By Kathleen Munro, BSN, RN; Veronica Palustra, MSN, RN; and Lilian Wu, MSN, RN
Team celebrates 284 minutes, exceeding the goal! Left to right: Chris Tarver, Colleen Panec, Roberta Hernandez, Lilian Wu, Kathleen Munro, Jeanne Lee, Linda Copeland, Alicia Potolsky, Carolina Nader and Lotta Mae Alba.
In today's cost-conscious environment, hospitals are striving to do less with more. Many are attracted to lean, a philosophy that emphasizes the creation of value and elimination of waste. However, becoming a lean organization takes time and requires a great deal of dedication from administration, providers and staff.
That being said, the journey to lean need not take decades. The experience of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., shows it's possible to achieve meaningful change relatively quickly using lean methodology.