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.