Training Lean Leaders to Continue the Quality Improvement Journey

Starting this month, health care providers, physicians, leaders, and staff are participating in a series of training sessions and focused quality improvement events to ensure Lean becomes embedded in our health system as we strive to improve access, quality, safety and sustainability.

We will be including patients and families in all our improvement efforts. So far, the health system has launched more than 200 Lean initiatives, achieving tremendous savings, quality improvement and efficiencies.

For this fiscal year, our Lean improvement efforts are focused on strategic priority areas including the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative (improve surgical wait times and the entire surgical experience), primary health care, safety and shared services. Major capital projects are also 2012-13 Lean priorities, including the new Children’s Hospital and Moose Jaw regional hospital. By using Lean in facility design we will enhance quality and safety, reduce waits and improve the experience for patients, families and healthcare providers.

Representatives from all health regions and some external agencies (e.g. the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses and the Saskatchewan Medical Association) will participate in these training waves.

Over the next four years, 880 health care leaders will be certified in Lean and more than 1,000 focused quality improvement events involving front-line staff, physicians and patients will be undertaken in multiple areas of the health system, in order to improve the patient experience and reduce error.

– Originally published in Transforming Health Care Through Lean – Summer 2012.


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