A results-driven approach to optimizing patient flow, grounded on quality improvement, change management and organizational learning principles, is described. Tactics included collaborative governance, performance management, rapid process improvements and implementation toolkits. Results included an 83.1% decrease in emergent volumes waiting for greater than 24 hours and a 49.1% improvement in emergency department length of stay for admitted patients. There were no adverse outcomes on other key indicators. Sustainability remains the challenge but early results are encouraging.