Read the article “Factory Efficiency Comes to the Hospital” (see web link) and answer the following questions
1. How has Seattle Children’s Hospital reduced inventory? (5 pts)
2. How does the Hospital implement continuous improvement? (10 pts)
3. LIST the tasks for which the Hospital has reduced task times. (10 pts)
4. LIST the ways that the Hospital has achieved cost savings. (10 pts)
5. LIST ways in which the Hospital has achieved flexibility. (10 pts)
6. Describe the problems encountered by the Hospital when implementing lean operations. (5 points) Your submitted work should be well written, free of grammatical errors and free of misspellings.
For Questions 1, 2 and 6, don’t ask how long your responses should be. You should have more than 2 sentences but I don’t need to see a dissertation. Your responses should be as long as it takes you to answer the question in concisely written words while being thorough in your response.
For the questions that ask for a list, just list your responses using numbers, letters, bullets, etc. Each item on your list should be no more than 2 sentences. Some items may be cross-listed, meaning they may appear in more than one list. For example, the hospital may have changed a procedure or policy that led to more flexibility, a reduction in task time and cost reduction.
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