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kaizen

(ki'zen?) [Japanese kaizen, improvement]
Management of inventory stock and work processes in industry, adapted to health care institutions.
Synonym: continuous performance improvement
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The philosophy and technique of continuous improvement runs counter to traditional methods of factory operation and maintenance.
PDO's managing director Raoul Restucci, who is directly steering the Lean Continuous Improvement programme said, 'It was a pleasure to host the CBO team and to showcase Lean, which is a powerful approach focusing on developing people and creating an environment which encourages daily problem-solving.'
Although the continuous improvement process structure remains standard, it is adjusted to address the objectives of the department, process or function at hand.
Under the programme mid-level managers bring together their teams to understand problems, conduct detailed analyses to find potential improvements, and implement them, supported by continuous improvement experts, it added.
At the same time, our work conducting external engagement reviews in more than 34,000 schools and school systems across the country and the globe has shown that continuous improvement systems can improve outcomes--for schools and for students.
As Director of Continuous Improvement at GreenWood, Inc., Crittendon holds responsibility for maintenance and business process improvements, customer relationship support, standardization of metrics and reporting, development of operational tools, and support for business development efforts.
Some 21 health care professions from across New Hampshire recently graduated from the Lean Health Care Certificate program, a continuous improvement course presented by the NH Hospital Association, in partnership with Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, and conducted by GBMP, a continuous improvement education and facilitation firm.
The workshop comes as a preparation for a "Self-Evaluation Report" on accreditation standards related to governance, teaching and learning, innovation, resources and infrastructure, communication, documentation and continuous improvement.
For franchisors and franchisees, a sharp focus on customer satisfaction and continuous improvement throughout all areas of your franchise system is critical forsuccess.
It can broadly be encapsulated by the words 'continuous improvement' although it more specifically represents a broader philosophy of incremental advances across all aspects of the enterprise to steadily improve operational efficiency.
Operating income increased 17 percent to 357 million [euro] and EBIT increased 9 percent to 334 million [euro], reflecting continuous improvement initiatives and lower costs, partly offset by adverse currency effects.
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