ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value Announces Lean Leadership Series for Sibley Memorial Hospital: Transforming Habits and Behaviors of Healthcare Leaders

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Fall Lean Leadership Series offers a multi-day, multi-workshop event designed to teach lean leader skills and practices.

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This is a 'just do it' for all organizations struggling to find their way on their lean journey. - Luke Poppish, senior lean advisor, South Shore Hospital in Massachusetts

The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value is hosting a Lean Leadership Series at Sibley Memorial Hospital in D.C. on Oct. 18-21. The series is a multi-day, multi-workshop event designed to teach lean leader skills and practices. A broad range of topics are covered such as coaching skills, the scientific method of problem solving and the key components of enterprise excellence. CE credits are available.

The series is designed to transform healthcare professionals into leaders who drive higher value in their organizations. “Management in a lean organization is built on leaders who coach, ask effective questions and solve problems,” said Marta Karlov, the Center’s director of education. “Fostering this new kind of leadership is the first step on healthcare’s Transformation Roadmap.”

The Lean Leadership Series allows participants to develop their own learning tracks by registering for up to three of the following sessions:

  • A3 Thinking
  • Coaching for Improvement
  • The Building Blocks of Enterprise Excellence
  • Creating a Lean Management System
  • Moving Beyond Budgeting in Healthcare
  • Implementing Rolling Forecasts in Healthcare
  • A gemba visit to tour the host site, Sibley Memorial Hospital

The series blends classroom learning, gemba tours, and networking to offer a relevant, hands-on mix of experiences.

“The content is critical for any leader who aspires to become a lean leader,” said Luke Poppish, senior lean advisor of South Shore Hospital in Massachusetts. “This is a ‘just do it’ for all organizations struggling to find their way on their lean journey.”

Leah Mitchell of Salem Health stated, “Coaching for Improvement was the most valuable workshop I’ve ever attended. As an executive healthcare leader, it caused me to reflect on how I lead and how to develop others.”


  • Insights from experts across a variety of disciplines
  • Choose three of six innovative learning experiences, including one gemba
  • Highly interactive sessions to allow for practice and learning from peers
  • CE credits available
  • Visit to learn more or to register
  • Contact Sara Thompson at sthompson(at)createvalue(dot)org with any questions

The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value is an education institute that believes we must have three essential elements for sustainable change in healthcare: Delivery of care designed around the patient; payment and incentives based upon value and outcomes; and transparency of performance (quality and cost) throughout the healthcare system. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, we are a small not for profit with a big mission to help change the healthcare industry. Learn more at:

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