Society for Health Systems Newsletter
February 2013Visit the Society for Health Systems website

New members elected to SHS Board of


Please join us in welcoming the newly elected members of the SHS Board of Directors!

Ron McDade


Directors 2013-2016

Ashley Benedict
Science of improvement, how to improve - Institute for Healthcare Improvement


IHI offers a comprehensive healthcare improvement framework 
through an interactive website based on Plan-Do-Study-Act.

Do I want to become a consultant?
By John Templin Jr., MS, Templin Management Associates Inc.

Many people consider becoming a consultant at some point in their career. Long-time SHS contributor, John Templin, shares his perspective as a person with more than 40 years consulting experience. The presentation and paper describe some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of consulting including marketing, pricing, estimating time, career options and what it takes to run a healthcare consulting business.




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IIE introduces NEW Online On-demand training course!


In a continuing effort to provide you with comprehensive training and the optimum desktop training experience, IIE brings you this new ONLINE, ON-DEMAND course:



Learn the fundamentals of patient access and flow through acute care facilities in this equivalent two-day course which is part of the Health Care Certificate Program. The course presents common patient flow challenges and explores the system dynamics affecting patient throughput across the entire enterprise. Click here to register!  
SHS conference attendees will receive a FREE demo CD of the course.

Ergonomics and technology: The future

By Jerome Congleton, Ph.D., C.P.E., P.E., Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health

"By standing for 2 hours throughout an average workday, you can burn 280 extra calories. In one year, that converts to roughly 20 pounds of weight loss. Results vary depending on body shape and metabolism."


In this presentation at the 2012 Healthcare Systems Improvement Conference, the author addresses the need to increase ergonomic awareness in and out of the workplace by exploring new technology such as tablets, readers and smart phones, their use and place in the work environment as well as the ever changing workplace including trends in the office and telecommuting.

SHS seeks member feedback, results to be shared

Within SHS, we are continually trying to properly profile our membership and associates to better serve your needs. We ask that you please take a moment (less than five minutes) and respond to a survey that can be found through the link below. We hope to utilize a series of similar surveys if response and results are well received. Thank you.

Take the survey 

Using electronic health records to improve quality and efficiency: The experiences of leading hospitals

By Sharon Silow-Carroll, Jennifer N. Edwards, and Diana Rodin Health Management Associates


This report from the Commonwealth Fund describes recent experiences of leading hospital in implementing electronic health records.

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As someone working to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare systems, you won't want to miss the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2013, sponsored by the Society for Health Systems, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at the event

  • Ten tracks of trending health systems topics with a program matrix full of dozens of sessions from presenters at top healthcare organizations 
  • Keynote speakers who are experts in healthcare systems management: Roger Gerard, executive business partner at ThedaCare, and Dr. Joseph Guarisco, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and system chief of Emergency Services for Ochsner Health System 
  • Four pre-conference workshops on workforce management, on-time surgeries, process consultation, and value and sustainment
  • Student activities and competitions, including a new student case study competition
  • Networking events, including the SHS 25th Anniversary Ceremony and a reception with the HIMSS Management Engineering/Process Improvement group 
  • Exhibits from top healthcare service providers and health systems academic programs

A Lean look at hospital readmissions By Marisha Burden, M.D. and Steven Kolpak, M.D., Denver Health

Physicians at Denver Health provide a presentation on reducing readmissions using a Lean approach. Denver Health has been applying Lean methods to clinical and non-clinical improvement for over seven years and is nationally recognized for performance in patient safety and outcomes among large teaching institutions.

Application of Lean Six Sigma in healthcare, improvement of nursing shift directors - a graduate level directed project experience

By Afsheen Mozammel, Lash B. Mapa, and Susan Scachitti, Purdue University Calumet


In this graduate level directed project the workload of Nursing Shift Directors (NSD) has been analyzed. The purpose of this study is to a) create a baseline metric of the existing process; b) collect operational data and analyze ways to improve the work efficiency by eliminating the non-value added tasks from the daily workload; c) automate some of the tasks performed by NSD; and d) monitor and provide control methodologies for sustainability.

Upcoming webinars
This webinar is tomorrow!  Register TODAY
Sponsored by SHS Conference Committee
It's All About What You Leave Behind - Value and Sustainment  
Feb. 5 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters: Nimish Patel and Keith Poole, Hospital Corporation of America and Joseph Swartz, Franciscan St. Francis Health

Summary: Nothing is more important than what you leave behind after process improvement work is complete. Learn about the critical success factors of process improvement in healthcare and how to use that knowledge to create value-added tools for your hospital or system in this one-hour webinar. More information and registration

Sponsored by Society for Health Systems
Strategy, Projects, Action! How to Align Business Improvements, Organizational Capabilities and Project Leadership 
Feb. 26 | 2 p.m. Eastern time

Presenter:  Bennetta Raby, PMP, M.S., LSSBB Summary: In a time of competing, fluid business needs, the alignment of an organization's strategy to a portfolio of projects to maximize their return on investment takes a highly coordinated effort. The requirement to create the link between projects and strategy often becomes the apparent once an organization is in dire need of reaching a transformative or reduced state. "Strategies, Projects, Action!" provides the fundamentals of how to align business improvements, organizational capabilities and project leadership. More information and registration

Thanks! SHS Newsletter Team
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.

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