Leading Edge Group

October 21, 2009 15:37 ET

Ontario Hospital Association Partners with Global Training Provider Leading Edge Group to Increase Efficiencies in Provincial Healthcare Sector

Announcement is made in conjunction with the Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Canada led by the Deputy Prime Minister Mary Coughlan T.D.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2009) - The Toronto-based Leading Edge Group and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) recently announced a new and innovative Lean Healthcare education partnership that is aimed at preparing healthcare professionals and organizations to increase efficiencies and improve organizational performance. This agreement includes the delivery of a series of Lean educational programs to frontline staff and a number of webcasts to an audience of healthcare leaders as part of OHA's Governance Centre of Excellence (GCE).

The Leading Edge Group specializes in developing international educational and training programs on a process improvement philosophy called Lean Thinking. Originally initiated by Japanese car manufacturer Toyota, Lean Thinking focuses on eliminating waste or non-value-added elements from procedures and processes, so that organizations can operate more competitively and efficiently. Professionals trained in Lean Thinking are skilled in identifying and eliminating waste across core business processes, enhancing patient satisfaction levels.

"Applying Lean Thinking within our healthcare sector can produce significant cost and process efficiencies. While some hospitals are already using Lean, there is a need to further educate and empower a new generation of healthcare staff in the principles and methodologies involved," said Tom Closson, President and CEO of the OHA. "We are excited to be partnering with the Leading Edge Group to deliver Lean Healthcare education programs to healthcare organizations in Ontario and beyond."

The OHA is the voice of Ontario's public hospitals, representing approximately 155 hospital corporations. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable healthcare system for the population of Ontario.

"The Leading Edge Group's programs are targeted at a wide range of professions across the healthcare sector including doctors, consultants, nurses, administrators, allied health professionals, and those working in the area of service and process improvement" said John Whelton, Director of North American Operations for the Leading Edge Group. "Successful completion of these programs will provide participants with an OHA Certificate of Distinction that provides credit towards the Association's Diploma in Healthcare Management" he added.

The Leading Edge Group has successfully supported over 500 global organizations in its drive to increase competitiveness through the implementation of Lean Thinking. It has worked with clients across a wide variety of industries including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, electronics, IT, and medical devices.

The Leading Edge Group has an ever-expanding client base with organizations that include Canadian Tire Corporation, Tim Hortons, Alberta Health Services, Northern Health Authority, Fraser Health Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health undertaking its Lean education programs.

For more information on the Leading Edge Group and its Lean Healthcare programs for OHA, please visit www.leanhealthcareservices.ca and www.leadingedgescm.com.

Contact Information

    Leading Edge Group
    John Whelton
    Director of North American Operations
    416 637 5074 or Cell: 647 994 4472