UAH to Share Results of Lean Deployment to VHA Southeast Lean Six Sigma Network

VHA with Date 2

Huntsville, AL, August 26, 2014

Joe Paxton, a UAH Lean Healthcare trainer and facilitator, will be presenting "Initial Results of a Lean Training and Implementation Deployment” to the VHA Southeast Lean Six Sigma Network in August, 2014. UAH Lean Healthcare practitioners are supporting Huntsville Hospital in training and mentoring their healthcare providers in the implementation of lean concepts throughout the hospital in medical, surgical and administrative areas. UAH initiated a training and implementation program with a pilot group at Huntsville Hospital in May. Those trained in the pilot group were divided into small teams and each team selected a project to address real problems by applying the concepts they learned in the UAH Lean Healthcare training. UAH has continued to support and mentor these teams through project completion. Mr. Paxton will share the results of this training and implementation deployment to several healthcare providers at the VHA Southeast Lean Six Sig ma Network session in August.


UAH Presenting at Upcoming LEAN Educator Conference


Orlando, FL September 29 - October 1, 2014


Joe Paxton will be presenting a paper on "The University Paradox: How Academics and Research Can Thrive in the Lean Health Care Market" at the Lean Educator Conference on September 29 - October 1, 2014 in Orlando, FL.  Other authors of the paper include Mr. Brian Tucker and Dr. Kenneth Sullivan from the Office for Operational Excellence, Dr. Sampson Gholston and Dr. Sherri Messimer from the College of Engineering; Mr. Nic Loyd and Mr. Jeff Siniard from the College of Business Administration; and Dr. Peggy Hays from the College of Nursing.

Cutting Wait Times: Huntsville Hospital Works With UAH To Fight Wait Times, Inefficiency

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UAH makes the news, as Joe Paxton, a lean healthcare practitioner in the Office for Operational Excellence, explains to WHNT how UAH is helping Huntsville Hospital apply lean concepts to reduce wait times and improve efficiency. Huntsville Hospital’s Vice President of Emergency Services Tracy Doughty explains, “They ask questions that we don’t normally think about. Sometimes you get into doing things the old way, and it’s always been done that way. They’re questioning everything we do and making us take a second look at all of our processes.”


WHNT covering our pioneer into a lean healthcare system. Click for the coverage HERE.

UAH ‘on leading edge’ in offering Lean Healthcare practices course


UAH is on "the leading edge of higher education institutions nationally" by combining its research, educational and training functions to offer Lean process instruction to healthcare practitioners, says a nationally known Lean instructor.

Dr. Hugh McManus, senior special projects engineer at Metis Design and associate director of the LAI (Lean Advancement Initiative) Educational Network (EdNet), travels extensively to train the trainers who will be giving instruction in Lean principles.

Dr. McManus was on campus April 3 for a course to familiarize university staff, graduate students and Huntsville Hospital representatives with the one-day training so they could instruct others. UAH is a charter member of EdNet, which was founded at and collaborates with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Nursing, engineering blend to seek greater healthcare efficiency

Dr. Peggy Hays, left, and Dr. Sampson Gholston examine a book on using Lean Six Sigma in healthcare in Dr. Gholston’s office.

Blending the healthcare profession and systems engineering, two professors at The University of Alabama in Huntsville are applying manufacturing efficiency systems to healthcare settings to promote better patient satisfaction.

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