I am an unabashed fan of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, as you’re probably aware. For full disclosure, I was previously an employee of the Lean Enterprise Institute, a key partner of the Center.
They have a lot of great information and events, so I’d like to use today’s post to share that with you and encourage you to take advantage of what they’re offering and to help share.
Book: Beyond Heroes
The Center is now taking orders for a new book: Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare, written by Kim Barnas, a former Senior VP at the ThedaCare health system and a key leader in their Lean journey.
I was fortunate to read a preview copy and this is my endorsement blurb:
Many people talk about lean management, but Kim Barnas is one of the few who have actually built a robust lean management system in healthcare. Beyond Heroes will be immeasurably useful to organizations that are looking to move beyond tools and projects to a culture that creates the best patient care and a far better workplace for healthcare professionals. This book is full of impactful stories and meaningful, practical advice that is grounded in the realities of healthcare, while making real the potential that every organization should be achieving. I’d strongly recommend this book to every healthcare leader – read it, talk about it, and put in the hard work required to make these meaningful changes happen.
I have a lot of respect for Kim from my visits to ThedaCare and I can’t recommend this highly enough.
I’m told that a Kindle version will be available… but not at the moment:
Kim Barnas Podcast coming soon
I recently recorded a podcast with Kim and will be releasing that really soon.
The Center also announced an upcoming webinar: Real World Evidence of Performance Improvement – Decreasing Readmission Rates at ThedaCare using Clinical Business Intelligence and Lean Process Improvement Techniques.
That’s a mouthful, but I’m sure it will be good. Check it out on April 30 and register today.
Let me also plug two webinars that I’m involved in that have nothing to do with the Center:
- Archive of yesterday’s KaiNexus webinar on proven process improvement models (and our software) that I did with Dr. Greg Jacobson
- Our upcoming June webinar produced by Gemba Academy: Congratulations, You Have Lots of Employee Ideas! Now What?
Lean for Physicians Workshop
I played a (paid) role last year to work with The Center and some ThedaCare physicians to help create a one-day “Lean for Physicians” workshop that’s now titled:
“Lean for the Practicing Physician” is the new name for “The Science of Problem Solving for Physicians,” our 1-day program designed and facilitated by physicians, for physicians. We have also incorporated fresh content based on feedback from practicing physicians who use lean every day, such as a new module on how to accelerate problem solving through the application of improvement kata.
Join your colleagues!
Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit
If the words “at the Summit” confused you just there, you need to learn about the best Lean healthcare conference of the year: the 5th annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. Kim Barnas, along with John Toussaint and others, will be keynote speakers.
This event is not only outstanding because of the speakers and presenters (all healthcare leaders, physicians, and practitioners), but also for the other attendees. If you’re looking for THE place to network and meet others who are doing what you’re doing in Lean healthcare, this is it.
Disclosure: I am attending for free, in exchange for moderating main stage Q&A sessions and moderating, for the 5th year, the CEO Panel. This year the panel features Kathryn Correia, Maura Davies, and Laura Easton.
I hope to see you there… and take advantage of these resources — both free (hooray) and paid (worth the price!)
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.