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Kim Barnas

Kim Barnas

Kim Barnas has a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration and is the former Senior Vice President of ThedaCare and President of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center.

Kim has enjoyed the opportunities provided by ThedaCare as they have been on their lean journey for the past nine years.  The ThedaCare Improvement System (LEAN) path started with Value Stream mapping followed by improvement events, and projects.  She was involved in leading two of the initial Value Streams for OB and Cancer Services. 

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. 

Books by Kim Barnas
Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare
Hospitals have long relied on heroics to save the day – on one brilliant nurse or physician to fix the problem at hand. The result is a lot of people rowing in opposite directions, putting safety and quality at risk while increasing costs. This is the story of an organization breaking that habit.   Beyond Heroes shows the reader, step by step, how ThedaCare teams developed their management system, using the stories of its doctors, nurses and administrators to illustrate. The book explores each of the eight essential components of the lean system:Team HuddlesManaging to Established StandardsProblem SolvingTransparencyAdvisory TeamsScorecardsStandard Work for LeadersPhysician’s More »