Society for Health Systems Newsletter 

 December 2011                                                                    Visit the Society for Health Systems Website

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Lehigh Valley Health Network nurses go lean  


An online article in American Nurse Today, describes how Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) in eastern Pennsylvania, is working to implement Lean. LVHN calls their approach the "System for Partners in Performance Improvement (SPPI)". The goal of the organization is to discover more efficient ways to provide health care by using lean tools and concepts that reduce waste and repetition. The article provides a detailed description of the five-day rapid improvement event process in use at LVHN. 




Reducing length of stay using service line lean concepts  

By Jonathan Flanders, V.P. and Patient Safety Executive, Juran Institute, Inc. 


In this presentation at the 2011 SHS Conference, Jonathan Flanders describes how a 400 bed hospital reduced average LOS for Hospitalist patients by 1.0 day using lean concepts applied at the service-line level. The presentation is a comprehensive case study for the application of lean and six sigma tools. The use of multi-level value stream mapping applied to an inpatient care unit will be of particular benefit for readers struggling in this area.


Sustaining financial performance through a large scale system wide performance improvement initiative  

By Lynn Alters, Director of Workforce Management & Special Projects, WellStar Health System


In this presentation at the 2011 SHS Conference, Lynn Alters describes how a system-wide performance improvement initiative improved margins by 40% at WellStar Health System using internal resources and fostering an environment of trust and respect.   In addition to the financial benefits, the initiative created stronger leaders and will soon exceed its initial goals by three fold.



 Healthcare Systems Process Impovement Conference 2012

Early-bird registration ends December 5!


Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference  

Feb. 18-21, 2012
The Mirage Hotel
Las Vegas, Nev.


The healthcare industry is in crisis, struggling with skyrocketing costs, poor quality, nursing shortages and employee dissatisfaction. But these problems are merely symptoms of deeper issues inherent in the system. If you are responsible for tackling these problems and advancing healthcare systems, the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference is for you.

The conference will feature best practices in quality, productivity and efficiency for healthcare industry decision makers and providers seeking ways to lower costs and increase service. For 23 years, as the Society for Health Systems Conference, this event has grown in size and importance. Don't miss an opportunity to learn from the best minds in process, and therefore performance, improvement in the healthcare industry.


Click here for conference information and registration!


Featured speakers at the conference

  • Steve Markovich, president - Riverside Methodist 
  • Hospital (Keynote presentation)
  • David W. Roberts, vice president, government relations, HiMSS (Keynote presentation)
  • David Cowan, Georgia Institute of Technology - "Advancing Career Development"
  • Mark Graban, Constancy Inc. - "Improving Improvement: From the Suggestion Box to Visual Idea Boards"
  • Doris Quinn, MD Anderson Cancer Center - "My Travels with Dr. W. Edwards Deming: The Man and the Message"
  • Bill Schwent, BJC Healthcare, and Julie Silver, Johns Hopkins MHA Program - "A Rational Decision Making Framework:  Medication Distribution

2012 Society for Health Systems Student Paper Competition

The deadline for the 2012 Student Paper Competition has been extended to Dec. 12. For more details on the competition, including submission instructions, click here.


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SHS Member

of the Month


Steve Escamilla
Steve Escamilla

 Steve consistently volunteers his time to SHS in many ways. He was an integral decision-maker on the Board Nominating Committee, specifically supporting the nomination effort as we identified a great slate of Board of Director Candidates.


 As a past SHS President, Steve continues to be a strong supporter of SHS and has been consistent in promotion of the Society to those professionals who use industrial and management engineering expertise for productivity and quality improvement in the health care industry.  In addition, he regularly presents as a subject matter expert at the SHS Annual Conference and volunteers as a student mentor to provide guidance to the next generation of members. 







Thanks! SHS Newsletter Team

Tom Best


Eric Buchanan


Junell Scheeres

Bart Sellers

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The SHS newsletter team is looking for volunteers to increase the quality, breadth, and depth of the monthly SHS Newsletter. Volunteers can fill many roles including identifying newsworthy content, coordinating of announcements from the other SHS committees, soliciting submissions, and generating original content. To find out more about volunteer opportunities contact the SHS Newsletter editor, Bart Sellers.



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