Lean's Expanding Presence
HealthEast Applies Lean Concepts to Cut Waste and Improve Efficiencies
Long rooted in manufacturing industry processes, lean principles are now gaining popularity in new markets as well. A prime example is found in Twin Cities-based HealthEast Care System's emerging lean transformation, featured in the upcoming issue of Enterprise Minnesota magazine to be published on Jan. 23.
President and CEO Kathryn Correia, who oversees the $1 billion integrated health care system, says its lean journey was ignited by a tour of window manufacturer Andersen Windows last spring. Correia and 15 colleagues were so impressed with the company's manufacturing system that they hired its lean expert, Didier Rabino, to bring similar efficiencies to HealthEast.
In his four months as Lean Sensei at HealthEast, Rabino has established small groups throughout the HealthEast system that meet daily to brainstorm improvement opportunities. When major inefficiencies were identified in the process of transferring patients who are leaving the hospital and entering home care, Rabino created a cross-departmental team that spent a week identifying the steps involved in the process, and analyzing what steps might be eliminated, combined, moved or simplified. One week later, they established a new process that eliminates departmental silos in favor of collaborative work cells.
HealthEast's lean efforts are in part a response to unsustainable cost increases in U.S. health care, which has been a hot button political issue on both sides of the aisle. According to a September 2012 Institute of Medicine report, Americans spent about $2.6 billion on health care in 2011, as much as $690 billion of which was attributable to waste and inefficiencies. While the implications of ObamaCare remain uncertain, Correia says lean is one way the company can take action now to serve patients better and remain competitive.
"If we create a community of problem solvers that work every day to create more value for patients, we will not only survive, but we will thrive," she says. "We need to take the waste out, remove costs and improve value for the whole community."
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Sauk Rapids Lens Maker Sold: Will Retain Name and All 140 Workers
X-Cel Optica has been sold to Essilor, a large French optical company with U.S. headquarters in Dallas. X-Cel will retain its name and the 140 employees
who work for it.
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Enterprise Minnesota Looking for Service Delivery Consultant
Enterprise Minnesota is seeking a talented business professional to join its statewide team.
MnTAP Taking Proposals for Summer Program
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is currently seeking
project proposals from Minnesota businesses for its 2013 summer intern
program. Businesses interested in reducing waste and improving energy
efficiency are encouraged to apply for an intern. Each year, the
interns are chosen based upon their outstanding educational background
and leadership capabilities. . Projects should focus
on identifying specific options for reducing waste and increasing energy
efficiency. Proposals are due to MnTAP by Feb.1.
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