Thanks for a great HSPI 2020 conference in Savannah, Georgia!

See you next year at the HSPI Conference 2021, Feb. 24-26 at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida. Save the date!

ISE magazine: Welcome to the healthcare of tomorrow

The changing nature of 21st century healthcare is being influenced by many disruptive factors. Learn more about the features in this video preview of the February 2020 issue.

Listen to IISE's brand new podcast

Episodes are available for download on the "Problem Solved" website or your favorite source for podcasts. New episodes each month!

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.

Happy new year, SHS members!

We are off to a great start at the Society for Health Systems with several outstanding events and announcements to share. First off, the votes are in, and we are happy to announce and welcome our new Board Members and Officers.

  • President-Elect: Lauren Todd
  • Director 2020-2023: Cody Hall
  • Director 2020-2023: Aaron Kanne
  • Assistant to the President: Darrin Judkins
  • Secretary: Neal Moriconi
  • Treasurer: Todd Banks

Please join me in congratulating these new members to the Board and thanking them for their service to our Society.

The Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference is just around the corner.  The conference will be held in historic Savannah, Georgia, Feb. 26-28. This conference is our capstone event for the year that includes an outstanding group of speakers, pre-conference workshops, and site tours, along with a multitude of professional networking opportunities. Get a preview of one of our pre-conference workshop speaker, Dr. Davana Pilczuk, in the Savannah Morning News article, Finish Line column: Health care can learn from industrial engineers. Additionally, if you or a colleague want to learn more about why to attend, check out Mark Graban’s feature podcast on HSPIC, Podcast #355 — An Engineer, an Architect, and a Nurse on Healthcare Improvement.

Below are a few upcoming events and important dates:

  • Open SHS Webinar at 12 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 30 by Scott Sink on how to design, develop, and lead a flow workshop in a hospital. This webinar is a case example of how University Hospital East is "reducing to practice" learnings shared by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on how to improve flow in hospitals. Register Here.
  • IISE Cup 2020 Sponsored by The University of Tennessee Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  This international competition provides an exciting opportunity for companies to highlight their successful innovation solutions. Submissions accepted through January 31, 2020.
  • Register now for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference in Savannah, Georgia.  Also, don’t forget to lock in the discounted hotel rate at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.
  • While you’re at the conference, join the young professionals' panel discussion around Advancing Career Development Through Mentoringon Thursday, 2/27 from  4:15-5:20 PM.  Additionally, an in-person networking/meet up event, will take place at the YP Dutch Dinner. All mentors, mentees or anyone interested are welcome to join.
  • Interested in being a mentor or mentee? Sign up on IISE Connect. The SHS mentoring program is focused on developing key leadership skills of young professionals and building relationships between experienced and young professionals in order to better develop a community of healthcare improvement experts.

If you have questions, comments, or discussion points for the Board, visit 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

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