Lean Healthcare Transformation Initiative


Enrollment Status: Full/closed


Indiana State SealPurdue Healthcare Advisors is working with 15 Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospitals in Indiana on a three-year, no-cost Lean Healthcare Transformation initiative. The quality-improvement training, coaching and project facilitation under this 2015-2018 grant will focus on leadership development in a lean organization; utilizing value streams for a systematic approach to improvement; and improving care delivery while systematically reducing cost.

Year 1: Foundations of Improvement Management — Leadership development in a lean organization; project identification and selection; coaching; quantifying project impact; metrics development. 

Year 2: Value Stream Management — Utilizing value streams for a systematic approach to improvement; strategic planning; gemba walks. Year in review

Year 3: Operational Excellence — Improving care delivery while systematically reducing cost; waste reduction. Year in review

Year 4: Certification of Lean Offices — Funding has been extended for the purpose of standing up Certified Lean Offices in participating hospitals. This will allow PHA to help the 14 participating hospitals build their coaching model, establish lean offices, and develop lean leadership to sustain their work. Funding also was expanded to allow PHA to recruit additional hospitals for a two-year, Five-Hospital Cohort focused on establishing lean in their organizations.

Funding: The program is funded by the Indiana State Office of Rural Health (INSORH) through the Medicare Rural Hospital Flex Grant Program.


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