Stability and continuity in leadership play important roles in the performance and survival of any organization. Because of the unique mission and specialized workforce of hospitals, stability and continuity at the helm of these health care institutions are especially important. The ever-changing landscape of government regulations, reimbursement reductions, technological advancements, cybersecurity threats, and making new drugs available to patients makes health care even more complicated. Changes in landscape and in top leadership occur frequently in the nation’s hospitals, and these changes can negatively affect the hospitals and their patients. Fortunately, Lean Six Sigma in healthcare can help improve health care by offering
Maybe you’ve heard of Lean. It’s the name we give the philosophies, tools, and systems originally developed by Toyota to build highly reliable and consistent cars. Lean isn’t just for cars, though. It’s been adopted by thousands of companies worldwide and is a proven catalyst for improving quality, reducing costs, and boosting employee morale. It’s sister discipline, Six Sigma, developed at Motorola in the 1980s and popularized at General Electric in the 1990s, leverages statistical tools to understand and improve business processes. Together, Lean and Six Sigma (typically called “Lean Six Sigma”) have proven to be a powerful driving force
In this blog, I am going to offer a few big-picture perspectives that can help you lower your cost to produce a pound of linen. I assure you these perspectives are nothing new, nor rocket science. The challenge lies in the implementation, of course, but this will hopefully lend some insight and direction. All too many times have I found laundries struggling to achieve success and they are just not focusing their energies in the correct areas. It is very easy to get wrapped up in daily minutia which will not provide bottom-line success. Of course, all laundry plants have
This time last year, I started my blog post with “It’s not new and it’s not old, healthcare organizations continue to make it a priority to evaluate their cost structure on an ongoing basis and identify opportunities to reduce spending while maintaining or improving patient outcomes. Hospitals continue to be under significant competitive pressure to reduce costs, improve quality, achieve superior outcomes, and enhance the patient experience.” Guess what? Nothing has changed. Today we will look at driving financial improvement through linen and laundry improvements. The Healthcare Laundry Industry The healthcare linen rental industry is estimated at $3 billion in
Declining reimbursements and the turbulent landscape of healthcare reform is forcing hospitals just like yours to scrutinize their spending and look for new ways to cut their hospital food service cost. Most institutions address challenges to their bottom lines by targeting their cost-saving efforts at the top spend categories, such as utilities and medical services. Others are beginning to look to other departments – namely their food service programs. Annual spending on food does not take up a large share of a hospital’s expenses; however, the rising cost of food will put an increasing burden on the hospital’s overall budget.
In this age of Healthcare cost reduction strategies, we have always been encouraged to look for the “low hanging fruit”. We all know, there is no such thing as low hanging fruit left out there. Most Healthcare institutions have already addressed these opportunities over the last several years and additional savings opportunities are much harder to obtain. However, I might suggest that one opportunity may exist and deserves your attention and consideration. Each of our Healthcare Systems have dozens, if not hundreds, of local community care facilities ranging from physician office buildings to surgery and urgent care delivery sites. Each