Two years ago, Tucson Medical Center was accepted into the Healthcare Value Network, a prestigious association of health care organizations committed to continuous improvement efforts through the application of Lean management tools and philosophies.
Not only has that relationship allowed TMC to connect and share best practice with the 60 hospitals in the network, but it also affords us an important benefit: an assessment of where we are on our Lean journey and recommendations on how we can make the most impact in the next few years. The assessment, which will take place next week, will focus on 13 different areas of the hospital, including both clinical and nonclinical areas.
The networking group falls under the umbrella of ThedaCare, the Wisconsin-based health system that launched its Lean journey more than 10 years ago. Thedacare’s early efforts not only drove quality improvements, but also drove $20 million in efficiencies in those first few years.
The assessment of TMC’s progress will take place just days after TMC wraps up hosting the organization’s Southwest Regional Meeting. Leaders from 20 hospitals throughout the Southwest – all in varying stages on their Lean journeys – will gather to share ideas and see how TMC is using Lean to drive measurable improvements throughout the hospital.
“We’re looking forward to hearing from all the hospitals in attendance about their successes and opportunities,” said Lean Transformation Officer Cheryl Young. “We’re hoping this shared learning will provide some actionable ideas for attendees as well as for TMC.”