May 2017 Newsletter
Public Health Preparedness Report Shows Improvements, But State Disparities Remain 

The Robert Wood Johnson foundation study released its annual study showing state performance on overall preparedness index against catastrophic events. The index is composed of 139 metrics in six categories of health security surveillance, community planning and engagement, information and incident management, healthcare delivery, countermeasure management, and environmental and occupational health. Overall, the United States is becoming more prepared to handle public catastrophes with some states lagging. Researchers found that states' health security scores were inversely associated with both poverty levels and rates of uninsured residents. Key findings and state breakdown can be found here.

"Lack of simplified standard work is harming our patients," Leigh Hamby stated to the audience. Heads nodded across the room as the chief medical officer at Piedmont Health (Atlanta) described how increasing compliance with standard work has driven their infection rates down. Click here  to read more.


2017 Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Symposium Details
Date:   October 6, 2017
Time :  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
Location : Trident Technical College, North Charleston, S.C.

For more information click here or contact Shana Dykema at 843-792-9737 
Social Media: #lsshs17
VA Outperforms Other Hospitals in Quality But not Patient Satisfaction, Study Finds

A recent report from JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed patient experience and hospital data for 129 Veteran Affairs (VA) facilities and 4,010 non-VA facilities utilizing Hospital Compare reporting data and the  American Hospital Association annual survey. The study found that VA hospitals "scored higher on six of the nine patient safety indicators than the non-VA facilities," such as readmissions and mortality metrics. Patient experience, behavioral health and provider communication areas found non-VA hospitals to perform better. Study findings serve as an opportunity for hospitals to determine improvement areas. Full study and other findings can be found here.
New SHS Diplomate
Mustafa Ozkaynak P.h.D

The Society for Health Systems awards diplomate status to an elite group of members. Diplomate status provides the professional credentialing these members deserve. They are SHS members with college degrees, work experience, published articles and/or presentations, ongoing education and a history of volunteering.

We are happy to announce Mustafa Ozkaynak's successful advancement to Diplomate Status within SHS.  His service to the society and the greater healthcare community is greatly valued. 

Find out more about the SHS Diplomate status, including how to apply, here.  

IISE Annual Conference 

This year's  IISE Annual Conference (May 20- 23) will offer a diverse program including a healthcare track focused for practitioners and researchers. Complete program and more details can be found here.  

Don't forget to attend some of these SHS-sponsored events and hashtag your experience using #IISEANNUAL.

Society for Health Systems Town Hall - May 21, 12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m.
Careers in Healthcare Systems - May 22, 8:00 a.m.-9:20 a.m. 
Save the Date!
Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2018

Join us February 21-23, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, for the best insights into efficient healthcare delivery with high quality outcomes.
IISE Training Center
Advance your career with these upcoming healthcare training courses.


June 12 | Norcross, GA


Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
June 26 | Norcross, GA

SHS Newsletter Team
Vanda Ametlli, Editor
Bart Sellers 
Eddie Perez-Ruberte 
Kendall Sanderson 
Panjal Shah
Ajay Jayakumar
Colleen Park
Lavana Ragavan

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