November 2017 Newsletter
Message from SHS President - Ashley, Benedict, PhD.

On October 17th, Society for Health Systems (SHS) President Ashley Benedict and President-Elect Dean Athanassiades shared the state of the society during the annual business meeting.  As a member, you can watch the video here to celebrate the past successes of the year and find out about upcoming activities for SHS members.
Why Best Practices Fail to Spread 

Spreading best practices is important to healthcare but can be very difficult to achieve across an organization. Dr. John Toussaint and Dr. Montgomery "Monk" Elmer discuss some of the reasons why best practices fail and some points how to move beyond failure. Click here for full article.
How to understand hospital quality rating programs

Ever wonder how to understand all the hospital ratings (CMS, Leapfrog, and Truven Analytics). The Advisory Board has assembled summaries of the methodology and metric categories to rate quality.  To find out more click here

Follow the Conversation - SHS Education Committee 

Lean Training: Belts Don't Convey Mastery & Absence Doesn't Indicate Ignorance


Performing a quick internet search will show thousands of lean training programs that currently exist. Some are offered online; others, in person. Some require weeks of study; others, a few days. Some combine the methods of lean and Six Sigma; others focus on only lean. Some involve project work; others are entirely course work. As more industries embraced the methodologies of lean, the number of profession-specific training programs grew rapidly, saturating the market with a variety of training programs having little in common. Click here to read more about lean certifications editorial by Laura Silvoy and contribute to conversations on the SHS Twitter page.
SHS Elections open November  13 th

Elections will open Monday November 13th for (1) President -Elect and (2) Board
Members. Please make sure that you vote promptly. Elections will close December  1 st. 

Just a reminder that professional members can vote, student members are ineligible to vote.
SHS Member Highlight: Career News 

Kurt Neubek a Principal with architecture/ engineering/ interiors/ consulting firm Page, is now the firm-wide Healthcare Practice Leader. Kurt is an architect who has specialized in healthcare programming and design for more than 25 years. He recently presented at the 2017 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference on "Getting Decisions That Stick!"

   NEW    IISE Connect allows IISE members to easily interact and communicate online, empowering you to have better access to your member benefits. 
Society for Health Systems Scholarship Sponsored by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
  • Be an active Society for Health Systems student member. Have an overall point-hour average of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.
  • Be enrolled full-time, as defined by the student's university.
  • A graduation date of May/June 2019 or later.
Students may not apply directly for the scholarship. They must be nominated by IE department heads, IISE student chapter advisors, IE faculty or by SHS board members, SHS diplomates or SHS senior members. Applications must be received at IISE headquarters on or before Dec. 1 and include:
  • A transcript and resume or CV including statement of career objective.
  • Three letters of recommendation reinforcing applicant's contributions to the industrial engineering profession in healthcare.
  • Statement of Interest in Healthcare describing candidate's contributions to, or experience in, industrial engineering in healthcare.
    A three to five page original essay supporting the theme "IEs in Healthcare: Improving Processes in Healthcare."
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Please join our upcoming Webinars 

Young Professional Early Career Development

Presented by Society for Health Systems Young Professionals and HPSI Conference Committee - OPEN TO ALL
Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters: Jordan Aronhalt, Northwell Health, Laura Silvy. Array Advisors and Tarun Moha Lal, Mayo Clinic
You want to work in the Healthcare. You think you are a perfect fit. You plan to transition to a different position. Navigating your career path can seem overwhelming, sometimes. Knowing what you are looking for and what it is like are important to help you make a rational decision. 
Understanding FMEA - What's the Worst That Can Happen?
Presented by Society for Health Systems and HPSI Conference  - OPEN TO ALL
Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Eastern time 
Presenter: Eric Smathers, performance improvement facilitator, Medical University of South Carolina
Discover how to use a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) tool during this interactive lesson to identify high-risk process steps based on the consequences of failure.
Both Webinars are open to the public, share the link with your collegues!
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