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Sr. Vice President, Operational Excellence
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Director, Lean Sigma Deployment
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VP Quality & Affiliate Relations
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Former CEO/Regional VP North Region & VP of Continuous Improvement
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President & CEO
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Assistant Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry
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Former Assistant Medical Group Administrator
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Vice President, Executive Lean Sensei
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Vice President; Performance & Process Improvement
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Continuous Improvement Executive Director
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Senior Healthcare Systems Engineer, Office of Performance Improvement
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Vice President and Value Stream Leader
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Dr Rohit Hasija
Physician & Program Director Hip and Knee Center
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Director Performance Improvement
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Administrative Director, Lean Transformation
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Corporate Director, Organizational Excellence
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Chief Nursing Officer
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Head of Operational Excellence
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Medical Staff Affairs Officer
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Senior Consultant P.I & Employee Engagement
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Director of Lean Transformation
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Executive Director of Performance Improvement and Outpatient Services
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MPH BSN RN-BC CPHQ, Senior Specialist Performance Improvement
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Enterprise PMO Governance and Process Manager
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Kenneth J. Cochran
President & CEO
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Manager, Business Process Excellence
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Corporate Director - Organisational Transformation
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Manager, Enterprise Improvement
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Chief of Staff & Area Vice President of Operations
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Director, Transformation and Process Integration
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Lean Six Sigma Specialist
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Executive Director, PMO
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Dr. David Linz
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
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Bill Owad, senior vice president of Operational Excellence specializes in the strategies and tools that support the pursuit of a lean enterprise. Working with a team of nearly 150 Operational Excellence staff members and coaches aross Cardinal Health, Owad is responsible for developing and implementing an enterprise approach to Operational Excellence at Cardinal Health, ultimately improving the value delivered to the company’s customers.
In addition to his role as senior vice president, Owad also supports the extension of Operational Excellence external to Cardinal Health as the executive sponsor for the company’s relationships with the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) Partner Program, the Healthcare Value Network, The Ohio State University Fisher College Center for Operational Excellence and the Conference Board Quality Council. During his tenure, Owad has held several positions within Operational Excellence and has served as the primary architect of the company’s enterprise-wide deployment of Operational Excellence, which, over eight years, yielded significant improvements in customer loyalty, employee engagement, operational performance and working capital utilization.
Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Owad held several operations and administrative roles that have used the tools of Lean Six Sigma to transform health care provider organizations, supply chain and medical supply companies. These roles include corporate director of quality for ProMedica Health System, executive director for Cordelia Martin Health Center and several adjunct faculty positions with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Toledo and other nationally recognized programs.
Owad is also active in the community, serving in the past as board chair for the Central Ohio American Red Cross BioMedical Services, board chair for Cordelia Martin Health Center, senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program, and examiner / team leader for the Ohio Award for Excellence. Currently, Owad serves as a board member for the Partnership for Excellence, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and the ASHP Research and Education Foundation.
Owad received his bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Toledo. His post-graduate work includes the achievement of Fellow status with the American College of Healthcare Executives, multiple Lean Six Sigma certifications and continued development as a Lean leader through his work with Cardinal Health and LEI. Owad has also authored several publications and presentations on quality systems and customer loyalty.
A Master Black Belt in Lean Sigma, Winner has managed the instruction and coaching for the projects of hundreds of health care Green Belts. Winner earned her BSN from The Johns Hopkins University, followed by an MBA in the Business of Medicine program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies. She received her Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Motorola University and has over ten years of clinical nursing experience at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Emergency Nursing and Cardiology.
Joyelle Sudbury, MPH is the Vice President for Quality and Affiliate Relations for Cedars-Sinai Health System. In this role, she collaborates with other CedarsSinai leaders to create and continually update a comprehensive vision and plan for quality and efficiency goals and functions at Cedars Sinai. She is responsible for overseeing and providing expert resources to assure ongoing prioritization, development and alignment of the quality improvement and efficiency efforts across Cedars-Sinai including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Medical Network, affiliated hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This includes leadership, consultation and resource management to support Performance Improvement efforts in clinical quality, operations efficiency, workflow design/redesign, program development/evaluation and patient experience. In addition, she is responsible for leading the Cedars-Sinai Centralized Credentialing Service for the integration of provider credentialing across Cedars-Sinai entities including the alignment of competency standards and Medical Staff governance. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai in 2006, Joyelle’s career included both Medical Group and Community hospital leadership in quality, safety, case management, credentialing, infection prevention, risk management and regulatory compliance. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health, is a Six Sigma Black Belt and an ISO 9001 certified auditor
Edgardo’s healthcare career started at the NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Florida. He spent almost 20 years there working in many clinical and support departments from Accounting to X-Rays and everything in between. He learned hospital management from the ground up, and has a great appreciation for the role of every member of the team.
He is active member of the Baton Rouge Health District, the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Hospital Association. His favorite charities are the Baton Rouge General Foundation and Hogar de la Madre (a convent in Spain where his daughter is a nun.) In his spare time he enjoys reading on his back porch, riding dirt bikes on the single track trails of the Kisatchie National Forest and playing golf with his wife, Kelli Joan. He has four beautiful children – Joan Isabel, Alex, Kristen and Cecilia Zoe.
With more than 28 years of Healthcare Management experience, John A. Ludwig, RN, MHA, is currently serving as the President and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph Hospital Highland, a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital. Prior to his current position John was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital – both 25-bed Critical Access Hospitals of the Central Maine Healthcare System. Prior to his appointment as COO to these two facilities, he was the COO/Chief Nursing Officer at Bridgton Hospital, and earlier the Administrative Nursing Director at St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis Missouri – an affiliate of SSM Healthcare. He also worked at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
John is a Licensed Registered Nurse with 40 years of experience which started in the United States Air force in Wiesbaden Germany where he cared for the Hostages of Iran upon their release and finished as a Flight Nurse with well over 1000 hours in the air. He has a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University. He has an impressive healthcare business background, a proven record of strong leadership and operating performance, a demonstrated ability to improve quality and patient access to care, and knowledge to increase accountability and results. His financial acumen, attention to detail, and management of million-dollar construction and renovation projects has led to state-of-the-art facilities with more efficient operations and better care.
He is an active member of the community and is supported by his wife Cynthia of 41 years.
Dr. Levine initially started out his physician leadership career as the CEO of PsychCare Alliance and Topaz Health, where grew this to become the largest behavioral health medical group in the United States doing full risk and collaborative behavioral health care.
Dr. Levine is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine since 1992 as well as resident expert on Population Health. Dr Levine was also recently appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and has been active in their teaching programs around population health and future of medicine since 2014. He has published three dozen articles, book chapters and other abstracts in a variety of referred journals in addition to multiple national presentations and other works. This has included a wide array of subjects including population health, palliative care, the future of medicine, risk stratification and collaborative care in behavioral health as a principal investigator of IMPACT depression care.
Prior to his career in medicine, he has served as an administrator at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Naomi Newhouse CNM, MS, AMGA joined The Permanente Medical Group in 1989 as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She joined the Executive Administrative Leadership Team of the Medical Group as an Assistant Medical Group Administrator in 2012. Highlights from Naomi’s career include serving as The Permanente Medical Group Midwifery Chair of Chiefs for two decades, opening the Northern California Midwifery Program and the expansion of six midwifery service lines within the Northern California and Hawaii regions. Those that have had the pleasure of working closely with Naomi know that supporting women and their families brings her great joy. Currently, certified nurse midwives deliver tens of thousands of babies in the Northern California region each year. Naomi has personally delivered to date over 4,000 new Kaiser Permanente members.
During her career, Naomi has authored and facilitated key legislation on behalf of Midwifery practice and The Permanente Medical Group. She is a published author in the Permanente Journal (Spiritual Moments, 2005) and was interviewed as a primary contributor in 2013 for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Oral History Project housed and The Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
Naomi served as TPMG CME faculty and guest speaker at several national conferences across the United States and served over 12 years on the board of the California Nurse-Midwives Association including a term as President prior to joining the TPMG executive team. Other accolades include lecturing as ACOG Faculty for Patient Safety from 2011-2013 and she’s a standing Fellow of the California Health Care Foundation.
Prior to entering her professional career, Naomi sang jazz professionally opening for Dexter Gordon and Bobby McFerrin in the early 80’s.
Naomi obtained her Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree from San Francisco State University in 1987. In 1995, she obtained her Masters of Science Degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing Midwifery Program.
Naomi and her husband Edward currently reside in Central California and enjoy spending time with their family and partaking in all aspects of Northern California living.
Anne Marie Benedicto, MPP, MPH is the Vice President of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. Ms. Benedicto is an expert in Robust Process Improvement (RPI®) and high reliability methods applied to health care clinical and business processes. At the Center for Transforming Healthcare, Ms. Benedicto leads the Center’s initiatives to transform health care into a high reliability industry by strengthening organizational systems and structures that support zero harm.
Ms. Benedicto previously was chief of staff and executive vice president of Support Operations for The Joint Commission from 2008 through 2015. In that role, she was integral to the building of the company’s internal RPI® program, a systematic, data-driven methodology that incorporates Lean Six Sigma and formal change management. She also led the organization’s first RPI® training within a healthcare facility. In addition, she directed Center operations from 2008 through 2013, overseeing the development of solutions sets for hand hygiene, hand-off communications, and wrong site surgery, and the design of electronic applications such as the Targeted Solutions Tool® or TST®.
Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Ms. Benedicto was the administrator for both the Office for Excellence in Patient Care at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Health Policy. She also held finance-related positions at the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, including Reimbursement Director for Bellevue Hospital Center. Most recently, Ms. Benedicto was assistant vice president of hospital operations at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
Ms. Benedicto holds a master of public policy and administration and a master of public health from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a trained Green Belt and Change Leader.
Didier Rabino is HealthEast Care System’s Vice President, Executive Lean Sensei. His role is to coach senior executives, coordinate the lean transformation and develop organizational Lean capabilities. Previously, Didier spent 8 years at Andersen Corporation as plant manager in Menomonie, WI and as the leader of the Lean Promotion Office to develop and deploy the Andersen Manufacturing System (AMS.) Didier also worked 13 years at Steelcase in England, France and Michigan. There, he held several leadership positions in operations, R&D and logistics. He is proud to be one of the architects of the Steelcase Production System (SPS.) Over the past 25 years, Didier has been leading and supporting lean transformations and new process implementations in manufacturing and healthcare organizations.
Didier has been Director of the AME North Central Region Board since 2008, an instructor for Manufacturers Alliance and for the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) since 2007, and an instructor for AME, SME, ASQ, Shingo Lean Bronze certification class and associated exam. Didier shares his experiences by teaching all aspects of Lean tools, techniques and management systems. He is also a regular presenter at Lean Conferences.
Didier holds a Wood Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Nancy, France, a Business and Administration degree from the University of Perpignan, France and a Master’s degree in Industrial Sciences from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France. He obtained Lean certificates from the University of Michigan, the University of Tennessee, and Kellogg University. Didier is also lean bronze certified from Shingo/AME/SME/ASQ and 3P certified from Shingijutsu Global Consulting.
Didier is the 27th recipient of the Honorary Member Award of the Institute of Industrial Engineering. Award received in 2015. Past recipients include Edwards Deming, Lee Iacocca, W. Von Braun and Herbert C. Hoover.
Dr. David Grazman joined the Center for Transforming Healthcare leadership team in 2016 to oversee business development of the Center’s High Reliability offerings including Robust Process Improvement® (RPI) training for health care organizations and providers, focused on creating sustainable solutions to some of health care’s most critical quality and safety problems. His expertise will help advance the Center’s initiatives to help the nation’s leading hospitals and health systems build and strengthen their systems and structures to transform into high reliability organizations, providing health care that is consistently excellent and safe. In addition to holding previous roles within Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International, Dr. Grazman has also held a variety of leadership and consulting positions with internationally-known healthcare organizations, such as Tele Tracking Technologies and The Advisory Board Company, where he was responsible for the sales, delivery and management of strategic and clinical operational consulting engagements for hospital and health system clients. In addition, he is the former executive director of Heartland Health Outreach, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center that delivers medical, dental, mental health and substance abuse services to Chicago’s homeless population. Dr. Grazman received his doctorate in business administration from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri. He is currently certified as a Yellow Belt. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Chuck DeBusk is Vice President; Performance & Process Improvement for UHS of Delaware, a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. Chuck’s current role is to provide leadership to Operations and Clinical Process Improvement, Pharmacy, Surgery, Radiology and Laboratory. Chuck has over 30 years experience in healthcare and healthcare process improvement and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Registered Professional Engineer. He holds an MS in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee and a BS in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech. He can be reached at Charles.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Stenberg is the Senior Director of Process Improvement at Spectrum Health, a 26,000-employee integrated healthcare system with 12 hospitals and over 180 ambulatory sites as well as an award winning Health Plan. Spectrum Health has been recently named one of the nation’s top 15 health systems for the sixth time. Steve works with all facets of the health care system, from the insurance side, revenue cycle, hospital and ambulatory operations. Major projects Steve and his team are working on are the transition to one EMR system as well as optimizing revenue cycle operations and the strategy deployment. Steve is also actively working on integrating the various improvement methodologies within the health system.
Steve has over 30 years’ experience in leadership and continuous improvement. He has studied and implemented lean systems in many different industries. Steve has spent the last 4 years at Spectrum Health.
Steve started his career in the automotive industry working for 17 years at Donnelly Corporation where he held many different positions such as General Manager, Plant Manager, Manufacturing Manager, Advanced Quality Engineer as well as Shop Floor Supervisor. Steve has also spent 10 years as an Independent Lean Consultant for healthcare and manufacturing companies. Some notable clients are ITT, Honeywell, Dublin Aerospace, Faurecia, Johnson & Johnson, Florida hospital, Carolinas Healthcare and Trinity Health to name a few. He has completed 3P events and projects in Mexico, China, Japan, Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic and the United states. Steve is deeply trained in the Toyota Production System and Shingo Principles, and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Champion, and contributing author to Shingo Award Winning book, Leveraging Lean in Healthcare, and co-author of Lean Practitioner’s Field Book. He holds an Industrial Engineering degree.
Scott Saxton is a Continuous Improvement Executive Director at Intermountain Healthcare and former Lean/External Consulting Director at Autoliv North America, a World Leader in life saving Automotive Safety Products. He has been instrumental in the development and application of the Intermountain Operating System, a cultural improvement effort to engaged team members and leaders to drive results. Employees at Intermountain Healthcare have implemented over 23K ideas, 1900 came from Physicians, 19 Million in cost savings and over 2 thousand improvement projects in 2017. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Admin. from University of Phoenix and had 6 months 1 on 1 Training and Development in Toyota Production System from Takashi Harada with Toyota Corporation at OMCD Division.
Valentine Boving is a Sr. Healthcare Systems Engineer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in Houston, Texas. She holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering and also in Cellular Genetics and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Leadership. Ms. Boving has served on the Boards of ASQ (American Society of Quality) and IISE (Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineering) as Secretary and currently as President-Elect of the Lean Division. She is also a CQE (Certified Quality Engineer) and CSSBB (Certified Six Sigma Black Belt). She practices her leadership skills as President of her homeowners’ association.
During her 18 years in quality, Ms. Boving’s healthcare projects have received awards on the city, state and national levels. In May 2016 she was invited to Beijing, China to speak on Lean: Building a Quality Culture in Healthcare. In September 2016 and 2017 she was invited to speak to a visiting Chinese delegation of physicians on Total Lean Management at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
A gifted teacher, Ms. Boving leads training classes in Lean and Six Sigma in which she mentors her students through their required projects. She has made revisions to the curriculum periodically in order that the material remains relevant with the times.
Ms. Boving enjoys volunteering in her community at the Houston Humane Society, a nonprofit organization that finds adoptive families for its rescued dogs and cats. In addition, as a certified R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dancing) ballet teacher, she enjoys teaching ballet classes to the employees at MDACC.
Like all employees at O.C. Tanner company, Tolan Brown is an Appreciateologist. Tolan is also a Value Stream Vice President at O.C. Tanner where he has worked for the past twelve years and loves teaching employees to see opportunity and make improvements. He previously worked in computer engineering and manufacturing where he traveled throughout the U.S, Asia and Europe designing manufacturing equipment, implementing new processes, process control, and training. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA and he is a recovering Six Sigma BlackBelt. He also holds five patents. He is married, the father of four children ages 10 through 18 and enjoys living 20 minutes from the nearest ski resort where his family spends nearly every winter weekend.
The O.C. Tanner Company provides solutions and products that help companies appreciate their employees. We believe that celebrating great work inspires people to invent, to create, to discover; and when people are inspired, companies grow.
Dr. Rohit Hasija is an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Orthopedic Trauma and Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip and Knee. He is the Program Director for The Hip and Knee Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst – the first center in the borough of Queens with Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. Dr. Hasija is well known for creating pathways for process improvement. His areas of interest are both primary hip and knee replacement surgery and revisions of failed or painful joint replacements, but only after all conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief.
By individualizing plans for every patient to encourage a speedy recovery, Dr. Hasija has helped to restore mobility and improve quality of life for numerous individuals with hip and knee joints that no longer were functioning properly and were causing difficulty in day-to-day activities.
Dr. Hasija is actively involved in orthopedic research and education and is conducting several research projects on some of the most advanced topics in trauma and joint reconstruction. In addition to teaching medical students and residents, he has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Hasija is also active in the community giving talks on hip and knee arthritis and common orthopedic disorders. Dr. Hasija has been honored and awarded for his outstanding leadership and significant contributions to the Queens Community.
Dr. Hasija earned his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. He completed his orthopedic residency at Safdarjang Hospital in New Delhi. He continued his training in United States and completed fellowship training at The New York Orthopedic Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY and at Mount Sinai Services - Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst, NY.
He is completing an MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Science.
Amy Kosifas is Director of Sharp University at Sharp HealthCare, an integrated healthcare system in San Diego, where she is responsible for leadership development and physician leadership development activities. She also has primary oversight for Sharp’s High Reliability Organization (HRO) initiative. Prior to joining Sharp, she was Program Manager for performance excellence at the Port of San Diego. Earlier positions focused on strategic planning and quality improvement at hospital systems in the Midwest, including Northwestern Healthcare and Henry Ford Hospital. Amy is an ASQ-certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Professional in Patient Safety. She serves on the Executive Board of the California Council for Excellence, California’s state program affiliated with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Smith College and her MBA in Health Administration from the University of Chicago.
Katie is a leader in optimizing systems and processes across complex healthcare organizations. She works with multi-disciplinary teams on health system-wide improvement efforts focused on improving clinical quality and operational efficiency. Katie is a Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt and utilizes these methodologies to drive change at Cedars-Sinai Health System.
Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai in 2011, Katie worked at Triage Consulting Group, a healthcare consulting firm based in San Francisco. In her role, she led project teams at over 15 hospitals helping clients identify and recover lost revenue while providing recommendations to minimize future cash losses.
Katie has her Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Southern California and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kim Sinclair is a nurse executive with over 28 years’ experience, primarily in tertiary-quaternary teaching medical centers in both the US and Canada, and with more than 6 years working with lean methodology, lean management system, and leadership coaching.
She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a BSN in ’89 and University of California, San Francisco with a MS-HAIL ’17. Kim’s clinical experiences range from primary care in remote locations to pediatric critical care and hematology/oncology/blood and marrow transplant. The latter has been a large focus of her career, eventually serving as inpatient manager at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for 9 years. Kim has developed a reputation as a respectful and thoughtful leader with an expertise in patient safety, leadership, and coaching.
Kim has been recognized for building and supporting strong interdisciplinary teams in problem solving and improvement work within challenging, complex, and fast paced environments. Her training with lean began in 2011 and one year later she took on a role as a lean consultant which helped launch the Kaizen Promotion Office and accelerate the lean transformation at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and served as their Director. In August, 2017, Kim joined the Lean Transformation Office at UCSF Health as their Administrative Director and dyad partner to Lei Choi, MD, Medical Director.
Vernon Alders, MHCDS, MBA, MSW is the Corporate Director of Organizational Excellence atChristiana Care Health System, located in Wilmington, Delaware. Vernon leads a team ofinternal consultants trained in a variety of organizational improvement methods and techniques.He and his team have extensive training and expertise in Process Redesign, Operations Research,Change Leadership, Lean Six Sigma, Leadership and Staff Development, System and IndustrialEngineering and Strategy Formulation and Alignment.
Under his guidance, Mr. Alders’ team has supported a number of important clinical and operational change efforts resulting insignificant improvements in patient care, satisfaction and financial performance. With nearly $2.0 billion dollars in annual revenue, Christiana Care Health System is a nationallyrecognized leader in health care quality and outcomes, having won the prestigious EverestAward from Truven Health Analytics two years in a row, as well as being recognized as aTruven Top 100 hospital.
Under his leadership at Christiana Care, Vernon has supported theorganizations’ transformation from a project by project approach to quality improvement to amore formal management system using Lean principles.He has a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College, a Master of BusinessAdministration in Finance from the University of Baltimore and a Master of Clinical SocialWork from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He also received a post-graduate certificatein Managing Healthcare Delivery from the Harvard University School of BusinessPrior to joining Christiana Care in 2006, Mr. Alders was the Director of Operational Excellencefor Adventist Healthcare in Rockville, MD. His vast experience in health care includes serving asa Management Consultant, a Psychotherapist and an Outpatient Psychiatry Manager at MedStarHealth located in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Elizabeh Goveral, DNP, RN, CMSRN, joined HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in December 2017. Prior to joining St.Elizabeth’s, Govero served as Chief Nursing Officer at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital- Highland for two years.
During her tenure, St. Joseph’s was recognized as one of only five hospitals statewide during the Illinois HospitalAssociation Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality’s 2015 and 2016 Quality Excellence Achievement Awards,as well as being named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital by the National Rural Health Association.Beth also provided leadership as Interim President and CEO at St. Joseph’s Highland for nine months. She also has served as the Director of Nursing Operations at St. Elizabeth’s, Nurse Director for Surgery Services with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and adjunct faculty at the Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis.
Joseph D. Vacca is currently the Head of Operational Excellence for CIGNA HealthSpring. Vacca has over 20 years of leadership experience in Finance and Operations with an emphasis on Continuous Improvement and Enterprise Efficiency. He has worked across Insurance, Financial Services and HealthCare industries at companies including General Electric, MassMutual, Aetna and CIGNA. Vacca has been a practicing Six Sigma Black Belt since 2004, with ASQ certifications for Black Belt (CSSBB) and Lean (LSC).
He has a bachelor's degree in Economics & Psychology from St. Lawrence University, and an MBA from Rensselaer's Lally School of Management. Vacca is also a graduate of the GE Financial Management Program and CIGNA's Financial Development Program, which he then directed upon graduation. Vacca lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys outdoor sports and wellness activities such as hiking, running, and biking in his free time.
Dr. Joseph Perno currently serves as the Medical Staff Affairs Officer overseeing
credentialing, privileging and physician quality initiatives for Johns Hopkins All Children’s
Hospital (JHACH). He also works as a pediatric emergency medicine physician in the
In addition, Dr. Perno serves as medical director for care coordination at
JHACH. He is focused on aligning clinical resources across the continuum of care to
enhance quality and patient safety and provide high quality, value-based services.
Dr. Perno joined the JHACH in 2003 as an attending pediatric emergency medicine
physician and served as assistant medical director of the pediatric emergency department
from 2005 through 2015. He chaired the JHACH Medicine Quality of Care committee and in 2009 was named vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. He has chaired or been a key member of several system innovation and quality improvement efforts at JHACH. Dr. Perno served as chief of the medical staff for 2016.
Dr. Perno is board-certified in both pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. He
completed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-UMDNJ and his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.
He is active in patient, family and community education efforts and in 2009 was honored by
the Clearwater Free Clinic as its 2009 Physician of the Year.
Mustafa Abdulali is the Director of Lean Transformation at NCH in Naples, FL. Mustafa is focused on engineering a culture that embraces structured problem solving using tools and techniques from process improvement methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma. He previously worked as the Director of Performance Improvement at Main Line Health in Philadelphia, PA and had spent over a decade in the Automotive and Aerospace industries where he held a variety of positions.
Mustafa has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of Florida and is an American Society of Quality Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Christopher Govero has over 15 years of Lean/Six Sigma process improvement experience in a wide range of industries, including Healthcare, Manufacturing Government, Department of Defense, Education and other service industries. He has also spent time consulting both domestically and abroad.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Southern State University and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. In addition, he also holds an ASQ Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
Chris currently works as the Executive Director of Performance Improvement and Outpatient Services at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s in Belleville, IL. His key responsibilities include leading hospital wide Lean Six Sigma efforts as well as operations in Outpatient and Revenue Cycle departments.
Kristin began her nursing career in the Emergency Department and has held positions in case management, clinical education and administration. As Director of Clinical Excellence responsible for Salem Hospital’s initial Magnet® designation, Kristin became one of the first Kaizen Fellows who traveled to Japan, Virginia Mason and Boeing to learn about Lean. She quickly realized the potential for Lean to impact quality of patient care, and has since moved into a Lean specialist role to guide others to a Lean mindset.
Since joining PeaceHealth in 2014, Kristin has coached leaders and staff to a Lean mindset, primarily through implementation and use of a Daily Management System (DMS) at the local and system level. Kristin partnered with leaders to adapt DMS to manage daily operations related to infection control breaches and subsequent incident response at two PeaceHealth hospitals. Kristin presented that work and outcomes at a national conference in 2017. She is now the Performance Improvement liaison to the Quality department, guiding the department to use of DMS to implement FY18 Clinical Excellence initiatives.
Kristin received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from North Park University in Chicago, IL, and a Master’s of Public Health from Portland State University in Portland, OR. She enjoys singing, playing the cello, yoga, and her lovely family and friends.
Sherryl Schown has more than 18 years of IT experience in all areas of information technology process and project management, coaching, mentoring, storage, networking, hardware, software and desktop support. She is excited to share her knowledge and tips at the BTOES event. She has worked for several industry leading companies in healthcare, public sector (Federal, State and City/County) and consulting/contracting services as a Business Analyst Team Leader, Project Manager, Product Owner and currently a Governance and Process Manager.
She currently is the Enterprise PMO Governance and Process Manager for a large healthcare company where she manages project, program and portfolio governance and process improvements. In this role, she is responsible for leading and ensuring compliance with reporting, standardization and project framework. This includes coaching and mentoring project managers and facilitating training sessions on managing projects and bringing them back into alignment. Her most challenging roles include governance for divestiture and merger and acquisitions programs.
She is familiar with Agile, Waterfall and hybrid project management approaches. She led several scrum teams in ensuring the product and feature improvements were in support of the company’s mission and vision. She develops onboarding techniques for the PMO, served on software change management boards, onboarding team and product management leadership boards and helping teams to manage their releases and product forecasts.
Kenneth Cochran is a senior level healthcare executive with more than 20 years of healthcare experience including diversified experience in clinical department management. He has extensive professional involvement in local, state and national level organizations, and has been recognized for exceptional skills in financial and operations management, regulatory compliance, clinical outcomes, and physician recruitment. He has been branded as an “Up and Comer” by many colleagues.
Originally from the state of Alabama, Mr. Cochran is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and Board Certified in Healthcare Management. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama and received his Master’s in Business Administration from California State University in Bakersfield, California. Mr. Cochran received his Doctoral degree of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He also served as an orthopedic specialist and combat flight medic in the United States Army Reserves for 8 years.
Mr. Cochran is currently serving as President/Chief Executive Officer of Opelousas General Health System since 2015. Since joining Opelousas General, he has focused the organizational around evidenced based leadership tools and tactics that include organizational alignment, leadership accountability, and competency development. Taking a systems approach is Mr. Cochran’s leadership style as he feels that all must learn to operate with fewer resources; a tactic that is a must for healthcare leaders.
Leslie Simon has 18 years of health insurance experience in the customer service, quality, audit & compliance and process excellence disciplines. She is a Manager of Enterprise Business Process Excellence at Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina with a focus on advancing the maturity of the Enterprise Business Process Management capability.
Leslie has a passion for improving the consumer experience by evaluating internal processes. In 2014, she received the Blue Cross Blue Shield NC CEO Award for her process improvement work in the provider space that reduced the time to credential by 70%, increased provider satisfaction and contributed an annual savings of $253,000.
Leslie is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and earned a BS degree from Clark University in Worcester, MA.
Adam Johnson is the Corporate Director for the Center for Organizational Transformation at Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Florida. He began his career with Baptist ten years ago as a Process Engineer and prior to that, worked for BearingPoint as a consultant supporting Naval Aviation Repair and Overhaul. The transformation effort at Baptist Health Care led by Adam has resulted in establishment of a corporate A3 Training Program (recognized in Training Magazine), a Value Stream Management discipline, Daily Management processes in over 40 departments, tiered huddling, and Training Within Industry for Job Instructions. In addition, he continues to lead the effort to assess and expand transformation competencies for the organization while maintaining clarity and focus on overall process improvement framework, as well as alignment to system strategies. The A3 program has produced workflow improvements and improved retention among participants, showing a turnover rate at 1/5th the norm for the general workforce. It has been a cultural journey that continues still, requiring an awareness for timing, an understanding for the organizational capacity to learn and celebrating the behaviors that engage the work force for process improvement.
Adam received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University and an MBA at the University of Miami, where he was introduced to the study of quality and achieved his Six Sigma Black Belt. Outside of work, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters, gardening, bicycling and fishing.
Tracy West-Grubb, BS, BA, M.Ed., MSL, CSSBB currently serves as the Chief of Staff and Area Vice President for CareCentrix, where she is responsible for operational excellence and growth. Her background and experience includes serving in roles within quality & safety, risk management, accreditation, project management, organizational and leadership development, the innovation hub and operations. Tracy has held positions in the acute, residential and post-acute environment where she leads the transformation of organizations through innovative strategic planning, leadership development, program design, education and mentoring.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Madison University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Arkansas Tech University. She also holds a Master of Science in Education Counseling from Madison University and a Master of Strategic Leadership from Stephens College. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a number of certifications related to project management, quality and training. She is a frequent speaker at industry improvement conferences and routinely emcees a variety of programs within her community. Tracy won multiple industry awards for innovation and team collaboration during her time as an Improvement Advisor with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
She enjoys an adventurous lifestyle traveling with her family and friends. In her spare time, she volunteers as a mentor for new medical school graduates, aids in homeless rehabilitation programs, and relishes in teaching Krav Maga at women’s self-defense seminars. She is a strong advocate for children, serving on the Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast Board of Directors. For the last two years, she has chaired their annual fundraising galas; Tracy continues to serve as their Executive Committee Vice-Chair and advisor to the Resource Development Committee.
Cody Schmits is the Director of Transformation and Process Integration at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has more than seven years of experience in the healthcare industry serving as a consultant, advisor, and transformational leader.
Cody is a proven leader with a history of success in driving change and has led the Children’s Hospital in improving operational performance by more than 25% during his tenure. Cody’s areas of expertise include physician engagement & alignment, service line development, performance improvement, change management, and strategic planning.
Claudia Guthrie has over 20 years of achievement and increasing responsibility in a variety of industries including Textiles, Aerospace and Utilities/Energy and a variety of business disciplines. She has demonstrated special expertise in process development and improvement, project management, organization building, strategic planning, and cross-functional team facilitation.
Claudia’s accomplishments include the start-up and design of work processes for a state of the art textile manufacturing facility, the design of a “moving line” for the wing assembly of the Boeing 777, the development of a capital management framework to better manage $35 billion of construction spending for a utility, and the transformation of Supply Chain department responsible for $3 billion of annual spend. Claudia joined BCBSNC in April 2013 and is now leading a team of process and management consultants focused on improving operational efficiency and improving the overall consumer experience.
Claudia earned an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BS degree from NC State University.
Dr. Donna Powers is the Lean Six Sigma Specialist for the Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI). With a proven track record of healthcare process improvement and organizational change, Donna joins a committed team of leaders who strive to improve patient safety and quality of care in their journey toward becoming a high reliability organization.
Prior to joining CHSLI, Donna enjoyed a long career at Northwell Health (formerly North Shore –Long Island Jewish Health System) with expertise in clinical nursing, hospital administration, operations, resource management, patient throughput and quality. She held positions including Assistant Vice President Ambulatory Cancer Services and Director Program Evaluation where she used Six Sigma, Lean and Change Management methods to drive business initiatives and goals.
Donna has trained hundreds of healthcare employees as a faculty instructor for the Center for Learning and Innovation (NSLIJHS) and introduced Six Sigma and Lean thinking to the Executive MBA program at Wagner College where she is employed as an adjunct professor.
Dr. Powers has earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University, a Masters of Public Administration from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hunter College- Bellevue School of Nursing. She is certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean and Change Management expert. She has presented nationally and is a published author.
Dr. David Linz is an Internal Medicine physician who practices in Marco Island, Florida. He is a key core faculty member and the Director of Quality Improvement and Research for the NCH Healthcare System Internal Medicine Residency Program, an affiliate of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Dr. Linz also serves as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for NCH Healthcare System.
Namita Azad is the System Transformation Manager for the Montefiore Health and TransformationManager with the department of Performance Improvement & Analytics at the Montefiore Medical Group. She is responsible for the dissemination and sustenance of all quality programs and initiatives but specializes in managing this with infusing the clinical transformation with quality improvement science. This unique approach has grown to be a mark of Montefiore’s quality improvement strategy and has been recognized throughout the Health system as the standard for transformation.
Dr. Tom Muha is a psychologist with over 30 years of experience in delivering evidence-based coaching to individuals and teams who are seeking proven methods for achieving higher levels of personal wellbeing and professional performance.
Dr. Muha has been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at some of the world’s top healthcare organizations, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Magnet Recognition Program’s Pathways to Excellence, and HeathStream’s People in Healthcare Summit.
Dr. Muha is the Director of The PROPEL Institute. He received his Doctoral degree in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.