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.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Skeens takes reins as SHS president-elect

Mary Ellen Skeens, recently elected president-elect for 2019 by SHS members, is featured in The Institute (page 60) from the March 2019 issue of ISE magazine.

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.

Healthcare Labor Management Online On-Demand

In this training course, learn the critical aspects of designing and executing a comprehensive labor management program for your health facility at your own pace.


A Message from the President - Dean Athanassiades

Welcome to 2019 and a new calendar year. For many of our members, January is not only the beginning of a new calendar year but also the beginning of a new operational year for your organization. Within the Society for Health Systems, our operational year begins and ends with our annual conference, the Health Systems Process Improvement Conference, this year in February, in San Antonio, Texas. As part of each year's operational planning, we ask you, our members, to choose the next wave of leadership for the organization.  

I'm pleased to recognize our next set of leaders:

  • President-elect - Mary Ellen Skeens
  • Directors - Elizabeth Gentry, Jarvis Gray

After serving the 2019-20 operational year as President-Elect, Mary Ellen will progress to President and then Past-President over the following years. Elizabeth and Jarvis will serve three-year terms as directors. In addition, the 2019-2020 President, Isaac Mitchell has appointed the following cabinet members:

  • Assistant to the Presidents - Lauren Todd
  • Secretary - Todd Banks
  • Treasurer - Aaron Kanne

Congratulations to all our new officers, directors, and cabinet members. And thank you to our members who took the time to vote and select our new SHS leaders.

Registration now open for the Six Sigma Yellow Belt Pre-conference Workshop - Wednesday, Feb. 20

Workshop Overview
Individuals who complete the class earn the IISE Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification. Demystify this topic with this seminar that includes a discussion of the Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Implement-Control (DMAIIC) methodology. This seminar will provide you with an overview of the basic philosophy, organization and methodology for Six Sigma quality and introduce you to the Six Sigma topics of variation, process capability and root cause analysis. Note: Individuals planning to take Six Sigma Green Belt should not take this course. Register here. 

Join us in the Lonestar State for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference Feb. 20-22, 2019

The Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2019 is your source for the latest in operational and quality improvement tools, methods and concepts such as lean, Six Sigma, productivity, benchmarking, simulation and project management. Along with extensive learning opportunities, rich networking events are incorporated throughout the conference being held this year in San Antonio, Texas. Register here.

IISE Connect

IISE Connect allows IISE 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 the Society for Health Systems (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