As part of the 2016 Strategic Planning process, the SHS Board of Directors created several new committees and aligned them with cross-society activities to better serve the membership. To that end, the SHS Board cordially invites you to complete a short survey regarding other professional affiliations and credentials of our members as well as prioritizing the challenges you face in your organization. The board would also like to gauge your interest in serving as a mentor to either a student or young professional.
The board is excited to receive this feedback as it prepares member content and programming leading up to the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2017 in Orlando, Florida.
Please complete this short survey by Sept. 23.
Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2017
March 1-3, 2017
Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, Florida
HSPI Conference 2017 is your source for the latest in operational and quality improvement tools, methods and concepts such as lean, Six Sigma, productivity, benchmarking, simulation and project management.
Sponsored by the Society for Health Systems, HSPI Conference 2017 provides pre-conference workshops; educational sessions; ample networking events and opportunities and exhibitors with products and services to help you meet your quality, process and project goals.
Share your success story, share your knowledge, and energize the attendees with the latest in proven tools, analyses, and methodologies to improve healthcare operations.
Call for Abstracts
Are you doing good work in a healthcare setting? Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference abstract submissions are now open.
Share your success story, share your knowledge and energize the attendees with the latest in proven tools, analyses and methodologies to improve healthcare operations. Submit your abstracts now for the opportunity to present at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2017.
Abstracts for oral presentations are due by Aug. 31. Poster presentations are due Sept. 16.
Third Annual SHS Student Simulation Competition - Submission Now Open!
Entries are now being accepted for the third annual SHS 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 Orlando, Florida, at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference March 1-3, 2017. 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 fall session of the competition are due no later than Sept. 30.
Society for Health Systems Scholarship
Sponsored by Parallon 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.
Applications must be received at IISE headquarters on or before Dec. 1. Click here to learn more.
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Register for the FlexSim Student Simulation Competition by Sept 30!
Calling all students! Enter today for our third annual SHS
Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim Software Products Inc.
Teams of up to four students can enter by solving a "real-world" healthcare
situational case study using FlexSim’s simulation software. Three finalist
teams will be chosen to receive complimentary registration and funded travel
expenses to present at the 2017 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference.
The total cash prize pool is $5,000, and first place wins $2,500! Don’t wait
until it’s too late; sign up today! Click here for more details and sign up
GEMBA: Managing for Daily Improvement
Don’t miss this webinar given by Sheena Butts, Director of Organizational Effectiveness from Lakeland Regional Health. Discuss how we have implemented Gemba Walks and have utilized Gemba Boards in order to align front-line staff to our True North-strategic priorities and how we are daily managing for improvement. Register here
An Introduction to the Early Career/Young Professionals Committee
The Society for Health Systems is in its second year of having a Young Professionals/Early Career Committee. This committee meets once a month via conference call which brings together young professionals/early career SHS members from all around the country. In the first year, Tarun Mohan Lal led the committee as chair and Mary Ellen Skeens acted as board liaison. This year the chair is Elizabeth Gentry and Mary Ellen Skeens continues to serve as the board liaison. The two vice chairs this year are Laura Silvoy and Amy Slovacek.
Mary Ellen Skeens lives in the Greater Atlanta area where she works for Phillips Healthcare as the director of solutions architecture and bid management. Elizabeth Gentry lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville's Industrial Engineering Department Laura Silvoy lives in the Philadelphia area and is a healthcare systems engineer for Array Advisors. Amy Slovacek lives in St. Louis and is the director of planning and operational excellence at Lutheran Senior Services.
Our monthly committee conference calls ask for input from all members. The committee discusses a variety of topics including planning for the upcoming conference and member spotlights. Each month the committee provides the opportunity for a committee member to share their career experience and interests with the group. It’s a great way to learn about various roles which SHS young professional/early career members serve and how they help improve healthcare by using engineering principles!
Click here for more information.
If you have any questions or would like to join the committee, please contact us at SHS.YoungProfessionals@gmail.com.
Students, are you looking for a way to get involved?
The Society for Health Systems is seeking two student members to join the Education Committee.The Education Committee's focus is on promoting, highlighting, and educating members on the vital role of industrial and systems engineers in healthcare.
We do this through understanding our member's needs and seeking industry leaders to share their knowledge with our membership network of students, young professionals, mid-careerist, and experienced professionals.
Committee members meet online monthly to plan and deliver these educational offerings including webinars, podcasts, conference sessions and regional networking events.
If you would like to get involved in shaping your profession, networking with experienced professionals, and building your resume please contact Education Committee Chair Jarvis Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest to join the SHS Education Committee.
Professional Members, do you want to get involved with SHS? Join a committee!
Are you interested in joining a SHS committee? Looking to expand your network and volunteer experience? The committees have set their goals for the year and are looking for help achieving them. SHS is a member-led organization. We look forward to working with you!
If you are interested, please reach out to the committee via the emails below, even if you're just curious about how you can fit in to the SHS organization!