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Lean Online Training Course for Hospitals Released by Leonardo Group

A new 3-hour online course, Value Stream Mapping in the OR, has been published by Leonardo Group Americas LLC. This self-paced course is suitable for all hospital staff, and covers both the philosophy and main methods of VSM for hospitals.


Leonardo Group Americas LLC is pleased to announce the launch of its third online training course, Value Stream Mapping in the OR. This is a 15-lesson course designed for hospital staff members that covers all of the basic elements of value stream mapping in a hospital environment. This course is accredited and earns participants 3.1 Contact Hours. The lively format includes hands-on engagements and online knowledge checks at the end of each lesson. This course is being provided through an educational partnership between Corexcel and Leonardo Group Americas LLC. A full description of the course is available at, the Leonardo Group Learning Management System (LMS) website.

Upon completing this course, staff will be well equipped to participate in Value Stream Mapping projects based on Lean principles. One of the first steps in a Lean initiative is the development of several Value Stream Maps, flowcharts that document all of the processes required to deliver a product or service from start to finish. A hospital will have many different value streams that will need to be developed, including the work done in the OR. The course discusses the steps to creating a Current State map, a Future State map, and a Master Plan to achieve the future state.

Having the flexibility to take the course online is a benefit for hospital staff, with access to the course material 24/7. Leonardo Group Americas LLC is a leader in the application of Lean methods in hospitals. Lean is best known in manufacturing companies like Toyota, but it increasingly is being adapted by hospitals in the US and in many other countries.

Richard Rahn, one of the authors of this course, said “Creating a map of a hospital Value Stream, and then identifying improvements and creating a master plan for change, is one of the most empowering and eye-opening things that a hospital professional can do. VSM is a tool that everyone involved with Lean in hospitals needs to know.”

The principals of the company, Richard Rahn and Gerard Leone, are the authors of several books on the subject of Lean in hospitals, including Lean in the OR, Supplies Management in the OR, Quick Changeover in the OR, Value Stream Mapping in the OR, and Lean Training Games in the OR. They are also authors of the comprehensive online training course Lean in the OR Certificate Course, and the Introduction to the Lean Hospital Certificate Course.


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