Naida Grunden, a professional writer for over 20 years, has spent the past decade describing how the Toyota-based Lean philosophy can transform American healthcare. Naida has written numerous articles, speeches and legislative testimony.

Podcast:An excerpt of The Visual Workplace, Work that Makes Sense, with Gwendolyn Galsworth, PhD, April 17, 2012.

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Modern Healthcare Interview with Naida Grunden and Charles Hagood in Las Vegas



Lean-Led Hospital Design: Creating the Efficient Hospital of the Future
By Naida Grunden and Charles Hagood

Hospitals across the country are adopting Lean to improve their processes. Can we create a hospital environment that continuously improves, too?

Lean-Led Hospital Design describes how, from the earliest possible concept phase, Lean ideas and processes can improve the efficiency of hospital design, and support better and better processes.

A must-read for any hospital leader or staff member involved in hospital expansion or building, as well as architects, engineers and construction managers.

As new legislation encourages hospitals to compete on quality, hospitals must find new ways to provide consistently efficient and excellent care to every patient—at greatly reduced cost.

Fortunately, one approach is showing promise in improving quality and reducing cost: Toyota-based Lean principles of respect, continuous improvement and waste reduction.

If Lean is starting to change how hospitals are run, it is also starting to change how they are built.

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The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare: Improving Patient Care Using Toyota-based Methods

The debate is over: we know how to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and cost of American health care. Proof started coming in when, in 2001, a small Pittsburgh nonprofit persuaded regional hospitals to experiment with ideas from the world’s most efficient company—Toyota.

Applying industrial principles to healthcare sounded unorthodox, until hospital after hospital began to post dramatic, sustained improvements. The Pittsburgh experiment proved the case for Lean in healthcare. This book describes the nitty-gritty of how Lean looks at the frontline, in real hospitals.

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