Four Recent Productivity Press Publications Receive the 2013 Shingo Prize

The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare, Leveraging Lean in Healthcare, A Factory of One and Lean Sustainability receive the 2013 Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, Research, and Professional Publication Award
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Sept. 27, 2012 - PRLog -- Boca Raton, Florida, USA, September 17, 2012—CRC Press / Productivity Press is pleased to announce that Naida Grunden, Charles Protzman, George Mayzell, and Joyce Kerpchar, Daniel Markovitz, and Dennis Averill have been honored with the prestigious Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, Research, and Professional Publication Award. This prize is awarded to authors who advance the Lean body of knowledge into new areas and promote a broad understanding of operational excellence.

The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare: Improving Patient Care Using Toyota Based Methods (2007; ISBN: 978-1-5327-367-4; 224 pp.; $44.95) by Naida Grunden, Leveraging Lean in Healthcare: Transforming Your Enterprise into a High Quality Patient Care Delivery System (2010; ISBN: 978-1-4398-1385-0; 402 pp.; $77.95) by Charles Protzman, George Mayzell, MD, and Joyce Kerpchar, A Factory of One: Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your Personal Performance (2011; ISBN: 978-1-4398-5993-3; 177 pp.; $25.95) by Daniel Markovitz, and Lean Sustainability: Creating Safe, Enduring, and Profitable Operations (2011; ISBN: 978-1-4398-5716-8; 222 pp.; $39.95) are CRC’s / Productivity Press’ most recent recipients of this highly sought after prize. Productivity Press, now part of CRC Press, is the premier source of information on organizational improvement. CRC Press is the principal science and technology book division of the Taylor & Francis Group, an Informa Company.

In The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare Naida Grunden provides an ingenious and optimistic look at how principles borrowed from industry can be applied to make healthcare safer, and in doing so, make it more effective and less costly. The book is a compilation of case studies from units in different hospitals around the Pittsburgh region that successfully applied industrial principles to the benefit of patients and the satisfaction of employees.

“At a time when we are overwhelmed by the staggering evidence that health care systems that we depend on often fail us, here is a book that captures the power of real transformation.”
—Frank Christopher, PBS producer of the series Remaking American Medicine

Leveraging Lean in Healthcare is a practical guide for healthcare executives, managers, and frontline workers that provides the means to transform an enterprise into a High-Quality Patient Care Business Delivery System. Designed for continuous reference, it describes and explains the application of each Lean tool and concept organized in their typical order of use and explains how to implement Lean in various healthcare processes—providing examples, case studies, and valuable lessons learned.

“Lean methodologies, as profiled so succinctly in Protzman’s book, offer an avenue towards improved patient safety and marked increases in efficiency for healthcare. The science and technology of healthcare, along with recent legislative and payment reforms, continue forcing the industry through a period of profound and unsettling change. This instructive book is well-timed and highly informative for those committed to creating deep levels of sustainable change in healthcare.”
—Peter B. Angood, MD, FACS, FCCM, Senior Advisor – Patient Safety, National Quality Forum (NQF)

A Factory of One not only provides the tools, but also teaches you how to find the root causes underlying your inefficiencies so you can eliminate them permanently. It enables immediate improvement in personal productivity while developing the skills needed for continuous improvement. It includes real-world examples that illustrate how these principles have been successfully applied across a range of industries. Providing the perfect mix of what-to-do with why-to-do it, the text details a step-by-step approach to applying Lean principles to anyone’s work.

“Dan Markovitz brings a thoughtful and supremely practical perspective to the fundamental scarcity faced by us all: time. His approach blends conceptual frameworks and concrete specifics—a powerful and useful combination—to reduce the noise and clutter in our lives and work. Markovitz can help us all to be more effective!”
—Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and co-author of Built to Last and Great by Choice

A how-to manual on the proper integration of safety and environmental sustainability with Lean implementations, Lean Sustainability provides a proven recipe for achieving safety and sustainability excellence. This book is the result of the author’s two decades of experience implementing Lean; Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE); and sustainability processes in the chemical, food, and consumer products industries. It unveils valuable lessons learned and little-known tips for eliminating waste and increasing process efficiency—while reducing safety incidents and the overall impact on the environment.
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