Society for Health Systems Newsletter

    May 2010     

 IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2010
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workshop added
to student track
at IIE Annual

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President's message
As I look out my window I see signs of spring and I am not sure
Marci Jackson
MaryPat Cooper and Tom Masapollo
where the winter went. Like the seasons, SHS is constantly in transition toward a greater purpose. A leadership change is always an opportunity for reflection. You all know that SHS has changed a great deal in the last several years. How does that change tangibly impact you, the SHS member? For each of you the response will be different, but I believe the Society now offers the best access to healthcare related resources we have ever been able to offer! In 2010, the SHS Board will take numerous small but measurable actions. As always, we will work to increase membership through new member recruitmentMore from the president
Join us! FREE webinar on June 1
Title: Embracing Transformational Excellence: A Pursuit of Breakthrough Performance
Date:  Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Time:  2-3 p.m. EDT
Presenters: Airica Steed, RN, administrator for operations excellence; Lorraine Saintus, senior operations excellence consultant; Advocate Condell Medical Center
Using your head(wall) - Advances in patient room design
Prepared by Eric Buchanan
IE students at Clemson University have been involved in a multi-year study on patient room headwall design. The study included the School of Nursing at Clemson University and staff and facilities at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. The current prototype headwall has improved layout and ergonomics compared to conventional headwall design resulting in a substantial reduction in errors. Read more 
Safe nurse staffing toolset now available on SHS and HIMSS websites
After the passage of California Assembly Bill 394 in 1999, and the implementation of so-called "safe staffing ratios" in California, the inappropriateness of these arbitrarily-established ratios began to be discussed among HIMSS and SHS members in 2003.
Frank Overfelt was commissioned to establish a cross disciplinary group consisting of nurses, management engineers, and physicians to determine the position of SHS and HIMSS members on this issue. SHS defined their position and then this position statement was presented and modified by representatives from HIMSS and presented to the Board of Directors of HIMSS for their approval in June 2006. At that point Frank continued to work with a diverse cross section of healthcare disciplines from both SHS and HIMSS to develop "true" safe staffing ratios based upon engineered approaches.  The resulting tool set is now available on both the HIMSS website and the SHS website. Federal and state legislation relating to legislatively mandated ratios continues to be introduced. Local chapters of HIMSS and SHS need to be continuously informed of the position paper opposing these arbitrary ratios and the availability of the Safe Staffing Evidence -based tool set in order to stop legislated ratios from becoming law elsewhere. 
View the presentation.
Frank Overfelt is president of Delta Healthcare Consulting Group. He has been a frequent presenter at SHS and HIMSS Conferences.
Improving performance through management engineering in California safety- net hospitals 
"Management engineering (ME) improves efficiencies through systematic measurement and analysis of system performance, coupled with action plans that aim for continuous improvement." The author of this quote, USC professor and SHS member David Belson, describes a series of demonstration projects commissioned by the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) in the surgery and imaging departments of 12 California safety net hospitals. Read More

No-Wait EDs: NEW webinar series

SHS is expanding its educational offerings and membership benefits through our new webinar series. Rather than one-off topics delivered only periodically, the series concept allows for multiple perspectives on a single topic from a single, easily accessible source. These can be created at a lower cost, thus reducing the cost of dissemination for the audience. The No-Wait EDs Series is the first foray into what will be a larger series of educational opportunities, which will tie together on-site education, the SHS Annual Conference, and individual SHS Symposium events. Our next Series will follow up on the learning available through the No-Wait EDs Series, and will delve into greater applications to hospital-wide flow, resource utilization and capacity management.
Presenter: Pierce Story, senior consulting manager, Hospital of the Future Division, GE
No-Wait EDs: This is how we do it
 is a unique webinar series featuring a detailed look into the management of six EDs from across the country which have combined unique methodologies, tools, and approaches to offer the very best in service excellence and quality standards to their communities.
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