Society for Health Systems Newsletter

    June 2010     

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Recent IE grad pioneers industrial engineering at Oregon's Samaritan Health Services
Brenda Buckman, a 2009 graduate of Oregon State University's industrial engineering program, was recently hired as the first industrial engineer at Samaritan Health Services in Corvallis, Oregon. Samaritan Health Services operates five hospitals in Central and Western Oregon. Brenda's position made the news in the local newspaper. Click here for the complete story from The Gazette-Times in Corvallis, Ore.
Implementing a perpetual inventory management system in the OR at Shands Healthcare
By Marisa Farabaugh, William Brewer and Maggie Downey

OR Management, Materials Management, and Management Engineering at Shands HealthCare teamed up to lead a multi-disciplinary team in implementing a perpetual OR inventory system at Shands Healthcare. In this case study presented at the 2010 SHS/ASQ annual conference, the authors describe a comprehensive project management approach that changed a distributed inventory management system to a perpetual system in under 12 months with substantial one-time and ongoing cost savings. Click to read the entire paper.
Change management: the key to successfully re-engineering health care solutions
By Sharon Gabrielson, Mayo Clinic
Change Management is often talked about but frequently overlooked in organizational improvement initiatives. In this 2009 presentation at the annual SHS Conference, Sharon Gabrielson provides an overview of change management strategies applied to a case study of a large patient scheduling improvement project. The author discusses the basis of change management, application and assessment tools and key concepts to improve the likelihood of success in organizational improvement project.  To read the full article, click here.

Lean and the Six Sigma marriage
In a post on The Lean Edge website, Art Smalley weighs in on the differences and weaknesses of lean and six sigma as part of the current debate of how lean and six sigma should be working together. He describes the evolution of six sigma and lean and how organizations are bringing these disparate programs together. Smalley describes the implications for organizations attempting to marry these programs and offers up some suggestions for organizations pursuing lean six sigma. To read the entire post click below.
Art Smalley: The Lean and Six Sigma Marriage
How to reduce hospital health care costs
By David Belson, Ph.D.
In a recent article on The Huffington Post, longtime SHS member and contributor David Belson advocates for using engineering principles to reduce hospital healthcare costs. David Belson is an adjunct professor at the USC Vertibi School of Engineering. Belson cited several examples of where application of engineering principles dramatically increased performance. To read the entire article, click here.
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
SHS webinar is a sucess with 87 attending
The SHS webinar, "Embracing Transformational Excellence: A Pursuit of Breakthrough Performance," was held on June 1.  Presenters for the webinar were Airica Steed, RNBSN, MBA, and Lorraine Saintus, MSPH, both of Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill.
There is a burning platform in the healthcare industry to embrace transformative change due to the plethora of challenges regarding the escalating costs and decreasing reimbursement, limited resources, demands for quality and safety, and pressures to provide superior customer service. In response to these industry drivers, Advocate Condell Medical Center found it essential to transform their business and pursue a higher level of performance excellence by embracing what they have coined "Operations Excellence" - a mixed methods approach to organization-wide transformation.
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