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 Healthcare delivery experts headline SHS conference

The Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2013, the Society for Health Systems' annual event, will feature two well-known experts in healthcare management as keynote speakers. Roger A. Gerard 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. 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.


Hear their insights on ways to cure the healthcare system's quality and efficiency ailments in New Orleans on March 1-4, 2013, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Go to for the latest conference updates.


Evolution of the ED

By James Harrell, FAIA, FACHA, LEEP AP and Angela Mazzi, AIA, ACHA, EDAC

This recent article from the American Institute of Architects describes progressive improvements to ED design from the author's perspective. Examples of this evolution are provided from University Hospital in Cincinnati, Strong Memorial Hospital, Marymount Hospital, and University of Pittsburgh Mercy Hospital.

Surviving the global healthcare perfect storm

By Nick Burns, Emendo Health, Alan Spinks, RN, Ministry of Health, New Zealand, Arthur Lambert, LHIMSS, MScEP, The Center for Clinical Workforce Planning

The authors describe the application of operational planning and capacity management methods to improve patient care, improve revenue, and lower costs. Article

SHS Member Milestones

The following SHS members are recognized for having achieved important milestones in their careers. Please notify Aaron Kanne if you know of other members deserving of similar recognition.

Joyce Siegel

Joyce Siegele
, Northside Hospital, Georgia

Recognized for ACHE Fellow Status 

Read Joyce's bio


John Jackson
John Jackson, Shands Healthcare, Florida

Recognized for attaining the Engineer in Training Certification 

Read John's bio

  Derek Murray 
Derek Murray, Shands Healthcare, Florida

Recognized for attaining the Professional Engineering License in the State of Florida

Read Derek's bio


Real-time forecasting of pediatric intensive care unit length of stay using computerized provider orders

By Scott R. Levin, PhD; Eric T. Harley, BS; James C. Fackler, MD; Christoph U. Lehmann, MD;

Jason W. Custer, MD; Daniel France, PhD, MPH; Scott L. Zeger, PhD

The authors conducted a retrospective cohort study to describe a model to provide real-time, updated forecasts of patients' intensive care unit length of stay using naturally generated provider orders. The study was based on over 2000 admissions to a pediatric intensive care unit. The model was designed to be integrated within a computerized decision support system to improve patient flow management.



Project management "An Overview for IT"

By Kevin Martin & Denise Reeser

This presentation provides a description for effective project management of IT projects that can be applied in healthcare.


What we didn't know we didn't know - and what you can learn from it, BJC HealthCare transformation journey

By Lisa K. Olenski


This presentation at the 2012 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference describes the first part of a Lean Six Sigma journey at BJC HealthCare. The author provides a candid discussion of the difficulty of change in a large organization and provides important lessons for anyone undertaking a similar challenge.

Upcoming webinar

Sponsored by SHS Conference Committee
Using Value Added Analysis to Improve an Emergency Department

Jan. 15 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters: Claire Bond and Lori Pelletier, Ph.D., UMass Memorial Healthcare 

Summary: This webinar will focus on a new methodology for the identification of wastes and opportunities for balancing the non-value added but mandatory tasks across roles. The webinar will preview a concurrent session presentation at the upcoming 2013 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference. General information about the conference will also be provided.

More information and registration

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


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