Lean Concepts Drive Healthcare Architecture Planning and Design

When:  Oct 10, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
Earn 1.0 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 2–3pm EDT


This presentation is a primer on fundamentals of Lean and Six-Sigma processes and their application to healthcare architecture planning and design. Starting with Lean process objectives, the session will touch on the evolution of the Toyota Production System into current applications for healthcare, noting core tenets, key components and Lean tools now in use. Next, a case study of Lean applied to the design of Swedish Hospital’s ICU will examine specific methodology used to achieve increased operational flexibility, reduced length-of-stay, consistent processes, reduced space, improved quality and reduced operating costs. 

Learning objectives

After participating in this webinar attendees will be equipped to:

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  1. Understand the components and history of Lean
  2. Understand Lean as an emerging science as applied to US healthcare
  3. Review a case study of Lean’s application to the design process of renovating a Neuro ICU
  4. Demonstrate how Lean principles can be applied to the architecture design process prior to programing and schematics

Ideal audience

This session is part of the HC 101 Series by the Academy of Architecture for Health. The web-based 60 minute seminars are tailored to provide budding healthcare design professionals with conceptual and practical primer-level knowledge.

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John Kreidich, AIA, CHC, LEED AP B+C

Since 2000, John Kreidich is the go-to resource for hospital‐related safety, infection control, sustainable building, and medical equipment procurement matters at McCarthy’s Central Division. He was Vice President, System, Facilities Planning and Construction for Penn State Geisinger 1997 ‐ 2000, following four years as Assistant Vice President, Facilities Management at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.



Rudy Santacroce PE, CSSBB, PMP, DSHS

Rudy Santacroce oversees CallisonRTKL’s Operational Excellence Group, focusing on advancing the firm’s ability to identify value-added impact for healthcare facilities. He is a professional engineer, Lean expert and certified Six Sigma Black Belt with a focus in healthcare process improvement. He has over 25 years of comprehensive leadership and operational experience as an Industrial Engineer and management consultant with extensive practice in operations, strategic and operational planning, financial and cost benefit analysis, Lean and Six Sigma process improvement, decision support, and supply chain logistics.

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