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Postponed until October 18 & 19, 2012: May 17-18th – Quality & Business Excellence Program Virginia Mason Production System

 Lean in Healthcare Evening Presentation & All-Day Workshop

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Evening Presentation – Thursday May 17, 2012
Chris Backous, faculty member of the Virginia Mason Institute and our guest speaker, will outline the history and the fundamental principles of the Virginia Mason Production System – including how it was adapted from the Toyota Production System and the ways in which it is still evolving today.

He will discuss the application of lean principles to a health care system using real world examples to illustrate what can be gained from a leaner health care system. Examples of these gains include lowered costs for running the hospital, as well as a marked increase in quality of care and patient safety.

The Virginia Mason Institute (VMI) provides education and training
services to those who seek to join them in transforming health care.
VMI has provided numerous health care organizations, including those
in our province, with education and training on the benefits of using lean management to improve quality and service and to decrease costs by putting the patient first.

The Virginia Mason Institute will be hosting a workshop on the day
after the presentation (May 18, 2012) that will cover these concepts and their applications in much greater detail.

Thursday, May 17th, 6:00-8:30pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm, meeting starts at 6:30 pm Light refreshments
will be served.
Morris J Wosk Center for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings, Vancouver, BC

Registration fee: ASQ member- $10, Associate/Non-member- $15, Student- $5

All-Day VMI Hand On Workshop – Friday May 18, 2012

Those attending the Virginia Mason Institute workshop will learn how
to apply the fundamentals of lean tools and methods to their own work through a combination of lectures and hands-on process simulations.
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify
waste within their current state process flows and to generate ideas
for applying basic lean tools and methods to not only create dramatic improvements to quality, service, performance and cost but
also to keep the momentum going in order to achieve a sustainable and lasting change.

This workshop will educate participants on basic daily lean management principles and will give them tools used by a lean management team to uncover and to exploit opportunities for improvement. The workshop format is based on a “learn and do” method where case stories and practical application will enhance the participant’s ability to apply their learning on their own genba, or place where the work occurs.

Friday, May 18th, 8am – 5pm Hands-On Workshop Morris J Wosk Center
for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings, Vancouver, BC

Registration fee: ASQ member- $435, Associate/Non-member- $450

Register by Sunday, April 15th for a $20 early bird discount
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