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Lean Healthcare Transformation Initiative

About the Program

Since 2015, the Lean Healthcare Transformation Initiative (LHTI) works with Indiana Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Hospitals (RHs), Behavioral Health Organizations (BHOs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to identify areas of “waste” or inefficiencies, and to eliminate anything that did not add value for patients. The intent of this state-funded grant is to develop lean thinking within the organizations by applying PHA's Lean First methodology. 

  • PY1 provides a foundation for improvement management and introduced improvement events
  • PY2 utilizes value stream analysis and strategic planning for a systematic approach to improvement
  • PY3 introduces the tools of Lean Leadership and Lean Daily Improvement (LDI)
  • PY4 guides participants to stand up their own Certified Lean Office

Five organizations were certified lean by PHA for demonstrated competencies in facilitating and sustaining process improvement for increased efficiency and improved patient care.

Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Ind., awarded Lean Office-Basic Level certification.

Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Ind., awarded Lean Office-Basic Level certification.

Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Ind., awarded Lean Office-Basic Level certification.

Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Ind., awarded Lean Office-Basic Level certification.

Franciscan Health Rensselaer in Rensselaer, Ind., awarded Lean Office-Advanced Level certification.

Franciscan Health Rensselaer in Rensselaer, Ind., awarded Lean Office-Advanced Level certification.

Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola, Ind., were awarded Lean Office-Advanced Level certification.

Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola, Ind., were awarded Lean Office-Advanced Level certification.

Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, Ind., awarded Lean Office-Advanced Level certification.

Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, Ind., awarded Lean Office-Advanced Level certification.

Contact

Melanie Cline

RN, MSN, LPC

PHA Director & RCHE Assistant Director

317-389-0530

cline3@purdue.edu

Funding for this project was made possible by Flex funding, HRSA Grant # H54RH00042, from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the Indiana State Office of Rural Health.


Learn more about the impact of this program by viewing the following:

Webinar: Effective Implementation of Lean Methodologies in Rural Healthcare (PHA webinar presentation for the National Rural Health Association)

Webinar: Lean Healthcare Transformation Initiative: A Case Study on Two Critical Access Hospitals (PHA webinar presentation for the National Rural Health Association)


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