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The journey to eliminating preventable harm -
Nationwide Children's Hospital

In this presentation at the 2011 Society for Health Systems conference, Cindy Hafer provides a comprehensive look at how Nationwide Children's Hospital in Cincinnati is moving to eliminating all preventable harm to patients through a comprehensive safety initiative.

To see the presentation click here.


Participate in this month's survey!
Reader Survey Question of the Month

May Question of the Month: Which best describes the role of improvement specialists in your organization working on team-based projects?


Click here to participate in poll (bottom right-hand corner of page).

The results are in! April Question of the Month: Has your hospital recently made changes to improve inpatient admission screening process?
Of those responding:
Yes...........................43 percent
No.............................43 percent
N/A...........................14 percent

SHS Membership Committee

The SHS membership committee, under the chair, Heather Vass, supports and facilitates the development of services and benefits for members. There are two main areas for the Membership Committee which are 1) SHS membership growth and retention and 2) Awards, recognition, and advancement of SHS members. To read more about the 2011 areas of focus click here.



Case Study on Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), Good Samaritan Hospital

At a recent Premier Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, clinical and performance improvement staff at the 370-bed Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York presented a case study of improvement on a nursing unit using the TCAB model. The case study presentation describes a number of activities including 5S projects, rapid improvement workshops, and other improvements that increased time at the bedside to 59 percent of available time, reduced overtime, and improved staff satisfaction.

To see the entire presentation click here.


8 ways to cut labor costs in your hospital 

Rachel Fields summarized the opinion of Dennis Patterson, chairman of The Collaborative for Healthcare Leadership, on the top ways to cut labor expenses in hospitals.Click here to read.


University of Windsor Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering students help to improve lab processes in the ED at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is considering implementing recommendations made by three fourth-year students at the University of Windsor Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering as part of their capstone project. Ben de Mendonca, Josh Vandermeer and Andrew Phibbs, conducted an intensive examination of the system used by the emergency department to collect and label patient blood samples.The project allowed real-world application of knowledge they've gained while studying there. The team was advised by Zbigniew Pasek, an associate professor in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.To read the details, click here.



Indiana hospital pharmacy saves $1 million annually with lean improvements


Pharmacy leaders at Elkhart General Hospital, in Elkhart, Ind., applied a number of lean concepts resulting in lower operational costs and improved patient care. Examples of improvements cited in the Modern Medicine e-zine article were to redeploy two pharmacists to clinical roles, consolidate unit medications, and reduce batching of IV medications. To read more click here.


Public health services and systems research


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is pleased to share the following Call for Proposals for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR): PHSSR is a field of study that examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services at local, state and national levels, and the impact of these activities on public health.Approximately $2.7 million will be awarded to up to 14 applicants through this solicitation.  Awards will fund projects in the priority areas of Public Health Structure and Organization; Performance Management and Quality Improvement; Accreditation; and Public Health Workforce. The National Network of Public Health Institutes will serve as the Administrative Service Organization and facilitate this Call for Proposals.


Practitioners, policymakers and researchers from law, public policy, economics, business administration, organizational behavior, sociology, finance, urban planning, public administration, information and library science, and industrial and systems engineering are especially encouraged to apply. Junior investigators (less than seven years since doctorate) and first-time applicants to this solicitation are encouraged and will be given strong consideration.


IIE launches two new journals


IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering
The introductory article explains that this journal was started in
response to the joint NAE/IOM report from 2005, "Building a Better Delivery System: A New Engineering/Health Care Partnership." It covers the following areas: Healthcare Operations Management (HCOM), Socio-Technical Systems Analysis (STSA), Healthcare Quality Engineering (HCQE), Healthcare Informatics(HCI), Medical Decision Making (MCM), and Healthcare Public Policy (HCPP).

Journal of Enterprise Transformation
This journal "provides a platform for interdisciplinary research in management, industrial and systems engineering, information systems, organizational behavior, political science, economics, etc." (from the journal overview).

For more information, subscription rates, and free samples of first issues, click here.




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SHS Member of

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Junell Scheeres   

Junell Scheeres


Junell provides a face to SHS by being a regular contributor to the monthly IE magazine.  She has more than 25 years of industrial engineering experience improving healthcare in the military, public and private sectors. She is a Diplomate and previous Board member for SHS. Through her monthly contributions, she brings awareness to SHS and the healthcare industry. Her articles are continuously consistent and informative.






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Tom Best

Eric Buchanan

Sara Falkiwicz

Alina Hsu

Junell Scheeres

Bart Sellers

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