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Hospitals Turn To Toyota To Make Care Safer And Swifter
National Public Radio

Until recently, nurses at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Hospital had to maneuver through a maze of wheelchairs, beds, boxes and lights to find surgical supplies in the equipment closet for the operating rooms.

But as public hospitals like Harbor-UCLA try to cut costs and make patients happier, administrators have turned to an unlikely ally: Toyota.

They are adapting the car maker’s production system to healthcare — changing longstanding practices such as how to store equipment, schedule surgeries and discharge patients.