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.
- Healthcare Value Network
Interested in learning how to apply lean thinking to healthcare? Learn more about the new partnership between the Lean Enterprise Institute and the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. Also learn about how to become a member of the Healthcare Value Network, a network of member organizations that have joined to collaborate and share their lean methods and experiences, accelerating each organization's "lean journey" and allowing each member to progress more quickly and more effectively than they could on their own.
- Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit
Interested in learning how to apply lean thinking to healthcare? Join the Lean Enterprise Institute and the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value for an intense two-day event. Come to meet, listen to, and learn from (and with) the pioneers of lean. Real leaders and practitioners from the Healthcare Value Network will share their learnings, including successes and challenges.
"Every healthcare system in the United States should master the ideas in this book and practice them every day. If they did, we would see a revolutionary improvement in medical care outcomes and massive cost reductions."
- Paul O'Neill, 72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
"Beyond Heroes is a practical and helpful guide for all leaders in healthcare. It fills a wide gap in the lean literature, and offers applicable steps for leaders no matter where they are in their improvement journey."
- Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
"If you are in the midst of a lean transformation in any industry you must read this book! … Kim is a natural story teller and we feel the struggles, resolution, and great joys of success!"
- Jeffrey K. Liker, Professor at University of Michigan and author of The Toyota Way
"Beyond Heroes outlines the leadership system necessary to achieve dramatic improvements in healthcare. … This book will help shape the healthcare leaders of tomorrow."
- Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Quality Improvement and Health Policy Expert at the centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services