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Iowa Healthcare Leadership and Lean

Leadership Symposium (Iowa)

It sure seems like Iowa gets mentioned here on the blog quite a bit, for lean manufacturing and lean healthcare.

John Touissant, of ThedaCare (in Wisconsin), is speaking at an Iowa healthcare symposium April 22 (unfortunately, it appears to not be open to the public).

I saw Dr. Touissant speak in the UK last year, he’s a very good speaker about lean and healthcare improvement.

John Toussaint, MD, is the Chief Executive Officer of ThedaCare Inc., which is composed of four hospitals, 21 clinics, home care, hospice, senior services, and behavioral health. He has been responsible for introducing the ThedaCare Improvement System, a model of continuous improvement, that is transforming ThedaCare to the same level of quality performance achieved only by manufacturing companies.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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  1. Dean Bliss says:

    This is an Iowa Health System event – we have a forum once a year for the leadership teams of our hospitals and clinics. We are fortunate to have Dr. Toussaint as this year’s keynote speaker. I visited ThedaCare in November, and they are doing some very impressive things in healthcare using the Lean philosophy and techniques.

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