Mark Graban is one of the most respected voices in the Lean world. He is the founder and driving force behind Lean Blog, (http://www.leanblog.org/blog/) a vibrant site he continuously updates with compelling information and analysis about lean in health care. Mark’s new book, Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements (co-authored with Joseph E. Swartz), is a must read for anyone on a Lean journey. At Virginia Mason, the concept of kaizen, which Mark and Joe write about so well in the new book, is ingrained in the organization’s cultural DNA. … The real goal of Lean in health care, they write, is cultural transformation. This is an essential insight. At Virginia Mason, the work of adapting the Toyota Production System to health care in the form of the Virginia Mason Production System has cultural transformation at its core. This sort of change is anything but easy. Culture, as the saying goes, tends to eat strategy for lunch. But cultural change is transformative.. … Mark and Joe understand the patience required to do this work well. They recognize the power of the sort of continuous incremental improvement at the heart of the Toyota Production System. … The book is highly detailed and includes helpful discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
—Virginia Mason Medical Center Blog, Could this new book help drive your Lean journey?
Read the full review at: http://virginiamasonblog.org/2012/09/05/could-this-new-book-help-drive-your-lean-journey/
I hope you will discover, as we have, the incredible creativity that can be derived by engaging and supporting each and every employee in improvements that they themselves lead.
—Robert (Bob) J. Brody, CEO, Franciscan St. Francis Health
Front line staff must know, understand, embrace and drive Kaizen and its tools to achieve incremental and continuous improvements. This book will help health care organizations around the world begin and advance their journey.
—Gary Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Chairman of the Board, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Healthcare leaders need to read this book to understand that their management role must radically change to one of supporting daily kaizen if quality safety and cost are to improve in healthcare.
The healthcare industry is in the midst of truly fundamental change, and those organizations that engage their front line staff … will be well positioned to thrive in a post-reform environment.
Healthcare Kaizen is a practical guide for healthcare leaders aspiring to engage frontline staff in true continuous improvement. Graban and Swartz skillfully illustrate how to foster and support daily continuous improvement in health care settings.
—John E. Billi, MD, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan
I hope everyone reads this book and recommits to the fundamentals of Lean, particularly the involvement of frontline staff in process redesign.
Kaizen has marvelously engaged so many of our staff and enabled them to improve the world around them to the benefit of staff, patients and community.
Mark Graban and Joseph Swartz present a clear pathway for successful Lean practice inHealthcare Kaizen. This should be on every healthcare systems reading list.
—David Munch, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Healthcare Performance Partners
Mark and Joe provide real-life examples of how those who do the work provide ideas for small changes that add up to BIG results. Healthcare Kaizen is a must for leaders whose focus is the patient and how to effectively and efficiently deliver quality and safety with improved outcomes.
—Betty Brown, MBA MSN RN CPHQ FNAHQ, President, National Association for Healthcare Quality
Using examples from Franciscan Health and other forward-thinking medical groups, the book contains valuable strategies for organization-wide cultural transformation to create an more efficient, patient-centered healthcare system dedicated to continuous quality improvement.
This inspirational book is packed with examples and is informed by the authors’ years of experience on the ‘front-lines’ themselves, helping leading healthcare organizations around the world to build successful kaizen programs.
—Alan G. Robinson, PhD, Professor, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts; and Author of Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution Is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations
At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, everybody improving every day is a critical aspect of our Lean and quality improvement efforts. Healthcare Kaizen, is full of relatable examples as well as practical ideas that will inspire staff, clinicians and leaders at all levels.
—Alice Lee, Vice President, Business Transformation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
InHealthcare Kaizen, Mark and Joe remind us of the great power of daily problem solving. The story of Franciscan St. Francis Health is compelling, where leaders created the opportunity for great people at the frontline making great improvements for patient care.
—Michel Tétreault, MD, President and CEO, Bruce Roe, MD, Chief Medical Officer, St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Canada
I have learned that respect for the people who work for you is key to any transformation. Mark Graban and Joseph Swartz do a great job of capturing this truth in their book… This book is a long needed addition to my growing lean healthcare library.
The vision of a world in which our healthcare institutions operate with a universal discipline of relentless, patient-centered improvement remains a vitally important yet distant dream. InHealthcare Kaizen, Mark Graban and Joseph Swartz illustrate just how to make that dream a reality.
—Matthew E. May, Author of The Elegant Solution and The Laws of Subtraction
The philosophy, tools and techniques discussed in the book work, and work well, in any environment. We in healthcare must improve – we owe it to our patients and communities – and Mark and Joe are helping to show us the way.
—Dean Bliss, Lean Improvement Advisor, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
What Mark Graban and Joseph Swartz have done inHealthcare Kaizen is to bring hope and light to a part of our society that is facing increasing challenges. Healthcare Kaizen will be a reference on the subject for many years to come.
—Jon Miller, CEO, Kaizen Institute
Hopefully this book will become a blueprint for healthcare organizations everywhere that truly want to be great!
Fixing health care may be our generation’s great test. We’ll need to engage all the good people who currently work in broken systems. Mark and Joe have helped to show us how.
Graban and Swartz present the kaizen philosophy in the most accessible way I’ve seen yet. THIS is the missing link in healthcare reform.
—Karen Martin, Author of The Outstanding Organization and The Kaizen Event Planner
In this new book, Graban and Swartz offer a new and innovative approach towards improving the healthcare delivery system. Unlike previous attempts by too many others, the book introduces the reader to the concept of “Kaizen”, often described as the source of Toyota’s transformation into an auto giant, acclaimed worldwide for its quality and service. The timing for the publication could not be better. … Focusing on ‘Kaizen Theory’, the book is illustratively rich in theory and applications. … The reader is introduced to concepts, tools, and exercises that foster creativity and innovation. Graban and Swartz present vivid examples to illustrate visibility, participation and accountability. … Every reader will find great value in this publication. In closing, we look forward to their next book … .
—Miguel Burbano and Whitney Churchill, writing on www.neenan.com
About the Author
Joseph E. Swartz is the Director of Business Transformation for Franciscan St. Francis Health of Indianapolis, IN. He has been leading continuous improvement efforts for 18 years, including 7 years in healthcare, and has led more than 200 Lean and Six Sigma improvement projects. Joseph is the co-author of Seeing David in the Stone and was previously an instructor at the University of Wisconsin. Joseph earned an MS in Management from Purdue University as a Krannert Scholar for academic excellence.