Course Length:
8 8-Hour Days
Price: $2595 

Lean Healthcare Certificate

Open Enrollment at the VA Medical Center

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In this 
Lean Healthcare Certificate program, participants will learn the fundamentals of continuous improvement in a classroom setting. They will then work in teams to apply the principles and tools of continuous improvement in a actual healthcare process. Each day participants will be introduced to appropriate best practices to address the challenges facing healthcare professionals every day. This learn-by-doing method will prepare students to return to their own workplace with the confidence to implement continuous improvement methodologies.

This essential Lean Healthcare Certificate program was developed to provide the healthcare professional with the knowledge and experience needed to effect positive change within their own organizations. Participants will learn the critical step with they can take to assure dramatic, continuing improvements.

After Lean Healthcare Certificare Program Completion Participants Will Be Able To:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of Lean/Continuous Improvement principles and philosophies;
  • Know which of the tools they can implement to improve the bottom line;
  • Determine key opportunities and how to apply those tools in their own facility;

Who Should Attend:

This Lean Healthcare Certificate course is a must for anyone in your hospital or healthcare organization who is seeking to apply lean thinking in their facility by implementing a CI program, new employees at a company already using lean principles who needs to get up to speed, and professionals and staff looking for a comprehensive refresher.

Program Overview:

Day One: 
Introduction to Continuous Improvement

Day Two:
Creating Stability

Day Three:
Continuous Flow and Pull Systems

Day Four: 
Standardized Work and Jidoka

Day Five: 
QC Tools - The Junction of Lean and Six Sigma

Day Six: 

Management Responsibility - Creating "True North" Momentum

Day Seven: 

Value Stream Mapping

Day Eight:

Companywide Improvement


The Stony Brook Center for Operational Excellence and GBMP (based at UMass Boston) are not-for-profit organizations that have partnered to help New York companies become more productive, competitive, and profitable through continuous improvement education and hand-on implementation of best practices.  We have worked with many companies, including healthcare organizations, teaching the tools of Lean and Six Sigma.  In addition, GBMP is the administrator of the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence in the northeast, and Stony Brook University is the New York ambassador for the Shingo Prize.


Catherine Magone, Vice President, Performance Improvement, Mercy Medical Center:
"I loved the hands-on exercises.  The instructors were excellent teachers and everyone was comfortable in asking questions.  The interaction was great.  The whole program was fantastic!"

Christine McMullan, Director of Continuous Quality Improvement, Stony Brook University Hospital:
"I would recommend participation to all healthcare department heads and quality improvement practitioners.  The instructors did a great job applying the material to healthcare, 'going to the gemba' after learning lean concepts and tools in order to apply knowledge learned in the classroom."

Kathleen Linehan, RN, Assistant Director of Quality, Mercy Medical Center:
"Extremely helpful in understanding processes of different departments.  You must go to the actual department and observe like we did."


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Center for Corporate Education at Stony Brook University
Research & Development Park • 1000 Innovation Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794-6044
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