Society for Health Systems Newsletter
October 2012Visit the Society for Health Systems website
Call for nominations for the SHS Board of Directors 


The SHS Nominating Committee is making a call for applications for two dynamic directors whose terms will begin March 1, 2013. All nominees must be current, regular members of SHS. Students are not eligible.  

The position is a three-year commitment with fantastic opportunities to network and give back to the profession. Generally the time commitment is three to five hours per month - about half of the time is during traditional business hours - with the term beginning March 1, 2013. Interested candidates should complete the top portion of the nomination form by Oct. 31, 2012, for consideration by the SHS Nominating Committee. Take a few minutes to consider submitting your name or that of a colleague to the nominating committee for review. 

Contact Lucy Young (, nominating committee chair, if you have questions about the positions and responsibilities. Please consider giving back to your profession through a Society leadership position.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital projects show patient safety and quality success

A recent article in Becker's Quality Control and Infection Control describe how Lean Management drives continuous improvement at 1100-bed Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In the article, Hospital Chief Medical Officer, John Lynch, M.D., describes how physicians have embraced Lean at Barnes-Jewish. He also describes how Lean Management projects have reduced central line infections, pressure ulcers, and diabetes medication errors, and improved patient coordination between different levels of care.

What's a departmental assessment and how do you make it successful?

By Frank Overfelt, MBA, LFHIMSS, Diplomate SHS


This presentation at the 2012 SHS Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, describes how to do a departmental assessment. Long-time SHS member and Diplomate, Frank Overfelt, shares his many years of experience of how to take the roll of consultant in conducting a successful assessment.

­­­­­New England Veterans Engineering Resource Center (VERC) integrates applied projects, student projects and research collaborations to improve care for veterans

Under the New England VERC, engineering faculty and students from Northeastern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on projects within VA facilities. VERC members are learning firsthand about healthcare issues and developing solutions and approaches that will improve care.

The Joint Commission's new patient flow standards

The Urgent Matters e-Newsletter breaks down how hospitals will be impacted by the new Joint Commission patient flow standards being put into effect in 2013 and 2014. The major focus of the new standards is to demonstrate systems for improving flow in Emergency Departments.

Use Google Scholar to find journal articles and more

By Amanda Baty, Texas Tech University


Wouldn't it be great to Google scholarly literature to find all relevant articles quick and easily? Google Scholar does that! Just as Google looks across the world wide web, Google Scholar searches across many disciplines and sources, which includes articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. You can also set up e-mail alerts to receive notice when a newly published paper with your topic of interest is available so you can keep up to date in your field. Set up Google Scholar to use your library's online subscriptions to allow for even more availability of sources.

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Keynoters announced

It's not too early to start planning to attend the Society for Health Systems' Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference. And this year we're pleased to present two keynote speakers who are well-known experts in healthcare management.

Roger Gerard, Ph.D., is an executive business partner at ThedaCare, a community health system in Wisconsin consisting of five hospitals, numerous clinics and related services. He also is the owner of Sloan & Gerard Consulting and co-authored the book, On the Mend, Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry. The book describes the Lean journey of the ThedaCare Health System.


Dr. Joseph S. Guarisco is chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and the system chief of Emergency Services at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans 

Join us in New Orleans, March 1-4 at The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel !

Tools for healthcare improvement - What tools can you share?

The newsletter committee wants to make Tools for Healthcare Improvement a regular feature with contributions from SHS members and SHS Newsletter readers. If you have a tool you've had sucess with, please share by e-mailing the tool with a short description to 
Tools for Healthcare Improvement.

Northeast Ohio Lean Six Sigma Forum

By Swati Verma, Southwest General Health Center


What do Kaiser Permanente, NASA, Key Bank, Akron Children's Hospital, Kent State University, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland all have in common? The article describes how process improvement leaders in Northeast Ohio from diverse industries such as health care, manufacturing, financial services, and government agencies, focus on identifying and sharing best practices quarterly via Northeast Ohio Lean Six Sigma Forum.

Lean healthcare: Implementing the standard work

By David Munch, M.D., senior vice president and chief clinical officer, Healthcare Performance Partners

This article describes the importance of standards in implementing and sustaining Lean improvement projects in healthcare. The history of standard work and Training Within Industry and an example of standard work for physician consults are included in the article.

2013 Society for Health Systems Student Paper Competition


The Society for Health Systems (SHS) is pleased to announce the 2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper Competitions.


Winning submissions will receive a $1,000 cash award and $500 per team for travel expenses to present their projects at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2013 held March 1-4, 2013, in New Orleans, La. The submission deadline is Nov. 30, 2012.


Paper submissions can include multiple student authors and should describe applied projects, research results, case studies, class projects, or other work efforts in which Industrial Engineering skills were applied to a problem arising in Healthcare Systems Engineering. The first author on the paper must be a student.


Judging criteria are based on originality, technical merit, relevance, organization, and quality of the paper.


For further information and submission instructions please see

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One-day conference, Oct. 29

Best Practices in Applying Lean & Six Sigma to Healthcare

Georgia International Convention Center, College Park, Ga.


This one-day conference features experienced speakers from top organizations and facilities such as John C. Lincoln Health Network, Maestro Strategies, Columbus Regional-Hughston Hospital, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Perkins+Will, Meadows Regional Medical Center, JALarson & Associates and Grady Memorial Hospital.


For discounted rate, complete this registration form, scan and email the completed form to, fax to (770) 263-8532 or mail to IIE, 3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092.


More information on the conference

Thanks! SHS Newsletter Team
Junell Scheeres | Swati Verma | Amanda Baty
Bart Sellers, interim editor


Now recruiting SHS Newsletter volunteers!
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 content, coordinating announcements from the other SHS committees, soliciting submissions, and generating original content. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, contact Bart Sellers, SHS Newsletter editor.

SHS Social Media!


Keep up to date with Society for Healthcare Systems through social media!


We are available on Facebook and Twitter, plus we have a blog!

Upcoming Webinar

Quantitative Analysis in Healthcare Workforce Management
Oct. 23 | 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

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Oct. 30

Lean Black Belt for Healthcare
(Norcross, GA) 


Nov 26
(Norcross, GA)

IIE Courses can be customized to meet your company's needs through IIE's Corporate Training Program. 
Contact Larry Aft, P.E. (770) 349-1130 

Six Sigma Green Belt For Healthcare


This introductory course in Six Sigma gives you a thorough understanding of Six Sigma as applied to healthcare.


The course is intended for individuals at all levels within the organization

and is shorter

 than many other Green Belt courses.


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