Lean Blog Interviews — Dr. Richard Shannon, Lean, Quality & Patient Safety

Podcast #127 is a very special conversation with a leader and a hero of mine in the world of patient safety, Richard P. Shannon, MD. Dr. Shannon is a cardiologist and is Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Senior Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine.

Dr. Shannon was an early pioneer in the use of Lean and Toyota methods to improve outcomes and patient safety, namely the reduction of hospital acquired central line bloodstream infections when he was at Allegheny General Hospital, near Pittsburgh, as documented in Naida Grunden’s book “The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare: Improving Patient Care Using Toyota-Based Methods. Dr. Shannon learned from PRHI and Paul O’Neill, my guest In episode #124 (www.leanblog.org/124) This podcast was produced in conjunction with the Healthcare Value Network. Visit their website at http://www.healthcarevalueleaders.org.

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