WAUKESHA - The Agustin A. Ramirez Jr., Family
Foundation has pledged $1 million to launch the Ramirez Lean
Scholars Program, a joint initiative between the Medical
College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee School of
Engineering. The initiative intends to train a new
generation of scholars in Lean health care management
techniques, according to Thursday’s announcement.
“This is a passion of mine - continuous
improvement strategies can transform the health care system
to reduce costs and waste while improving the quality of the
health care that is delivered, and that’s why it is critical
to train the next generation of improvement scholars in this
area through a program such as this,” said Ramirez, the
executive chairman of Husco International, in a statement.
According to the announcement, Ramirez used
six Sigma and Lean quality principles as part of his
company’s operation during the past decade, which helped to
create global growth in the business and developed a large
base of customers.
The Ramirez Lean Scholars program will
provide MSOE seniors an opportunity to work closely with
Lean managers at Froedtert Hospital and other clinical
locations. Students also will undertake a capstone project
aimed at improving the efficiency of clinical practice, and
address the challenges of communicating and instituting
change in a real world, high-pressure environment, according
to the announcement. MCW and MSOE also are planning a Master
of Science program component.
Ramirez, a MCW emeritus trustee who sits on
the MSOE Board of Regents, called the close working
relationship between the two institutions “crucial” to the
successful development of the program.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to Gus and the
Ramirez family for providing this opportunity,” said Hermann
Viets, president of MSOE, in a statement.
The Lean scholars program will welcome its
first class of six students in September.
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