Case Study: Lean 5S Event at a Health Care Center to Increase Bed Space and Remove the need for a Proposed New Facility.

SSDSI was invited to a Health Care Center in South Texas by a new CEO. This hospital was in the planning stages of a new multi million dollar extension to increase bed space. The CEO knew that the hospital was not using their current footprint effectively. In a 5 day event, SSDSI’s team mentored several Green Belt teams in the 5S Methodology.

The Hospital was “a buzz” for the next 5 day! In the Sort Stage, we discovered storage rooms in several places that had long been forgotten.

We recovered almost 1/3rd of the existing hospital footprint. On every floor of the hospital, there was space that was not optimized. We found that we could consolidate several department. We also uncovered several problems that could lead to medication errors because of clutter and

disorganization in the Pharmacy, Nurses Stations and Galleys. Everyone worked side by side to de-clutter each department. Today there are weekly 5S audits in each of the departments. There are competitions going on between department based on the audit scores. There are monthly celebrations of the best performing departments.

The result of the 5 day event was an increase in bed space by 32%. This increase in bed space was realized without the construction of a new extension. The 5 day event also led to increased HCAHPS scores which dramatically which increased their reimbursements.

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