Society for Health Systems Newsletter
December 2013 Society for Health Systems website
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The Society for Health Systems is currently conducting the 2014 elections. The elections are for the president-elect and two board members, and for a change to the SHS bylaws. You will need your SHS/IIE member number to complete this form. If you're not sure what your member number is, we can e-mail it to youPlease participate in electing the individuals who will represent you during the upcoming year and also cast your vote on the bylaws change.
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The election will be open until 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 16, 2013. 

To survive or not to survive? WMH's Surgical Services 5S journey
By Tangela Craft, Wayne Memorial Hospital/Premier Inc.


Some necessary reconstruction had Wayne Memorial in a bit of a quandary in early 2011. Most of their surgical services supplies and equipment had been literally squeezed out into the hallways for storage and they were literally busting out at the seams. A five-step performance improvement approach helped Wayne Memorial to better organize and locate surgical supplies and equipment and in removing outdated/unneeded supplies & items all over the entire division, thereby, improving patient safety and reducing supply costs as well as staff time spent searching for needed items.

Shortening hospital stays for lower-risk patients after a severe heart attack 

By Craig Strauss, Minneapolis Heart Institute

This guest post in the Harvard Business Review describes how the Minneapolis Heart Institute has started to use a validated risk-prediction tool to distinguish between patients who require an extended hospital stay after a severe heart attack and those who can safely go home within 48 hours.

Resar RK, Griffin FA, Kabcenell A, Bones C. Institute for Healthcare Improvement Innovation Series white paper. 


The Hospital Inpatient Waste Identification Tool provides a systematic method for hospital front-line clinical staff, members of the financial team, and leaders to identify clinical and operational waste and subsequently prioritize and implement waste reduction initiatives that will result in cost savings for the organization.
Upcoming Webinar

Title: New Community Health Models for Increasing Healthcare Capacity

Date &Time:  Dec. 12 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter:  Pierce Story, co-founder and director of concept development, Capacity Strategies Inc.
Summary: This webinar will review exciting new community care models that have been successful in reducing unnecessary readmission rates and ED visits, improving patient compliance and satisfaction, and impacting the total cost of care and clinical outcomes, at little or no expense. Supporting infrastructure will be shown, and the role of ME/IEs as important elements in these new business models will be discussed.


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Professors use industrial lean methods to re-engineer clinic


What began as an MBA class project at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management ended up with participants applying factory management techniques that hold promise for improving medical clinic productivity and quality. The research was supported by the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue's Discovery Park. The improvements improved the capacity of the clinic by 37 percent with no additional resources.

How we revolutionized our Emergency Department
Eric Goralnick, Ron M. Walls, and Joshua M. Kosowsky, Brigham and Women's Hospital

This article in the Harvard Business Review describes how one emergency department went from the sixth to the 99th percentile in patient satisfaction using a lean framework to eliminate waste. 

Simulation in healthcare

By Thomas Roh and Tarun Mohan Lal, Mayo Clinic

As healthcare costs continue to rise and providers move towards patient-center care and measurable outcomes, healthcare organizations have sought out new tools to contain costs and attain these goals. Consequently, the demand for simulation has been rising rapidly based on prior success in other industries.


This presentation will cover the statistical methodology used in discrete event simulation, model development, and common applications review of conceptual and algorithmic logic behind simulation.

SHS Scholarship Fund - donate today 
Did you know that the Society for Health Systems offers one scholarship to a deserving undergraduate student each year? The student receives $1,000, registration to the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference ($195), and a travel stipend of $300 to travel to the conference.
The scholarship is one way SHS is ensuring the future of healthcare improvement, and raising awareness of the opportunities in the field. The scholarship is funded by volunteer donations each year. As of today, the scholarship fund has $882 in a restricted asset account at IIE. SHS needs $1,500 to offer the scholarship this year.
Donations to the scholarship fund are tax-deductible. Would you please donate to the fund today? You can donate by completing the SHS Charitable Donation form. 
Thanks! SHS Newsletter Team
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Bart Sellers, interim editor


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