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Division of Henry Ford Health System Completes Over 860 Changes in Just Two CBA 100 Day Workouts


As a winner of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, patient satisfaction is important to the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profi t corporation founded in 1915 by auto pioneer Henry Ford and consisting of hospitals, medical centers and the Henry Ford Medical Group of more than 1,200 physicians practicing in over 40 specialties. This study is part of a larger look at three hospitals in the system, and how each organization uses CBA 100 Day Workouts differently to drive change and solve challenges specifi c to each location.

Wyandotte Hospital is part of the larger Henry Ford healthcare system. Its CEO had heard about the success of Westsolving Wyandotte’s challenges.

These challenges included:

  • Needed to boost physician engagement, referrals and appointments.
    • Splitter physicians – those not employed by the HF health system - were referring patients to other facilities.
  • Organization was very fi nance-focused, but lacked structure for improving employee/physician experience.
  • Overhead changes in the system with IT added several million in new expenses to an already challenged fi nancial margin.
  • While they had an internal performance (PI) support team, that group was not driving the change in metrics that were important to the organization.
  • PI team did not engage the entire organization.
  • Looking for a unique approach and methodology to get leaders to work differently and embrace change.
  • Competitiveness between hospitals in the system.

Solution Applied

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital engaged CBA, tapping its expertise and 15 years of ensuring continuity and sustainable work through leadership coaching that delivers improved margins while driving change and overcoming obstacles.

Engaging Leaders

CBA’s 100 Day Workout structure makes progress, or its absence, instantly visible, thus demanding a corrective response from leadership when unacceptable deviations from plans occur.

Each workout included a minimum of two (mandatory) successful process changes for all managers, directors, and senior leaders, per month. This creates a sense of urgency and encourages the commitment to change to run throughout the organization while moving the hospital toward its fi nancial goals.

In all, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital has completed two 100-Day Workouts focused on the following high opportunity areas:

  • Physician Experience: CBA delivers the structure and proactive methods that create sustainable improvements to strengthen partnerships with physicians to boost physician satisfaction, engagement and alignment.
  • LEAP (Leadership Effectiveness and Accountability Program) to improve Employee Engagement: This leader development approach focuses on improvement plans in one of four domains – Reward & Recognition, Communication, Accountability and Employee Safety with each director/manager implementing eight change plans.

Building Sustainability with the Right Tools

Throughout this process CBA also taught Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s staff how to leverage its core programs like Rapid Cycle Testing and the resources of the CBA ToolBOX, so they could act on the information they were receiving to improve operating margin as a whole. This approach creates an experimental mind set, reducing the fear of failure, increasing speed and reducing barriers to change.

Most importantly, this introduced CBA’s EXCELeratorTM - an online accountability tool giving Henry Ford West Bloomfi eld Hospital a structure for:

  • Validating process changes that affect the bottom line.
  • Creating a sense of urgency.
  • Taking ownership of changes, assigning accountability and tracking key plans.
  • Providing a way to monitor implementation.


Physician experience helped bring volume to the hospital by building loyalty with physicians while also increasing physician satisfaction scores in their Press Ganey Physician Engagement survey.

PI support is no longer the driver. Instead they support the leadership team with the use of tools and data gathering – a better use of their core competency.

While specifi c fi nancial metrics may not always be directly tied to patient experience or LEAP leadership training, the results can be measured in other ways, including in employee satisfaction scores and the overall margin improvements.

Plans were designed with a constant focus on implementation and accountability through coaching and mentoring for sustainable results beyond the initial engagement.

Below is a detailed look at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s results:

100-Day Workout 1: Physician Experience – Directors and Physician Leaders

The fi rst 100-Day Workout produced 344 completed changes – 98% of targeted results. More importantly, this workout also delivered $407,000 in savings from completed changes. That’s remarkable for a workout focused on physician engagement, not margin improvement.

Plans Completed338 (96% of target!)
Targeted Plans352
Savings from detailed plans$376K
Completed changes$376K (impressive!)
Director/manager changes338: 7.68per manager
Percent Compliance Plans Completed:96%

100-Day Workout 2: LEAP Employee Engagement

For their second workout, Wyandotte wanted to ensure its leaders were focused on employee engagement and ensuring staff were satisfied.

Plans Completed525 (tremendous!)
Targeted Plans352
Average Plans Per Manager11.93 (well above average)
Patient Compliance Plans Quantified:149%

Summary of all Henry Ford Wyandotte Workouts

Plans Completed for All Workouts863 (in just 2 workouts!)
Targeted Plans704
Average Plans Per Manager9.8

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