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The Progressive Hospital

A man once committed to save lives, is now obsessed with bringing the world to its knees. From the author of the Progressive Book Series Comes a novel, an educational thriller, like no other, interwoven with a global pandemic… and a conspiracy.

Follow the journey of surgical caregivers as they navigate a new world of uncertainty. 

The Progressive Hospital is available now to buy in hardcover and paperback.

The Progressive Machine

The story of innovation isn’t always told in novels. Sometimes it evolves from … ingenuity, curiosity, and sheer will. That is the history of Lean – before we called it “Lean.”

The Progressive Machine is Stephen Weller’s definitive primer on how a very important concept in production and service excellence came into being. Like the philosophy itself, the ideas neither start nor end here, helping to develop a leadership mindset that not only continuously improves, but also continues to grow. That is the heart of Lean. 

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The Progressive Hospital Spanish Edition Now Available

Translator, Cristian Avila Soto, introduces the book in Spanish

Videos

The Progressive Hospital Book Interview with Sam Yankelevitch

Sam and Stephen talk about the upcoming book, The Progressive Hospital. 

The Progressive Hospital Book Trailer

See the trailer to Stephen’s new book, The Progressive Hospital: A Lean Hope.

The Value of a Surgical Optimization

Stephen Weller’s presentation on the Value of Surgical Optimization at the LSS World Conference

See What Readers Are Saying

Bhargav Nathwani
Bhargav Nathwani
A must-read for EVERYONE looking to improve healthcare
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I just finished reading " The Progressive Hospital: A Lean Hope" from The Progressive Book Series by Stephen Weller. Never have I ever come across a medical fiction novel that combined fiction with facts so accurately. I loved the book cover specifically because it focuses on people on the frontline, whose support and partnership are absolutely essential in bringing about sustainable changes, irrespective of the change philosophy applied. The novel takes us on an exciting learning journey from the eyes of Tim Anderson, a young analyst in a hospital, learning Lean concepts from his mentor, Kate Williams, and partnering with her to try and save the hospital on a verge of financial collapse amidst a global pandemic...
Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez
A must have! Entertaining and LEAN!
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The story line keeps you locked in as the LEAN process blooms with each page turning! I started reading it on my beach vacation and could NOT put it down. Weller is brilliant in his writing as he entertains with the characters while teaching the reader to be a LEAN expert! This book is hands down 5 stars and certainly a must have! Bravo!
Elias Querales
Elias Querales
Better organized hospitals = better healthcare for everyone
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One of the best books I read during this pandemic, a fresh and accurate representation of the reality we live in the hospitals. I think this book will bring many people to understand how the hospitals and healthcare system works and the struggle on every area to make things work better for healthcare in the US.
CONFIDENT CONSUMER
CONFIDENT CONSUMER
Speaks to operating room nurses
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After four decades of nursing, this book still speaks to me. A must read for all OR nurses.
James Bossert
James Bossert
A Thriller that grabs you right from the start
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The Progressive Hospital by Steven Weller is not a normal book on Lean. Rather it starts like a James Bond story and just keeps going. We meet the main character in the first chapter and the story shows his journey with learning now to go beyond data and use Lean tools to transform a struggling hospital. Then a pandemic happens and things get more difficult. The story is engaging and keeps you wanting to find out what happens next. It is a combination of suspense, tragedy and humor combined with teaching the reader some fundamental concepts of lean. The ending is something you never see coming.
Jeff Kerr, MD
Jeff Kerr, MD
Reads like a thriller, teaches like a prof!
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Great Book! This is a must read for healthcare workers that want to transform their work/care environments using lean principles… And the fictionalized narrative is captivating! I am an administrator at a community hospital and I can’t wait to put some of these lean “tools” to work with my teams!!
Avid Reader
Avid Reader
Just a fun book that will leave you wanting more!
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The Progressive Hospital is an incredible story that shows an adoration for those in hospitals and Lean. The background story and web and drama is a fun ride. You will fall in love with the character and you will fall in love with this book. A must have for any library.
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"Thriller that gives a realistic vision of lean hospitals...

I enjoy fictional thrillers like this that are closely based on reality. They’re entertaining but I also learn new things. This book is unique as it’s written by a seasoned health professional, giving readers a rare look into how our healthcare system operates in a pandemic."