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Legacy in the News: Legacy Good Samaritan First Hospital in North America to Implement International Health Care Improvement Program

Portland Business Journal

January 30, 2013
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center is the first hospital in North America to adopt "The Productive Operating Theatre” (TPOT), a new internationally-used health care improvement program that is currently being rolled out to all National Health Service hospitals in England. The northwest Portland-based medical center received a grant from CareOregon to pilot this groundbreaking program, which uses lean processes commonly seen in the automotive industry as a model to streamline process and procedures. TPOT will be implemented in Legacy Good Samaritan’s Operating Room, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Pre-Admission Services and Short Stay Unit.

Legacy Good Samaritan was chosen to pioneer TPOT because it has already demonstrated that it is ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative improvement programs, having already implemented Releasing Time to Care—a quality improvement program aimed at increasing the amount of time nurses spend at a patient’s bedside.

"As the health care landscape continues to evolve, it is more important than ever to be responsible stewards of our resources and time,” said Tony Melaragno, MD, Chief Administrative Officer of Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. “By reducing unnecessary waste and streamlining staff interaction, TPOT will enhance patient care at Legacy Good Samaritan. We are proud to pioneer this groundbreaking program and I look forward to implementing its smart solutions for the benefit of our patients, staff and community.”

By formally standardizing operating practices and processes, TPOT will allow Legacy Good Samaritan’s operating room staff to deliver a smoother and more coordinated approach to patient care—from admission to discharge. Specifically, TPOT will allow the hospital to have more flexibility in scheduling surgeries, provide staff with autonomy, and leverage the use of operating room resources and staff time, which subsequently can lead to significant financial savings.

Established in September 2009, TPOT is strongly supported by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. The program has been implemented in Australia, New Zealand, Qatar and Denmark.

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