Huntsville, AL September, 2017 Another 20 Huntsville Hospital System healthcare providers participated in the UAH Lean Healthcare Academy in 2017. Participants in the course included personnel from multiple locations in the Huntsville Hospital system. The five-day course, which is provided by the UAH Lean Healthcare Program with trainers from the Office for Operational Excellence, is a combination of lecture and hands-on simulations covering topics such as introduction to lean concepts in healthcare, workplace organization, continuous flow, problem solving, root cause analysis, pull systems, quick changeover, value stream mapping and continuous improvement implementation. After attending the interactive training sessions, participants began working together on teams to identify improvement projects and then used the tools and concepts from the course to implement improvements. Upon the completion of the team projects, participants can obtain over 28 CEU or CME credits. UAH Lean Healthcare Program has certified over 140 personnel at Huntsville Hospital through the UAH Lean Healthcare Academy. What participants are saying: This training will be very beneficial to every part of my job. Most week-long training classes are grueling, but these instructors made the week fun, hands-on, and useful UAH-OOE provides on-site business, technical and management support, training and program management. The OOE staff are full-time, non-academic experts with vast experience in continuous improvement, human resource management, quality systems management, supply chain management and other business and engineering disciplines. This expertise is leveraged to assist organizations in achieving operational excellence in Planning, Processes, and Products/Services through development of People and conservation of the Planet.