Registration Now Open for the #Lean Healthcare Transformation Summits in Belgium & California


Since the first Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit was held in 2010, I've been fortunate to attend and participate each year. I think it's the pre-eminent Lean healthcare event of the year. It never disappoints, between the keynote speakers, breakout sessions, CEO panel (which I enjoy moderating), and the networking amongst the attendees.

The Summit is held in various locations around the U.S. each June, co-produced by Catalysis (formerly the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value) and the Lean Enterprise Institute.

European Summit

Catalysis has also been doing a European summit for a few years now, in conjunction with CHU UCL Namur.

3rd Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit – Europe – March 14-15, 2017, Brussels, Belgium

I will be attending this year for the first time, so I'm very excited about that.

I'll be debuting a new workshop on March 13 as a pre-summit workshop. It's a new workshop, but it's topics and concepts I've taught many times before, combined together into a new format and workshop.

For this summit, it's titled:

Understanding Variation and Performance Management: Practical Applications of Dr. Deming's Red Bead Experiment

See my previous blog posts and a webinar on the Red Bead Experiment. I'm also incorporating topics from the book Understanding Variation and my own work teaching these concepts to organizations (see past blog posts on this).

The summit, in general, has a lot to offer including keynote speakers such as:

  • John Toussaint, MD: CEO – Catalysis (formerly ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value)
  • Patrick De Coster: CEO – CHU UCL Namur
  • Johnny Van der Straeten: CEO – Antwerp University Hospital
  • Daniel T. Jones: Founding Chairman – Lean Enterprise Academy
  • Marianne Griffiths: Chief Executive – Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

There are also a lot of great learning sessions, including a more abbreviated version of my workshop.

North American Summit

Registration is also now open for the North American Summit, to be held June 7-8 in Palm Springs, California, with pre-summit workshops on the 5th and 6th, including mine.

8th Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit – June 7-8, 2017, Palm Springs, California

Here, I'll be doing the same workshop (albeit improved a bit in the spirit of PDSA) under a slightly different title:

Better Metrics: Understanding Variation and Managing Performance Using Deming Methods

I hope you'll be able to check out one of the Summits, depending on where you live. I hope you'll come learn and practice proven statistical methods in my workshops.

Again, please visit the websites for:

More about the workshops and topic from a recent post:

Better Metrics & “Understanding Variation” – An Important Topic for Healthcare

The California Summit also has a number of great speakers and learning sessions, including:

  • Dr. John Toussaint: CEO – Catalysis
  • John Shook: Chairman & CEO – Lean Enterprise Institute
  • Kathleen Krusie: Senior Vice President, President, North Region – Community Health Network
  • Dr. Jack Billi: Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs – University of Michigan
  • Dr. Michael Johnston: Vice President for Corporate Operations – Carolinas HealthCare System
And, as they say… much much more!

Hope to see you there!


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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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