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Major General Frank J. Padilla wishes Frances Alvarez, 19, a happy birthday during his visit to Miami Children's Hospital.
MIAMI – (August 16, 2010) – Major General Frank J. Padilla  visited Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) on August 11, 2010 to meet with hospital administrators about business practices and greet hospitalized children. A group of approximately 40 airmen and women toured the hospital, focusing primarily on departments where Lean methodology has been successfully utilized. Lean is a business model that is used to accelerate the velocity and reduce the cost of any process by removing waste.
The goal of the Air Force Reserve’s visit to MCH was to learn from the hospital’s outstanding Lean practices and take some of those practices back to their bases as they seek to increase their own efficiency. MCH is a leader in Lean, winning four awards recognizing the hospital’s deployment of Lean business improvement models at the 2009 Global Six Sigma & Business Improvement Awards annual awards ceremony. Miami Children’s received more awards than any other entrant during the event.

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Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008 and 2009 by U.S.News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.