First-person ISE: What is industrial and systems engineering? Students Sara Gamble & Danika Dorris and alumnus Isaac Mitchell share their experiences with University of TN, Knoxville Industrial & Systems Engineering.
The UT Department of Industrial and Information Engineering has worked with several companies and organizations to implement lean practices by applying the right tools for the right processes and developing a sustainable culture. Thanks to this experience, we have developed a five-week summer program for students interested in learning about Lean and gaining experience in the methodology and applications.
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Meet Isaac Mitchell, Director, Lean Continuous Improvement, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee
Mark' Graban's note: Today's post is a guest post by my friend and colleague Isaac Mitchell. We've crossed paths at conferences, including the annual Society for Health Systems conference, where he shared some of their great work on Kaizen that's being done at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Hopefully we'll see you there in February with keynote speaker Kim Barnas (hear my podcast with her) and others.
Isaac Mitchell is a loyal Vol and Director of Operations at the medical device manufacturer DeRoyal who understands that if you support your community it will give back to you as well.
Join Paul W. Critchley, owner of New England Lean Consulting, as he talks with local business owners, global thought leaders, world-renowned authors and just plain interesting people who are doing great things for business, culture and society! Guests share the thoughts and practices that they've used to bring their organizations to ever-greater levels of success. More than just hitting business metrics, true success must include culture, psychological safety and emotional intelligence.
In this episode, we talk about the importance of including everyone when enacting and implementing change and ensuring that everyone feels heard. We also talk about 3P as a Lean tool, and how underrated it is. Finally, we talk about Isaac's latest role and how the technology his company uses in their product is furthering the adoption of Lean into healthcare.
In episode #355 of Mark Graban's podcast, He's sharing three short conversations with three people who have very different backgrounds, but they still all ended up working to improve healthcare.
We have a Toyota-trained engineer (Isaac Mitchell), who transitioned (like me) from manufacturing to healthcare.
And, we have a business student (Darrin Judkins) who then got a nursing degree and, after years of providing patient care at the bedside, also got into Lean and healthcare improvement.
We all know each other through our involvement in the Society for Health Systems (a part of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers) and the annual Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference. The event is being held February 26 to 28 this year in Savannah, Georgia. I love this event — the learning, the networking, the friends… and I highly recommend it. We'll chat about that a bit too.
This episode is a little different… but I think you'll like it.
LeanBlog.org Podcast and Summary on Lean Facility Design at East Tennessee Children's Hospital (pdf)Download
Guest Post Organizations are Solving Problems; Are They Workarounds or Real Improvements_ – Lean Blog (pdf)Download
Healthcare Business Insights Article -Enhancing Care with Continuous Improvement Boards (pdf)Download
Healthcare Business Insights Article - From Research Request to Beta Test Developing Patient Safety (pdf)Download
It's About Children Article - Ideal Patient Care initiative improves staff, patient experience (pdf)Download
Lean Focus Article - Metric Boards Management (pdf)Download
RFID in Healthcare - The Crystal Ball to Actionable Insights (pdf)Download
THA Poster Engaging front-line staff in integrated process and architectural design (pdf)Download
“Why” Change Your Approach to Teaching Lean (pdf)Download
Continuous Improvement Events at Children's (pdf)Download
Engaging Front-line Staff in Lean Continuous Improvement (pdf)Download
Lean at East Tennessee Children's Hospital (pdf)Download
Old Wine in New Casks Avoiding Broken Systems in Shiny Spaces (pdf)Download
Teach 'The Why' Before 'The How' (pdf)Download
Continuum RFID Product Overview (pdf)Download
Continuum RFID Kanban Savings Worksheet (xlsx)Download
Project Toyota A3 Reducing Engineering Changes (pdf)Download
Project Lab Lean Improvements (pdf)Download
Project OR Start Times (pdf)Download
Project Six Sigma Supplies Kanban (pdf)Download
Project Surgical Services Simulation Model (pdf)Download
Sample A3 Problem Solving Document at East Tennessee Children's Hospital (pdf)Download
Sample Idea Card at East Tennessee Children's Hospital (pdf)Download