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The Role of Organizational Culture in Operating Room Turnaround Time

Ninan, David; Zhu, Janet; Kore, Amanda; Wasson, Elizabeth; Fullerton, Tricia; Ninan, Barbara
This analysis looks at the application of a robust process improvement methodology to achieve a sustained organizational change. The implementation took place in a safety net hospital's operating suites that had a problem with relatively long, nonproductive turnover times between surgical procedures. Organizational leadership empowered stakeholders to use Lean and Six-Sigma tools to develop more efficient organizational processes. These processes were then implemented in a phased approach with careful attention to the organization's culture. The result was a significant reduction in turnover times leading to greater operational efficiency.
PMID: 28649480
ISSN: 2168-8184
CID: 5228392