August 2018 Newsletter
Time is Running Out! Submit Your Abstract Now for the 2019 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference

Submit your abstract now for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement  Conference
2019 - sponsored by the Society for Health Systems, Feb. 20-22 at The Grand Hyatt in Houston, Texas. 

Share your success story, share your knowledge, and energize the attendees with the latest in proven tools, analyses and methodologies to improve healthcare operations.

We are accepting abstract proposals for poster and oral presentations on multiple topics related to healthcare systems.  Abstracts are due by  Aug. 15.

A Message From the President - Dean Athanassiades
   Fellow SHS Members, this month, I'd like to tell you about an improvement we've implement on our SHS Committees website  to reduce cycle time from request to resolution.  The improvement we've made is to establish a single conduit for Committee inquires at .  This location is monitored daily and inquiries will be routed to the appropriate Committees for resolution.  You can reach this link from the Committees website or you can send your questions about SHS Committees directly to this address.
While we are on the subject of Committees, we have committees for people interested in Students, Young/Early Career Professionals, Experienced Professionals, Communications, Annual Conference, Education, Academics, and Awards.  Our Committees welcome, value, and need your participation.  If you are interested in one of these areas or just want to find out more, write a note to us at
Share Your Knowledge at the 2019 Applied Ergonomics Conference

Abstracts can now be submitted for next year's   Applied Ergonomics Conference as it makes its way to the Big Easy on  March 25-28, 2019.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to present your ergonomics findings, solutions, and expertise with other practitioners from around the world.

The specific educational tracks of the 2019 conference include:
  • Advancements in Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics In Action
  • Ergonomics in Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE)
  • Ergonomics Programs
  • Master Track
  • Multi-Skilled Ergonomics Practitioners
  • Office Ergonomics Programs and Applications
  • Posters 

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Come Join Us at the ELSS Conference

Attend and learn from experts in ISE, management, healthcare and academia at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference, Sept. 24-26, in Atlanta. SHS past president Amanda Mewborn is one of the keynote presenters! Register here.
Virtual Career Fair Coming Soon - September 26th

Grow your network and get leads for open job positions at the 
IISE Student Virtual Career Fair  on Sept. 26. IISE student members can upload their resumés, browse current job openings with leading employers and chat one-on-one with recruiters to advance their job search. IISE professional members can host a booth for their organization and connect immediately with interested, talented students who are actively seeking job opportunities in the field. Mark your calendars and register for the  IISE Student Virtual Career Fair  today! Are you an  IISE Corporate Partner ?  Your organization gets a free booth at the IISE Student Virtual Career Fair!

Mark your calendars!

See you next May 18-21 for the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Where ISEs unite for education, connection, recognition and innovation. #IISEAnnual2019
Upcoming Webinars

Healthcare Simulation: Innovative Techniques for Application

Presented by Society for Health Systems (SHS) Young Professionals
Aug. 23, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters:  Alice Gittler, EwingCole; Ali Hobbs, Catalyst; Laura Silvoy, Array Advisors; and Muyuan Li, Ph.D., BayCare Health Systems

Refining Your Soft Skills to Accelerate Career Progress and Success

Presented by Columbus/Eastern Chapter-Region, CISE, Young Professionals 
Aug. 28, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters:  D. Scott Sink, Ph.D., The Ohio State University and David Poirier, The Poirier Group

Seven Effective Lean Six-Sigma Principles for the Modern Enterprise

Presented by Engineering Lean & Six Sigma (ELSS) Conference Committee 
Aug. 30, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter:  Merwan Mehta, Ph.D.,  professor, East Carolina University

Senior ISE Leaders Share Learnings from Career and Life Choicepoints

Presented by Columbus/Eastern Chapter-Region, CISE, Young Professionals  
Sept. 6, 12 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters:  D. Scott Sink, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Kelli Franklin-Joyner, UPS, Jim Dobson, Walt Disney World, and Rudy Santacroce, CallisonRTKL  

The Fatigue Phenomenon®

Presented by Applied Ergonomics Conference (AEC) Committee and sponsored by Applied Ergonomics Society (AES) 
Sept. 6, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter:  Lance S. Perry PE, principal lean director, my ergo365

Graduate School: Questions and Opportunities in M&D

Presented by Manufacturing & Design Division
Sept. 11, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters:  Iris Rivero, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Richard Wysk, Ph.D., North Carolina State University and Pedro Huebner, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Ergo Cup® Submissions - NEW for 2019

As a picture is often worth a thousand words, you now have the option to submit  Before & After PHOTOS of your Ergo Cup® entry. The photos must be converted to a PDF document that is a maximum of 2 pages in length and no more than 10 MB.
The application deadline is Oct. 26. and the  Ergo Cup Finalists will be notified Dec. 7.
FlexSim Student Simulation Competition -  Submissions Now Open!

Entries are now being accepted for the 5th Annual HSPI Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim. Gather a team of four students (maximum) to solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. Your team could win the first place prize of $2,500!

Each team will have approximately nine weeks to develop its solution for preliminary judging. Three teams will be chosen to compete in the finals in San Antonio, Texas at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference Feb. 20-22, 2019. The winning team will be announced at the conference. Each of the three finalist teams will receive $1,250 for travel to the finals, cash awards, complimentary conference registration and certificates. For more details about the competition and entry parameters, go to the simulation competition web page .

Entry forms for the competition are due no later than Sept. 29. Don't miss this chance to show off your skills and reap the "awards".

Questions? Contact Bonnie Cameron at .  
Society for Health Systems Scholarship  

Sponsored by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
Available to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in any school in the United States and its territories, Canada and Mexico, provided: (1) the school's industrial engineering program or equivalent is accredited by an agency or organization recognized by IISE; and (2) the student is pursuing a course of study in industrial engineering and operations research with a definite interest in the area of healthcare. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. Deadline for nominations is Nov. 15. Read more here.
Anything New to Report?

Do you have a recent milestone in your career? Have you changed companies or changed jobs? We are excited to hear the good news.   Share your information here!
SHS Newsletter Team
Vanda Ametlli, Editor
Lauren Todd