sigma Data Science and/or Lean Leader pilot programs.

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Mark Clare
Mark Clare
Principal Advisor-Strategic Initiatives

The kinds of results that some of these Critical Access Hospital (CAH) teams were able to produce [with PHA guidance] tell us that Lean healthcare methodologies can be applied successfully throughout the healthcare industry.

— Don Kelso, Executive Director, Indiana Rural Health Association

My experience with Lean Healthcare training through PHA has helped me to be the "voice of reason" during times of high stress as a hospital administrator. We use Lean techniques in a variety of ways. They have been increasingly useful in our quest to obtain full Meaningful Use of our IT system. We have also utilized Lean in the implementation of our new daVinci Robotic system to efficiently turn over the rooms. The Lean process breaks down a complicated job and shows us where we need to focus to get the most value not only for the facility, but also for our patients.

— Theresa Herman, M.D., CMO, CQO, Dupont Hospital


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