Dr. Patricia Gabow & Philip Goodman

The Lean Prescription:

Powerful Medicine for Our Ailing Healthcare System

The Lean Prescription

Patricia A. Gabow, MD, MACP

Patricia A. Gabow, MD, MACP

Patricia A. Gabow, M.D. was CEO of Denver Health from 1992 until her retirement in 2012, transforming it from a department of city government to a successful, independent governmental entity.

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Philip L. Goodman MS, RRT

Philip L. Goodman MS, RRT

As the Director of the Lean Systems Improvement Department at Denver Health from 2006 to 2013, Goodman provided the leadership and...

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For years, discussions of the broken US healthcare system have been long on diagnosis and short on solutions. The Lean Prescription: Powerful Medicine for Our Ailing Healthcare System aims to fix that. By mixing explanation, thought exercises and real-life examples, Gabow and Goodman provide a thoughtful and accessible introduction to the discipline of Lean and its application within healthcare systems. By grounding the book in their real-life experience, they paint a clear and realistic picture of the commitment necessary, the enthusiasm and empowerment engendered and the exceptional results Denver Health achieved for its patients and its staff. For any leader who’s looking for a serious approach—not a silver bullet—to making their system work better for all stakeholders, this book holds a powerful message.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
President and CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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