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Education and the sharing of information are at the heart of Lean Transformation. Simpler® senseis and leaders regularly host and participate in events, conferences and seminars aimed at helping organizations make the most of Lean principles. Here is a listing of upcoming events:

Simpler Hosted Events | Conferences

Simpler Hosted Events

Simpler North America's Annual CEO Symposium
Where: Chicago, IL, USA
When: October 9-10, 2014

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Simpler's annual North American CEO Symposium offers Simpler’s client executives the exclusive opportunity to hear from national leaders in Lean, to learn how other organizations are applying the Simpler Business System, and to network. Joining our agenda will be:

  • Len Nichols, PhD, of the Center for Health Policy Research and George Mason University
  • Lynn Bagge, MD, of The Permanente Medical Group
  • Steven Lampert, MD, Ron Kwon, MD, and Karen Dasilva, MD, of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
  • Andrew Wampler and Genny Webb of Mountain States Health Alliance

The symposium will be held in Chicago, Illinois at the Loew's Chicago O'Hare Hotel (formerly the Intercontinental Hotel O'Hare.)  A specially-priced block of rooms has been reserved until September 17, 2014.  To receive the special rate of $189 per night, please identify yourself as part of the Simpler group when making reservations by phone or use the special link below.

Loew's Chicago O'Hare (formerly the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare)
(847) 544-5300

Questions?  Please speak with your Simpler sensei or contact Liesl Friesenhahn at travel@simpler.com



Simpler Europe's Practitioners Conference
Where: Dijon, France
When: October 28-29, 2014

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Please save the date for Simpler Europe's Practitioners Conference, reserved solely for current Simpler clients.  The conference is geared towards your Lean core team members, value stream owners, department managers and directors, and operations managers. This program is free of charge to current Simpler clients.

Speakers include:

  • Steven Balint, RES Group
  • Darren Hobbs, AIM Aviation
  • O. Ohrling, Vossloh Nordic
  • Guus Sturk, AMC Hospital

The symposium will be held at the Hotel Mercure.   A specially-priced block of rooms has been reserved at a preferred rate of 135.00 € (TTC, breakfast and city tax included) until October 1, 2014.  To book, please email reservations to h1227-re@accor.com and reference Simpler.  A detailed agenda will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration.

Questions?  Please speak with your Simpler sensei or email Liesl Friesenhahn at travel@simpler.com.



Simpler North America's Practitioners Conference
Where: Chicago, IL, USA
When: February 26-27, 2015

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Please save the date for Simpler’s North America Practitioners Conference to be held in Chicago, Illinois on February 26-27, 2015.  This event provides a unique opportunity for Simpler client practitioners to share lessons learned, collaborate on new ideas, and enhance their own improvement and leadership capabilities.  The conference will be held at the Doubetree Hotel Rosement near Chicago O’Hare Airport.  Details coming soon.





In the opening session of this conference, Marlene Zurack, SVP and CFO of Simpler client New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, will explore the impact of Lean management on improving the revenue cycle process and collections. She will share case study examples of how HHC leveraged Lean strategies to redesign processes, improve charge capture workflow and reduce cycle time, helping them achieve $127 million in new annual revenues.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 26th Annual National Forum
Where: Orlando, FL, USA
When: December 7-10, 2014

Every year, the IHI National Forum refuels the tanks of leaders of change, from executives to the front line, including those of us at Simpler Healthcare!  Please visit Simpler Healthcare in the exhibit hall.

Also, please join us on Wednesday from 10:45-11:15am in the presentation room at the entrance to the exhibit hall.  We will highlight the top 10 essential things leaders should know including that Lean tools are only part of the solution to transforming your entire workplace.

The Lean Prescription: Powerful Medicine for Our Ailing Healthcare, the highly-anticipated book by Patricia Gabow, MD, former CEO of Denver Health, will make its debut at the IHI Forum.  Watch for details on this exciting book launch!