Slow, Methodical, Lean

GARY PASSAMA | March 3, 2016

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For several years now, NorthBay Healthcare has been on a “Lean” journey, a trip that began when I attended a one-day session on Lean principles in health care for beginners.The most compelling speaker that day was Mark Graban, author of “Lean Hospitals – Improving Quality, Patient Safety and Employee Engagement.” The title of that book, while not a complete definition of Lean, gives you an indication of the objectives of Lean.

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