A lean journey is a learning journeyTM
In 2002, at the start of a journey to provide the perfect patient experience, Virginia Mason created the Virginia Mason Production System® (VMPS), a lean management methodology based on the principles of the Toyota Production System. In 2008, in response to a growing demand from health care organizations worldwide to understand and apply lean methods, Virginia Mason founded Virginia Mason Institute, a nonprofit organization specializing in health care transformation.
Today, with more than 15 years of application behind us, we know firsthand that translating lean into health care can be complex and time-consuming, and we want to share the lessons we’ve learned with health care leaders everywhere. Through education, coaching and facilitation, we work with clients worldwide to help them build the organizational capability they need to create and sustain a culture of continuous improvement — so that they, too, can succeed on their journey to achieve zero-defect health care and the perfect patient experience.
We work collaboratively to achieve culture change
We engage with health care leaders worldwide to align organizations in a single mission — to put the patient first in all they do, every day.See how it works
To be the primary resource and inspiration for those who seek to transform health care
To relentlessly pursue the improvement of patient safety, patient experience, and the quality, cost and delivery of health care
Inspire others to believe that zero-defect health care is possible while preparing and guiding health care professionals to dramatically improve the lives of their patients
One of our overarching goals is to help organizations create value from their service — as defined from the patient’s perspective. Using the same philosophy and approach that are fundamental to Virginia Mason’s successes in quality care, Virginia Mason Institute empowers health care leaders to solve today’s and tomorrow’s problems.
Virginia Mason’s management method engages leaders, providers and frontline staff to use lean tools and methods purposefully by focusing on improvements that advance quality, safety and value within the organization.
Recognized management method that enables organizations to achieve lasting quality, cost and delivery improvements
Skilled in a system of health care delivery that always puts the patient first
The practice of continuous improvement and waste elimination that is embedded in all levels of an organization
Our lean experts help organizations learn how to
- Measurably increase patient safety and quality
- Streamline efficiency of time-consuming health care processes
- Introduce a culture that places blame on processes, not people
- Enable providers to spend more time with their patients
- Increase staff satisfaction and engagement
- Embed the value of continuous improvement
- Sustain successes and keep moving forward
The Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades ranked Virginia Mason in the top 2% of hospitals for quality, safety and efficiency.
Learn more about our experts
Our experts have 250+ combined years of experience implementing and sustaining lean methods.Read more