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Kim Barnas

Kim Barnas

Kim Barnas is the chief executive officer of Catalysis, in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Before her role at Catalysis, Kim served as a senior vice president for ThedaCare, and president of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center, where she learned about operational excellence and implemented this work in hospital operations.

As the journey continued, a new challenge emerged—the need for a systematic method to sustain improvement, clarify daily continuous improvement opportunities, and deliver on strategic deployment. To meet this need, Kim and her team led the development of a management system. This lean management system is designed to deliver improved performance through a predictable process that develops leaders, identifies defects, solves problems, and develops people. In 2014 Kim authored a book titled Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare based on this journey. Her latest book, co-authored with John Toussaint, M.D., is Becoming the Change.

Kim is actively teaching, mentoring, and supporting healthcare executive teams around the world. Her current focus is a principle-based approach to executive management. This system builds a new set of competencies in senior leadership teams who are looking to improve organizational performance. Kim has a master’s in healthcare administration.


Articles by Kim Barnas
The Lives of Your Grandchildren Depend on Innovating New Healthcare Models
Renowned healthcare transformation experts examine what it will take to reinvent healthcare models through innovation and propose a new process for finding them. More »
New Book, Becoming the Change, Shows that Real Organizational Change Is Personal
Learn the cause of and cure for healthcare improvements that relapse to the old ways of working. Kim Barnes, Catalysis CEO, and John Toussaint, MD, demonstrate in their new book, Becoming the Change, that the problem is CEOs, boards, and executive teams who are disconnected from improvement work. The cure is for leaders to fundamentally change how they behave toward people. In other words, they must become the change. More »
Transcript of Podcast with Kim Barnas and John Toussaint about Becoming the Change
In this transcript of a recent WLEI podcast, Becoming the Change authors Kim Barnas and John Toussaint talk with LEI's Tom Ehrenfeld about the challenges of personal leadership regarding healthcare transformation. More »
Books by Kim Barnas
Becoming the Change Becoming the Change
Two renowned healthcare transformation experts provide a blueprint for implementing the principles and behaviors leaders at all levels must embrace in order to create lasting change. More »