I am encouraged to see healthcare leaders looking beyond the ways they have always done things in the past to implementing
innovative solutions such as Lean to curb the industry's skyrocketing costs, poor quality, nursing shortages and employee
dissatisfaction; all symptoms of deeper problems inherent in the system itself. Today's forward looking healthcare providers
have realized the financial and moral imperatives for improving quality and safety and eliminating waste as strategies for
responding to their pressing challenges. Lean Healthcare (adapted from the Toyota Production System) is not just for manufacturing
or another short-term fix; it's a way to transform an entire organization into a safe and high-quality, high-performing healthcare
delivery system. If implemented properly, it can be the "how to" for managing change and creating continuous improvement.