Local Healthcare Executive Writes Book on Reducing Waste in Healthcare

Published On 02/04/2011

Leveraging Lean, a new book co-written by local healthcare executive George Mayzell, is about operationalizing lean principles in healthcare with some useful case studies. Lean principles come from the Japanese manufacturing industry and are basically a set of tools that assist in the identification and steady elimination of waste.

Expanding on the concepts and tools of lean hospitals and coupling these ideas with the principles of sigma six, this book presents a "how-to" guide to true efficiency in hospitals. Beginning with an overview and description of lean tools, such as Toyota, it demonstrates lean implementation at every level of a hospital including the emergency department, operating room, radiology and cath lab. The authors discuss traditional methods, typical problems, and a value stream map for each area and provide actionable blueprints, case studies, and lessons learned to facilitate the duplication of lean improvements.

Dr. Mayzell is chief executive officer of Health Choice, LLC and former senior vice president of patient at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Previously he served as chief medical officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. He has more than 15 years of healthcare management experience.

Co-authors of the book are Charles W. Protzman III, MBA, CPM is head of Business Improvement Group, LLC and Joyce Kerpchar, director of the Institute for Surgical Advancement at Florida Hospital Orlando, part of the Adventist Health System.