Session ID: 
150

Capacity Planning for Inpatient Units

1:00pm - 2:00pm Wednesday, February 13
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center
W311E

Description

CFOs and hospital throughput departments often disagree over one key stat: how many open beds are needed for optimal utilization. CFOs strive for the high utilization of bed inventory (>90%), while throughput departments lobby for lower utilization (

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe factors unique to patient throughput that are not captured by standard queueing assumptions
  • Recognize how occupancy rates impact patient wait times
  • Apply the basics of operations research to determine the targeted average occupancy of an inpatient service line for the desired level of service
  • Identify the number of inpatient/observation beds needed to achieve the desired utilization

Speaker(s): 

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine,
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Vice Chief of Staff, Northwestern Memorial Hosp
Program Director, Throughput,
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Audience: 

C-Suite
CMIO/CMIO
Management Engineer and Process Improvement Prof.

Level: 

Intermediate