July 29, 2013

A great celebration of our new Book!

by Lean Fox

We were thrilled to see many of our friends and colleagues join us on July 18th at the Garden City Hospital lobby to celebrate the publication of Practical Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare-Using the A3 and Lean Thinking to Improve Operational Performance in Hospitals, Clinics and Physician Group Practices.

Garden City Hospital President/CEO Gary Ley introduced the authors and spoke highly of the process improvement work that Todd Sperl has facilitated in the emergency room and surgery department. Todd thanked Mr. Ley for opening up Garden City Hospital to host the event. Todd acknowledged his wife and Lean Fox Solutions business partner Andrea Sperl for her support, art direction and event planning. He thanked co-authors-Rob Ptacek for his attention to detail, co-author and business partner Jayant (Jay) Trewn for his calming influence and publisher Don Tapping from MCS Media/TheLeanStore for all the time they spent working on the book in Chelsea, MI.

Todd explained how he wished he had a book like this when he started his Lean journey in healthcare about ten years ago because it brings everything together to introduce change management philosophy by bridging the gap between the technical Six Sigma and Lean which focuses on removing waste in processes. What sets this book apart is the idea of project management/walking through a process and examples from hospitals, physician offices and clinics. He explained that the book was designed as a convenient, quick reference, and, most importantly, a step-by-step implementation guide. Authors Todd Sperl and Jayant (Jay) Trewn were in attendance signing books. Rob Ptacek was unable to attend.

Everyone enjoyed the Hors d’oevres, fruit and cookies compliments of Lean Fox Solutions-a value added provider of Lean and Change Management experts. Names were drawn throughout the event for Lean Fox Solutions hats, Max’s Granola (debrasfoods.com), and an Eastern Market Walking & Tasting Tour (EnjoyTheD.com). Wayne Mattern, Director Surgical Services won the raffle for golfing with the authors at the Garden City Hospital outing. Gifts for all those in attendance included The A3 Pocket Handbook for Kaizen Events (TheLeanStore.com) and LiveSmart All Natural Energy Bars .

Many thanks to our friends and Lean advocates from St. John Health, Garden City Hospital, Oculys Health Informatics, Canterbury-on-the-Lake, Integrations, ROI Strategic Business Solutions, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Davita who came out despite the heat to celebrate with us! For pictures of the event, visit the Lean Fox Solutions Facebook page.

How to purchase the book
The book is available in spiral bound and Kindle format at Amazon.com and for bulk orders, contact The Lean Store at 734-475-4301. If you are interested in a free one-hour Lean seminar at your organization, contact andrea@LeanFoxSolutions.com or call 248-417-2349.

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