Lean in the Lab: No Culture Left Behind

Joe C. Rutledge, Xuan Qin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) Department of Laboratories is a comprehensive, multidimensional clinical laboratory serving SCH patients, performing testing for the region, and offering certain rare assays nationally. Eighteen faculty and 160 full time equivalents (FTEs) perform over one million annual tests in all clinical laboratory disciplines. This chapter illustrates the power of Lean when viewed over a decade, and how one round of improvements can catalyze new thinking and lead naturally to the next round of improvements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLeading the Lean Healthcare Journey
Subtitle of host publicationDriving Culture Change to Increase Value, Second Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781498739573
ISBN (Print)9781498739566
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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