Lean-Led Hospital Design: Naida Grunden
April 17, 2012
Hosted by Gwendolyn D. Galsworth, Ph.D.
“Never in U.S. history has the subject of healthcare costs been so visible or so contentious….” Thus begins Naida Grunden’s groundbreaking new book, Lean-Led Hospital Design (Charles Hagood/co-author). This week on The Visual Workplace, Gwendolyn Galsworth, your host and visual workplace expert, interviews Ms. Grunden on her concept of lean-led hospital design and why she considers it is indispensable to minimizing soaring healthcare costs. Hear why, when asked “When do you build?“ Grunden responds: “Build when process improvement cannot take you any further.” In traditional hospital planning, the focus is on the architecture, not operations and merely imports and prolongs old systems and the chronic problems tied to them. Grunden offer us instead a way to construct a building that is borne out of continuous improvement. Tune in and here this fresh perspective on the power of a design paradigm that can take 40% of the building cost out before a shovel ever goes into the ground.
The Visual Workplace: Work That Makes Sense
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You’ve heard of the visual workplace. But do you really know what that means? And do you know the crucial role it plays in operational excellence? The Visual Workplace: Work That Makes Sense offers the best in practical tools, methods, and strategies for improvement leaders who want to apply workplace visuality and harness its remarkable cultural and bottom line contribution. Visuality: you can’t get to excellence without it. Each week, award-winning author and foremost visual workplace expert, Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth, targets new learning and applications through a range of formats—case studies, interviews with business leaders and topic experts, and interaction through listener call-ins and Q&A. Whether yours is a factory, hospital, military depot, bank, office or dry cleaners—get informed, get inspired, get visual. Listen to The Visual Workplace: Work That Makes Sense, airing live every Tuesday at 4 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.
Gwendolyn D. Galsworth, Ph.D.
Across 30 years of hands-on implementations, Gwendolyn Galsworth, Ph.D. has nearly single-handedly created the models, concepts, and methods of workplace visuality that define visual’s distinct and powerful contribution to enterprise excellence—and to sustainable cultural and bottom line results. Dr. Galsworth is president and founder of Quality Methods International (QMI), a training, research, and consulting firm—and the QMI/Visual-Lean® Institute, where you can get trained in nine core visual workplace courses. A Shingo Prize Examiner, Gwendolyn is the author of many DVDs and books, including Visual Workplace/Visual Thinking and Work That Makes Sense, both winners of the coveted Shingo Research Prize. Her on-demand webinars and off-the-shelf training packages are rich in content and insight, each containing scores of actual visual solutions. (For more information or to make a purchase, visit www.visualworkplace.com.) Most importantly, she has honed and tested her work in companies around the world—factories, banks, hospitals, military depots, and offices—including Lockheed-Martin, Pratt/Whitney, Royal Nooteboom Trailers/Holland, Trailmobile/Canada, Bank of America, Midwest Cancer Centers, Rolls-Royce/UK, Crompton Greaves/India, Sears, United Electric Controls, and Wilson Transformer/Australia. When not on-site with clients, delivering keynotes or teaching at the Institute, Gwendolyn can be found hiking—or working on her next book.