An integrated lean-methods approach to hospital facilities redesign

Hosp Top. 2012 Apr-Jun;90(2):47-55. doi: 10.1080/00185868.2012.679911.


Lean production methods for eliminating waste and improving processes in manufacturing are now being applied in healthcare. As the author shows, the methods are appropriate for redesigning hospital facilities. When used in an integrated manner and employing teams of mostly clinicians, the methods produce facility designs that are custom-fit to patient needs and caregiver work processes, and reduce operational costs. The author reviews lean methods and an approach for integrating them in the redesign of hospital facilities. A case example of the redesign of an emergency department shows the feasibility and benefits of the approach.

MeSH terms

  • Chicago
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Hospital Design and Construction / methods*
  • Interior Design and Furnishings
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Total Quality Management / methods*