Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hospital Lean and Six Sigma: Is there a financial benefit?
by Kellogg, Anthony, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 72; 1481784
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to investigate the financial benefits of applying Lean and Six-Sigma methods in acute care hospitals. Lean addresses process flow and bottleneck issues, while Six-Sigma focuses on process variations and production quality. The literature revealed that particular applications of each method yielded different results. On average, Discharge and Length of Stay projects yielded $4.18 million in expenditure reductions, while Revenue Cycle Lean and Six-Sigma returned $4.49 million for the hospitals sampled. Clinical Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging and Operating Room Departments each averaged financial improvements over $500,000.

The case for adopting Lean and Six-Sigma is extremely compelling to hospital administrators. Lean based projects are simpler and less costly to implement. Six-Sigma programs reported higher startup costs and lengthier completions. The recommendation from this study is to generate momentum with Lean, then, reinvest the benefits into a Six-Sigma program.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
Commitee:
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Health care management
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Publication Number: 1481784
ISBN: 978-1-109-66949-7
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