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The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare Receives the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award

January 7, 2013

Logan, Utah—January 7, 2013The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare, by Naida Grunden, has received the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award from The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, which is part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

This award recognizes and promotes research and writing regarding operational excellence. The principles associated with operational excellence and the associated Shingo transformation process apply in any industry. These principles are ultimately the "Why am I doing this?" behind lean, six sigma, total quality management, just-in-time, quality circles, and other programs for business improvement.

The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare: Improving Patient Care Using Toyota Based Methods is a unique contribution to lean healthcare literature in several ways. It shows the results of a community-wide initiative, through the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), that strives to introduce, imbue, and inspire lean-led initiatives healthcare facilities across the region, nation, and the world. PRHI is an operating arm of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), and is one of the nation’s first regional collaboratives of medical, business and civic leaders organized to address healthcare safety and quality improvements. It was cofounded by former Alcoa chairman & CEO and former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein, president & CEO of JHF, who continues to serve as president & CEO of PRHI. Mr. O’Neill and Dr. Feinstein cofounded the initiative because they knew hospitals could benefit from the same industrial principles that made Alcoa the safest workplace in the world. The compelling case studies in The Pittsburgh Way are timeless, because they deal with human behavior. The stories show the enthusiasm, leadership, and hard work necessary to design work that reduces waste and increases value.

"Naida Grunden had the vision to recognize the value of capturing the stories of improving healthcare in the Pittsburgh region. Her storytelling provides a powerful tool to engage providers in seeing a new way to ensure the quality and safety of patient care. There are excellent case studies along with numerous examples of how frontline providers improved care. This book is an essential component of my practice," said Debra N. Thompson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Principal of Debra N. Thompson, LLC and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing.

Ms. Grunden will receive the award during the opening social at the 25th Annual Shingo Prize International Conference held in Provo, Utah, the week of May 6-10, 2013.

The Shingo Research and Professional Publication Awards are given in four categories: (1) books (monographs), (2) published articles, (3) case studies, and (4) applied publications/multimedia programs.

"The Shingo Prize has a recognition program that identifies those doing exceptional work in business improvement," Robert Miller, Executive Director of The Shingo Prize said. "The intent is to motivate others to learn from them."

The mission of The Shingo Prize is to create excellence in organizations through the application of universally accepted principles of operational excellence and to empower people and transform organizational culture.

About The Jewish Healthcare Foundation

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a public charity that offers a unique blend of research, education, grantmaking and program management to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations, with a focus on improving the quality, efficiency, and safety of health care. JHF and its three operating arms—the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), Health Careers Futures (HCF), and the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal)— are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve a national and global audience. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). For more information, visit www.jhf.org.

David Golebiewski
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
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