Healthcare systems professionals head to Savannah in 2020

See you next year at #HSPI2020 Feb. 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah on the waterfront.

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The transformational healthcare leader of tomorrow

Transformational changes and new strategies are needed to help the health industry meet its many challenges. Read the cover story from February's ISE magazine.

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September SHS Updates from the President  

Greetings SHS Members,

School is back in session, schedules are tight, and working professionals are back to the grind. SHS has had a busy month with several outstanding activities planned for the upcoming year.  One of the many benefits of SHS membership is both live and self-paced professional development. This past month IISE and SHS had one of the highest attendances records during a webinar titled Taking Charge Of Your Professional Growth With The Power Of Self-Mentoring. Panelists Amanda Mewborn of Piedmont Healthcare, Joyce Siegele of Northside Hospital, Valerie Boelman of UnityPoint Health, and Tarun Mohan Lal of Navicent Health discuss the power of self-mentoring. Be sure to check out this link to the presentation and webinar recording. 

As you continue to grow as a professional, let your efforts be known. Apply for SHS Diplomate Status.  Diplomate status provides the professional credentialing you deserve. Diplomate status in the society is awarded to recognize professional members for their contributions to the Society for Health Systems and the healthcare industry. Find out more. 

Below are a few upcoming events and important dates:

  • HSPI2020 conference abstract submissions are open and due by 9/13/19. Submit your Abstract.
  • Submissions are now open for 6th Annual HSPI Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim. Gather a team of four students (maximum) to solve a “real-world” healthcare situational case study using FlexSim’s simulation software. Your team could win the first-place prize of $2,500! Find out more.
  • SHS Young Professional’s Community of Practice reschedule the monthly meetings to the third Friday of each month at 2-2:30. This change is to better support the Think Tank Discussion from 2 PM to 3 PM on the first Friday on the month.
  • Mark your calendars for Feb. 26-28, 2020, when the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference heads to the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. 

Additionally, during the month of October your SHS board of directors is conducting a virtual mid-year planning retreat to review our leading and lagging metrics to determine how to better serve our members.  I would encourage you to post questions, comments, or discussion points for the Board in the Ask the Board thread on IISE Connect. I look forward to hearing from you and working with the board to deliver value to our members while advancing our professional practice. 


Isaac B. Mitchell

SHS President '19-'20

Submissions Now Open for the Student Simulation Competition!

Entries are now being accepted for the 6th Annual HSPI Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim. Gather a team of four students (maximum) to solve a “real-world” healthcare situational case study using FlexSim’s simulation software. Your team could win the first place prize of $2,500!

Each team will have approximately nine weeks to develop its solution for preliminary judging. Three teams will be chosen to compete in the finals in Savannah, Ga. at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference Feb. 26-28, 2020. The winning team will be announced at the conference. Each of the three finalist teams will receive $1,250 for travel to the finals, cash awards, complimentary conference registration and certificates. For more details about the competition and entry parameters, go to the simulation competition web page.

Entry forms for the competition are due no later than Sept. 30. Don’t miss this chance to show off your skills and reap the “awards.” Questions? Contact Bonnie Cameron at Thank you.

Society for Health Systems Scholarship

Sponsored by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
Available to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in any school in the United States and its territories, Canada and Mexico, provided: (1) the school’s industrial engineering program or equivalent is accredited by an agency or organization recognized by IISE; and (2) the student is pursuing a course of study in industrial engineering and operations research with a definite interest in the area of healthcare. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. One scholarship was awarded for the academic year 2019-20. 

A candidate for this award must:

  • Be an active Society for Health Systems student member.
  • Have an overall point-hour average of 3.00 on a scale of 0-4.00.
  • Be enrolled full-time, as defined by the student's university.

Students may not apply directly for the scholarship. They must be nominated by IE department heads, IISE student chapter advisors, IE faculty or by SHS board members, SHS diplomates or SHS senior members.For more information go to Scholarships.

IISE Connect

IISE Connect allows IISE and SHS members to easily interact and communicate online, empowering you to have better access to your member benefits.

Newsletters are now available in one spot to allow you easy access and frequent reference. Newsletters will be placed in the SHS connect community, click here to view the community page.

Follow this How-To Guide and log in to the SHS Member Community page on IISE Connect to view the latest member discussions and contribute your thoughts.

Current discussions include:

  • Value Stream Mapping Tools: Neal Moriconi has asked the community for insight on VSM tools outside of Visio.
  • Feedback on SHS Impact in Your Career: The Young Professionals committee is collecting member thoughts on how SHS has impacted your career and why it is important to remain active in the society.
  • Growing your Fixed Mindset to Achieve Success: Aaron Kanne recently read the book Mindset by Carol Dweck and has some thoughts on how the fixed vs. growth mindset concepts can be applied to the industrial engineering profession.


Are you interested in getting involved with SHS but are not sure how? We have multiple opportunities for involvement starting with our eight committees and our monthly newsletter. We are very excited with what we have in store for this year, but for SHS to be successful we need your help! Below are the committees and if you are interested in helping a committee or have a question please send a note to Elizabeth Gentry at

Click here to learn more about SHS committees.

IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering – A forum to bridge research and healthcare practices

IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering is an official journal of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. Our journal publishes research motivated by the challenging problems related to healthcare systems. It aims to foster the healthcare systems community by bringing research papers that have a strong methodological focus and direct applicability to healthcare systems to the audience. Currently, we publish papers in one of four categories: Healthcare Operations Management, Healthcare Informatics, Medical Decision Making and Socio-Technical Systems Analysis. Read more