SHS Year in Review

By Todd Schneider, immediate past president, Society for Health Systems

The Society for Health Systems utilizes our Business Meeting at the annual conference to review the "state of the society." For those that were unable to attend, here is a "year in review."

Over the past 12 months, the Board of Directors has worked with our volunteer-led committees with a focus on enhancing the member value. Highlights include:

  • The Tools, Methods, and Communications Committee began evaluating the organization of our web resources and our social media strategy.  Much of this work is still in progress and will continue in the coming year.
  • In addition to coordinating conference activities for students and student mentoring, the Student & Academic Committee developed Career Profiles to post on the website for students to learn about healthcare careers (view them here: They have also created a listing of schools that have a health systems engineering interest (find a link to that list here:
  • Our Member Recognition Committee continued to recognize members for professional achievements, helping each of our members “brand” themselves. (You can submit nominations for recognition here:
  • Our Education Committee developed and delivered 6 member-only educational webinars, in addition to the Conference webinars. These webinars provide an opportunity to learn best practices or new techniques and are provided at no additional cost and require no travel.
  • The board also began evaluating options for providing regional, low-cost, networking opportunities. We hosted a networking lunch and panel discussion in Atlanta, partnered with the IIE Greater Detroit Chapter to promote their Healthcare Symposium, partnered with the Bay Area Improvement network to promote a networking event, and co-sponsored an event with the Center for Disease Control related to Engineering in Public Health.
  • Our conference committee continues to develop conferences with improved content and networking. The 2014 conference attendance had attendance of more 300 people for the 5th consecutive year. We look forward to returning to Orlando in 2015. Save the date: Feb. 18-20, 2015, at the Rosen Plaza. Continue to monitor for details.
  • Society membership also continues to grow. Thanks in part to new corporate memberships, we experienced membership growth of 38 percent year-over-year. It is very exciting to see how many of us are being asked to continue to lead healthcare improvements in our local communities and with our respective organizations. However, the board also recognizes that we need to continue to deliver the member value to both new and long-time members.
  • The SHS Scholarship Fund also grew. Our goal is to raise $20,000 so we can offer the undergraduate scholarship in perpetuity. Thanks to the support from Parallon Workforce Solutions for their sponsorship of the 2014 scholarship, our fund balance is now at $2,513. To donate and help us reach our goal, go to:

It was an exciting year. We have an excellent board of directors and fantastic volunteer leaders working together for the betterment of our profession. If you are not actively involved in your society, please consider joining a committee. The coming year will provide many new and exciting opportunities for SHS to continue to lead healthcare improvement. At the conference, Ron McDade officially transitioned to President and will continue to focus on our membership and our impact on the industry. 

Thank you for your involvement in the Society for Health Systems and your continued service to the industry and our profession!

Todd Schneider
Immediate past president, Society for Health Systems