As Akron Children’s Hospital moves forward with its plans to build a $200 million critical care tower, teams continue to meet, brainstorm and test out architectural designs in a true-to-scale setting in weeklong Kaizens. Kaizen is a Lean term that refers to improving processes continually by making incremental changes.
It’s 3 a.m. in the ER when the call comes in. There’s been a car accident. A 16-year-old boy – unrestrained and the driver – is being life-flighted. He is in respiratory distress and has head injuries. His 10-year-old brother and front-seat passenger is coming by ambulance. His injuries, neck pain and an obvious deformity to the lower body, appear less serious.
It seems like you never have enough storage space. When your closets overflow, you try to create more space by reorganizing or you pack up seasonal items and move them to the attic, or maybe you finally purge your wardrobe. Last year, Matt White, financial coordinator for Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley, and Lisa Taafe, MSN, […]
It’s one thing to look at an architectural rendering on paper and quite another to walk through a 3-D model of your proposed work space. Last week, doctors, nurses, administrative staff and even a few parents from Akron Children’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center gathered in a large warehouse just east of downtown Akron and spent time […]
In just a few short years, the Akron Children’s Hospital lean initiatives are rising to the top and earning recognition from the international Lean Six Sigma community. A team from Akron Children’s competed against international organizations in the “Best Process Improvement Project Under 90 Days” category and received an honorary mention award at the International […]