Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

NFMMC

Leaders at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (Memorial) recognized there was room for improvement in meeting the healthcare needs of the Greater Niagara community, especially when considering new federal health care policies that are taking effect. Excessive readmission rates of heart failure patients will result in financial penalties beginning in late 2012 and customer satisfaction scores have the potential to impact the government reimbursement levels that individual hospitals receive. Memorial reached into the continuous improvement toolbox in 2010 with the aim of improving its ability to heal patients.

Solutions:

  • Introduced 24 administrators from various departments to the Lean Six Sigma methodology
  • Completed a Lean Value Stream Mapping project among a cross-section of Memorial employees, both managers and non-managers, to understand every step of a typical emergency room patient experience from admission to discharge
  • Using waste elimination and process variation reduction techniques, trained three managers from radiology, clinical engineering and communication, and quality specialties through the University at Buffalo’s Certified Lean Sigma Blue Belt program