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"Veyance's Ohio plant insists on strong attention to detail"
RubberNews.com
By Chris Sweeney
Sep 25, 2014
Chris Flint, plant manager for Veyance Technologies Inc. (Simpler customer), shares their company-wide Lean transformation story with Chris Sweeney at RubberNews.com. Find out how this plant, located in Marysville, Ohio, is saving more than $300,000 annually with a “Less waste, more Lean” approach to operations. 

"Nurses On the Move: Paula Roe"
NursingCenter.com
By Cara Gavin
Sep 19, 2014
Simpler Senior Advisor, Paula Roe BSN, joins NursingCenter.com for a Q&A discussing her unique nursing background along with her positive Lean management experiences in the healthcare field. Her outlook on the future of nursing and what it means to be a nurse leader in today's healthcare system are also included in the discussion.

"Simpler Consulting Appoints James Spann to Supply Chain Practice Leader, Simpler North America"
By Simpler Consulting
Sep 18, 2014
Simpler is pleased to announce the appointment of James Spann to the role of Supply Chain Practice Leader of Simpler North America.

"Dr. Paul DeChant Joins Simpler Consulting As Executive Director of Clinical Operations and Innovation"
By Simpler Consulting
Sep 16, 2014
Simpler Consulting is please to announced the appointment of Dr. Paul DeChant to the role of Executive Director, Clinical Operations and Innovation. As former CEO of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, DeChant brings deep, real-world expertise in Lean transformation. DeChant will provide strategic direction for enhancement and innovation of the healthcare delivery system for Simpler and its clients.

"> "Lean management for cutting costs and a happier hospital "
Becker's Hospital Review
By Ayla Ellison
Sep 09, 2014
Andrew Wampler of Mountain States Health Alliance (Simpler customer) shares the 14-hospital health system's Lean transformation story with Becker's Hospital Review Reporter Ayla Ellison.

"Healthcare Industry Must Reinvent Itself Using Leadership Techniques From Business World"
Forbes
By Glenn Llopis
Jun 07, 2014
Simpler CEO Marc Hafer and Senior Advisor Dr. Gene Lindsey share thoughts on how leadership techniques from the business world can help the healthcare industry reinvent itself.

"Healthcare Leadership Must Shift From Cottage Industry to Big Business"
Forbes
By Glenn Llopis
Jun 02, 2014
Simpler CEO Marc Hafer, Simpler Healthcare Advisory Council Member and President/CEO Emeritus of Atrius Health Dr. Gene Lindsey, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation CEO Paul Dechant and Group Health Physicians President/Chief Medical Executive Dr. Michael Soman discuss the necessary shift in healthcare leadership from the cottage industry to big business.

"Truven Health Analytics Acquires Simpler Consulting"
BusinessWire
By Truven Health Analytics
Apr 2014
Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of healthcare analytics and data solutions and services, today announced the acquisition of Simpler Consulting. The strategic acquisition combines Truven’s market-leading cost and quality analytics with Simpler’s performance management consulting capabilities to deliver impactful and tangible performance improvement solutions to healthcare, government and commercial customers.

"Health companies eye predictive software for patient care"
Marketplace
By Dan Gorenstein
Mar 11, 2014
In a piece on the movement toward standardizing patient care with predictive software, Simpler Senior Advisor Dr. Patricia Gabow warns that over-standardizing care is possible, emphasizing the importance of ensuring quality and being wary of wasteful processes.

"Leaders' engagement key to process of eliminating waste, respecting patients"
Modern Healthcare
By Steven Ross Johnson
Feb 08, 2014
Reporter Steven Ross Johnson sits down with Simpler Advisory Council member Dr. Patricia Gabow for a Q&A on Lean process improvement.

"Case Managers Show Their Worth"
For the Record
By Lisa Eramo
Nov 2013
An article for the "CFO Zone" column on case managers and measuring their ROI in a hospital setting. The article features insights from Regional Director John Rubio and Sensei Jose Bustillo.

"Electronic Health Records: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
Becker's Hospital Review
By Dr. George Palma
Oct 14, 2013
Simpler Medical Director Dr. George Palma weighs in on EHRS, discussing the good, the bad and the ugly.

"Disruptive Innovators: Shifting to lean"
Healthcare Finance News
By Stephanie Bouchard
Aug 26, 2013
Managing Editor Stephanie Bouchard highlights Simpler customer Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) and its Lean journey for her "Disruptive Innovators" column. Features commentary from MSHA Assistance Vice President Andrew Wampler as well as Simpler North America President Mike Chamberlain.

"On the Move"
The Sacramento Bee
Jun 23, 2013
Simpler Consulting has hired Dr. George Palma as its medical director. He will provide client consulting support and strategic counsel from his Sacramento office.

"President and CEO of Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Joins Simpler Consulting"
Executive Insight
By Jill Hoffman
Jun 01, 2013
Simpler Consulting announces the appointment of Dr. Gene Lindsey, president and CEO of Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, to its Healthcare Advisory Council.

"Take 5 - Winning By Design"
Medical Design
By Sherrie Conroy
Jun 2013
In this interview, Winning by Design co-authors Chris Cooper and Rob Westrick discuss how Simpler’s lean technique can help companies improve efficiencies as they look for ways to cut costs in the wake of the medical device excise tax.

"6 tips for lean revenue cycle management"
Healthcare Finance News
By Kevin Fuller
May 31, 2013
Simpler Account Manager John Gallagher shares six tips for improving revenue cycle using Lean management with Healthcare Finance News New Media Producer Kevin Fuller.

"George Palma, M.D. | People on the Move"
Sacramento Business Journal
By Staff
May 30, 2013
A brief of Dr. Palma's appointment to Simpler Consulting medical director.

"Book unpacks how good design improves quality, reduces cost"
Engineering News
By Joanne Taylor
May 03, 2013
Rob Westrick and Chris Cooper discuss their new book, Winning by Design, which provides an in-depth view of the Simpler Design System and how it can be used to improve quality, reduce cost and expedite lead time during the new product development cycle.

"Squeezing out the Revenue"
Health Data Management
By Gary Baldwin
May 2013
Simpler Vice President Steve Matteson discusses the importance of mapping out workflows for revenue cycle and involving all staff memebers invovled in the process.

"Reducing Costs of HAIs & Surgical Infections"
Executive Insight
By Phil Goodman
May 2013

Phil Goodman, director of Lean Systems Improvement at Denver Health, discusses how the health system used Lean strategies to save more than $150 million and achieve the lowest mortality rate of any academic medical center in the country.

"Work flow analysis cirtical after EHR purchase"
American Medical News
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Apr 29, 2013
In an artlce on work flow analysis and electronic health records (EHRs), Simpler Account Manager John Gallagher shares his insight on the subject, noting that mapping work flows should be based on the patient journey through the practice and beyond the visit.

"Simpler Consulting Appoints Dr. Patricia Gabow Senior Advisor"
Becker's ASC Review
By Laura Miller
Apr 16, 2013
Editor in Chief Laura Miller gives an overview of Dr. Gabow's appointment to Simpler senior advisor and her leadership in the healthcare industry.

"Dr. Patricia Gabow Joins Simpler Consulting As Senior Advisor"
Executive Insight
Apr 16, 2013
Simpler Consulting announces the appointment of Patricia A. Gabow, MD to senior advisor.

"EHR design flaws causing doctors to revert to paper"
American Medical News
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Apr 08, 2013
Simpler Consulting CEO Marc Hafer discsuses how Lean management principles can help health practices acheive smoother EHR implementation and ultimately avoid EHR workarounds.

"Simpler Consulting Launches Healthcare Advisory Council To Drive Healthcare Insight "
Executive Insight
By Jill Hoffman
Apr 01, 2013
Simpler Consulting launches a Healthcare Advisory Council to provide strategic direction and insight into the healthcare delivery system for Simpler's clients.

"Winning by Design: Driving down costs in new product development"
Medical Design
By Sherrie Conroy
Mar 20, 2013
Rob Westrick and Chris Cooper talk about their book, Winning by Design, which highlights practical applications of Lean principles.

"Are we on the Way to a Real 'Learning Health Care System'?"
Managed Care
By Joe Burns
Feb 2013
Marc Hafer, President of Simpler Consulting, was intereviewed for a high level look on how hospitals are cutting costs and improving care.

"Dr. George Palma Joins Simpler Consulting as Medical Director to Expand Healthcare Presence"
Feb 27, 2013
Industry Veteran to Guide Healthcare Strategy for Bringing Lean Management to Hospitals

"6 Princples of Lean in Healthcare"
Becker's Hospital Review
By Sabrina Rodak
Jan 25, 2013
Rodak provides an overview of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings report, "The Promise of Lean in Health Care," co-authored by Dr. John Toussaint, CEO emeritus of ThedaCare and CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value.

"Key Takeaways from IHI's 2012 Annual CEO and Leadership Summit "
Healthcare Finance News
By Mike Chamberlain
Dec 14, 2012
In this blog post, Mike Chamberlain comments on the hot topics discussed at this year's IHI forum.

"Key Characteristics of Successful Leaders"
Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare
By Mike Chamberlain
Dec 2012
Simpler's Mike Chamberlain discusses key characteristics of a Lean leader in this article.

"Work Less, Create More Value - The Art of Delegating"
Forbes.com
By George Bradt
Nov 29, 2012
Contributor George Bradt interviews CEO Marc Hafer for a story for his New Leaders Playbook column. The article includes a quote from Marc on how to focus your activities on what will bring the most value to the end customer.

"Lean Management Maximizes Health IT Benefits"
Executive Insight
By Rebecca Hepp
Nov 14, 2012
Lean Management Maximizes Health IT Benefits Learn how a Lean approach helped one organization make the most of their EHR.

"Better Patient Flow Boosts Physician Practice Group Revenue by $3.5M"
HealthLeadersMedia.com
By Greg Freeman
Nov 13, 2012
Dr. Michael Pinnolis of Atrius Health discusses how Atrius Health has been able to improve efficiency of their physician practice through implementing Lean.

"Lean Transformation and Culture Change"
Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
By Susan Carr
Sep 26, 2012
After attending George Koenigsaecker's presentation on leading Lean transformations, editor Susan Carr describes how Koenigsaecker has led 11 corporations through Lean transformations. Carr duly notes Koenigsaecker's emphasis on the dedicated process of culture change and change management.

"Simpler Healthcare"
Executive Insight
By Glen McDaniel
Sep 2012
Glen McDaniel, contributing freelancer, writes a thorough review of Simpler Healthcare. McDaniel includes terrific insight into the advantages of working with Simpler and makes it clear the book's strong suit is in the real-world, concrete examples it provides on the benefits of implementing a Lean transformation, and states, “It could very well be required reading for all team members in an organization embarking on a process improvement project."

"Simpler Healthcare: While lean on Lean concepts, the book offers real-life examples of how a variety of organizations with different challenges have embraced this technique."
Executive Insight
By Glen McDaniel
Sep 2012
Freelancer Glen McDaniel wrote a thorough review of Simpler Healthcare including terrific insight into the advantages of working with Simpler, etc. McDaniel makes it clear the book's strong suit, rather, is in the real-world, concrete examples it provides on the benefits of implementing a Lean transformation, and states,"It could very well be required reading for all team members in an organization embarking on a process improvement project."

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"Gabow steps down as Denver Health chief"
Denver Business Journal
By Ed Sealover
Sep 2012
Reporter Ed Sealover interviews Simpler Consulting’s CEO, Marc Hafer, for a story on Dr. Patricia Gabow’s retirement.

"8 kinds of waste driving healthcare costs"
Healthcare Finance News
By Steff Deschenes
Aug 2012
New Media Producer Steff Deschenes interviews Marc Hafer, CEO of Simpler Consulting, for a list story on eight kinds of waste that are driving healthcare costs.

"How Six Hospitals Use Lean to Reduce Costs and Improve Care"
Quality Digest
By Dirk Dusharme
Aug 2012
Editor-In-Chief Dirk Dusharme includes a news announcement about the availability of Simpler Healthcare, a book on lean for healthcare, which is authored by Marc Hafer, CEO of Simpler Consulting.

"Rural hospital gets lean"
Rural Roads
By Lindsey Corey
Aug 2012
Editor Lindsey Corey interviews David Masterson, CEO of Sampson Regional Medical Center, for a story on how lean management has helped their facility.

"Hospitals Utilize “Just-In-Time” Approach to Improve Patient Safety"
Executive Insight
By Marc Hafer and Paula Lillard
Jul 2012
Marc Hafer, CEO of Simpler Consulting, and Paula Lillard, Senior Consultant at Simpler Consulting, author an article on how Denver Health and New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation have implemented the “Just-In-Time” approach to improve their Supply Chain.

"Taking a close look at an ACO"
Healthcare Finance News
By Editor John Andrews
Jun 2012
Editor John Andrews interviews Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler North America, and Atrius Health’s Chief Medical Officer Rick Lopez and Ambassador Emily Brower for a story on Atrius Health’s use of Lean management to become an accountable care organization (ACO).

"Lean Management: A Good Tool for ACOs"
Group Practice Journal
By Michael Pinnolis, M.D.
May 31, 2012
Dr. Michael Pinnolis, chief medical officer of Atrius Health discussed the use of Lean management to implement an ACO. Online version of the article is not available. Email dowdk@simpler.com for a copy of the article.

"Hospital CFO Panel: How Are You Approaching Your Fiscal Strategy Right Now?"
Becker's Hospital Review
By Bob Herman
May 07, 2012
In this article, Carl Biber, at Simpler Consulting client Columbus Regional Healthcare System, is one of four hospital CFOs discussing how they are dealing with the biggest healthcare financial challenges of the times.

""Repositioning & Reinvention""
Executive Insight
By Michael Gibbons
May 2012
In this article, Simpler's Mike Chamberlain is joined by Dr. Patricia Gabow of Denver Health and Dr. John Toussaint of ThedaCare to discuss how disruptive innovation can create more integrated, better coordinated care in hospitals.

"Hospital hones in on waste reduction"
The Sampson Independent
By Chris Berendt
Apr 20, 2012
In this article, Simpler Consulting client, Sampson Regional Medical Center, is featured on how it set out to reduce waste across the board utilizing Lean.

"Providers Re-engineering Healthcare for Greater Efficiency"
AMN Healthcare Briefings
By Debra Wood, RN
Apr 04, 2012
In this article, Simpler's Mike Chamberlain discusses how Lean management can offer healthcare organizations greater efficiency.

"Lean Leads to Gains in Quality and to the Bottom Line"
Hospitals & Health Networks
By Matthew Weinstock
Jan 17, 2012
In this article, Simpler Consulting client Denver Health discusses how lean has
attributed to several achievements, including a number one ranking in patient
survival among the nation’s top academic medical centers and a $135 million
financial benefit as a result of performance improvement.

"Denver Health CFO Peg Burnette: 6 Strategies to Stay Lean and Mean"
Becker's Hospital Review
By Bob Herman
Dec 09, 2011
In this article, CFO Peg Burnette of Simpler Consulting client Denver Health discusses six common strategies hospitals can take to help deal with today’s financial hurdles, including the implementation of lean processes.

"CFOs: Collaborate With The Competition To Save Millions"
HealthLeaders Media
By Karen Minich-Pourshadi
Dec 05, 2011
In this article, Jeff Spade, Executive Director of the North Carolina Center for Rural Health Innovation and Performance, discusses how lean has assisted in saving costs while improving quality care at hospitals participating in the North Carolina Rural Health Lean Collaborative.

"How to Cope in This Economic Climate: 4 Thoughts From Elkhart General CFO Kevin Higdon"
Becker's Hospital Review
By Bob Herman
Nov 21, 2011
In this article, Simpler Consulting client Elkhart General Hospital discusses four areas hospitals can focus on to maintain fiscal health during this economic climate, including the implementation of lean management practices.

"The Basics of Lean"
IndustryWeek.com
By Chris Cooper
Sep 21, 2011
In this article, Simpler Consulting Vice President Chris Cooper discusses his The Little Book of Lean and how companies need a fundamental set of behaviors to sustain results from lean transformations.

"What Continuous Improvement Looks Like in a Hospital OR: Lean at ThedaCare"
Becker's Hospital Review
By Sabrina Rodak
Sep 12, 2011
Simpler client ThedaCare is featured in this article that discusses operating room efficiency and the use of the "huddle" concept, the "just do it" philosophy of lean and how lean has helped frontline workers take responsibility for process improvement initiatives while improving employee engagement.

"Podcast: Chris Cooper discusses Little Book of Lean"
LeanBlog.org
By Mark Graban
Aug 31, 2011
Simpler's Chris Cooper discusses his career in Lean and why he wrote the "Little Book of Lean" in a podcast with Lean Blog's Mark Graban.

"NC Rural Hospitals Lean Together to Zap Waste"
HealthLeaders
By Alexandra Wilson Pecci
Aug 31, 2011
This article features how the North Carolina Rural Hospital Lean Collaborative works with one another to achieve success and also the importance of a “hands-on” approach from hospital CEOs involved in the process. The CEOs at Caldwell Memorial Hospital and Dosher Memorial Hospital discuss how each organization realized waste and the lean principles they have adopted, as well as the success they have both seen regarding higher patient satisfaction as a result.

"Lean Management in Med/Surg"
ADVANCE for Nurses
By Barbara Mercer
Aug 30, 2011
This article features Simpler Consulting client ThedaCare's lean improvements in the med/surg unit, as well as Simpler's eight common wastes in healthcare.

"On The Road: Atrius Health is Using Lean Tools to Fuel It's Race Toward Accountable Care"
Inside Healthcare
By Jill Rose
Aug 01, 2011
Simpler and client Atrius Health are the focus of Inside Healthcare's August cover story. In the article, Dr. John Lindsey, President and CEO of Atrius Health, and John Gallagher of Simpler, discuss how Simpler is helping the organization build an accountable care model.

"Leaders and Success: Take On the Status Quo"
Investors Business Daily
By Sonja Carberry
Jul 28, 2011
Mike Chamberlain is interviewed on the burdensome effect waste has on healthcare and how Simpler is helping hospitals become more patient-centric.

"Pharmaceutical's Lean Prediction"
IndustryWeek
By Adrienne Selko
Jul 20, 2011
Simpler client Lundbeck is featured in this article on pharmaceutical firms' use of lean management techniques.

"IndustryWeek Hall of Famer, George Koenigsaecker, On Pharma's Lean Journey"
IndustryWeek
By Adrienne Selko
Jul 20, 2011
Simpler Consulting Board Member and lean industry veteran George Koenigsaecker discusses what pharma is doing right and what it needs to do moving forward in this Q&A article.

"Covenant Adopts Lean Management In Emergency Department"
Quality Digest
By Mike Chamberlain
May 02, 2011
Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler North America, describes how client Covenant Health System has used lean management in the Emergency Department to improve patient satisfaction and reduce wait time.

"Lean Processes Lead to More Time at the Bedside"
Nurse.com
By Debra Anscombe Wood, RN
May 02, 2011
The May issue of Nursing Spectrum magazine includes a feature story on Covenant Heath System in Lubbock, Texas and their work with Simpler Consulting to apply lean management techniques to reduce nursing documentation.

"10 Management Traps -- And How To Avoid Them"
IndustryWeek
By Steve Minter
Apr 20, 2011
Simpler Consulting CEO Marc Hafer shares his insight in this article on common management mistakes.

"Your Green Job Search"
PracticeLink Magazine
By Sally Herigstad
Apr 08, 2011
The green initiatives at Simpler client Denver Health's Park Hill Clinic are included in this article discussing what physician job-seekers should look for when searching for a green medical practice.Download PDF

"Six Ways To Be More Productive with Email, Online Tools"
South Florida Sun Sentinel
By Marcia Heroux Pounds
Apr 06, 2011
Tim Whitmore, vice president of Simpler North America, provides email tips that employees can put in place to work smarter, not harder.

"On-time Starts with ThedaCare "
Healthcare Value Leaders Network
By Host Mark Graban
Jan 06, 2011
Listen to Jean DeKeyser speak with Mark Graban of Healthcare Value Leaders Network in this podcast as she discusses how implementing lean has improved processes throughout Appleton Medical Center ThedaCare in Wisconsin.

"Eliminate 'Reply All'"
Philadelphia Inquirer
By Dawn Klingensmith
Jan 04, 2011
This workplace column features commentary from Tim Whitmore, vice president of Simpler North America, on how companies can help employees cut down on the volume of e-mail they receive by making the "reply all" button off limits.

"Covenant Health System is giving its nurses more time at the bedside by reducing paperwork"
Advance For Nurses
By Joe Darrah
Dec 20, 2010
Senior Associate Editor Joe Darrah interviews Melynda Reeves and Brad Thornton at Covenant Health System about giving its nurses more time at the bedside by reducing paperwork.

"Dr. Michel Tetrault - Lean from the CEO Perspective"
Healthcare Value Leaders Network
By Host Mark Graban
Dec 17, 2010
In this podcast, CEO Dr. Michel Tetrault at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, Canada sits down with Mark Graban of Healthcare Value Leaders Network to discuss how lean has helped improved the hospital system.

"How Lean Management Transformed a Hospital's Staff, Quality of Care and Bottom Line"
Becker's Hospital Review
By Molly Gamble
Nov 24, 2010
Simpler client Covenant Health System and Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler North America, discuss how lean management helped transform Covenant's nursing department.

"Supply Chain Experts Challenge Manufacturers to Rethink Lean Technology"
SearchManufacturingERP.com
By Brenda Cole
Oct 01, 2010
Tom Lyons of Simpler Customer Watlow speaks about the company’s success using lean management and how technology affects productivity in their workplace.

"Lean Means Success for N.C. Rural Hospitals"
Healthcare Finance News
By Chelsey LeDue
Oct 2010
Associate Editor Chelsey LeDue at Healthcare Finance News interviews Mike Chamberlain and Simpler customers R.D. Williams, CEO of Ashe Memorial, Tim Palmer, Caldwell's Lean Director, and Caldwell's Chief Operating Officer, Rebecca Smith for a story on five rural North Carolina hospitals that collaborated to identify and eliminate waste.

"The Role of Lean Management in Purchasing"
Supply Chain Digital
By Ellie Duncan
Sep 24, 2010
Sentega discussed the use of lean to improve the manufacturing and automotive industry using Simpler's Lean methodology.

"Lean Implementation Builds Success"
IEN.com
Sep 22, 2010
A case study highlighting the successful lean results achieved at Watlow with the help of Simpler Consulting appears online.

"Simpler Consulting LP Introduces Simpler Design System"
QualityDigest.com
Sep 07, 2010
Quality Digest includes the announcement of Simpler Consulting’s Simpler Design System, a new service that assists organizations with the product development process.

"Lean Air: Why It Makes Sense"
Arabian Aerospace
By Alan Martyn
Sep 2010
How lean management is helping the Middle East aerospace industry. To learn more about this story, please e-mail Simpler@schwartzcomm.com.

"Implementing A Successful Lean Program: Where Do You Begin?"
Pharma Tech Europe
By Christian Houborg
Sep 2010
Lundbeck provided a peer review on lean management in the pharmaceutical industry.

"When Lean and LEED Intersect"
Healthcare Design
By Chris Gaerig
Sep 2010
Editor Chris Gaerig interviews with Mike Chamberlain, president, Simpler, and Simpler client Denver Health for a story on the use of lean management and green design at the Park Hill Clinic.

"Largest Healthcare Management Consultants: 2010"
Modern Healthcare
Aug 30, 2010
Modern Healthcare Editors included Simpler Consulting in this year’s list of "Largest healthcare management consultants."

"Reform in the USA"
HospitalManagement.net
By Kenya McCullum
Aug 02, 2010
Peg Burnette, chief financial officer at Denver Health and Hospital Authority is one of the experts discussing healthcare reform in this Q&A.

"Finances: Slimming Down"
Inside Healthcare
By Mike Chamberlain
Aug 01, 2010

"Average ED Wait Times Increase; Some Facilities Make Improvements"
NurseZone
By Debra Wood
Jul 28, 2010

"Foundation for Change"
Lean Management Journal
By Glyn Finney
Jul 26, 2010
Simpler’s Al Martyn discusses how lean management techniques can be applied to MRO operations in the Middle Eastern aviation sector in an article for Arabian Aerospace magazine. Al highlights the benefits Lean can bring to service levels within the industry and shows how the lean approach can be successfully integrated with local cultural practices. (The article can be found on pages 102-3.)

"Leaning Towards Consultancy"
The Manufacturer
By Jane Gray
Jul 2010
Jane Gray interviews Jon Armstrong, managing director, Simpler Europe, about the use of lean management consultancies in the manufacturing sector. Jon explains how Simpler consultants' experience of a broad range of industry sectors enables them to offer a fresh approach to the challenge of implementing a successful lean transformation within their client's business.

"Let's Seize Opportunity"
Modern Healthcare
By Patricia Gabow
Jul 2010
Dr. Patty Gabow’s article on leading Denver Health through health care reform.

"Lean Drives Transformation in the NHS"
The Telegraph
By Sean Hargrave
Jun 26, 2010
Features how lean management is being used in the NHS.

"Increasing Efficiency"
Health Service Journal
Jun 24, 2010
This supplement including commentary from Chris Lloyd, vice president of Simpler Consulting, addresses how the NHS might use lean management techniques to increase effiencieny in the system.

"Lean and Six Sigma"
The Times
By Rob Newing
Jun 08, 2010
Rod Newing explores the use of Lean and Six Sigma techniques in the UK healthcare sector and quotes Chris Lloyd, Vice President of Healthcare at Simpler. Chris discusses why Lean has performed so well in healthcare compared to the Six Sigma approach.

"Catching the Lean Bug"
The Times
By Rob Newing
Jun 2010
The article highlights lean management making good progress in the NHS

"The Path to Integrated Healthcare"
AMN Healthcare Briefings
By Debra Wood
May 05, 2010
Contributing Writer Debra Wood, RN interviews Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler Consulting North America and Shana Herzfeldt from ThedaCare's Collaborative Care Unit (CCU) for a story on the CCU's use of lean management to develop an integrated health care team.

"Lean Thinking in Lean Times"
Clinical Services Journal
By Chris Lloyd
May 2010
Chris Lloyd, Vice President of Healthcare at Simpler Consulting, discusses how the healthcare industry can benefit from lean management to cut waste, save time and improve patient care.

"Business Office Profile: ThedaCare"
Healthcare Finance News
By Richard Pizzi
May 2010
Healthcare Industry Editor interviews Director of Revenue Management Tom Galarowicz for a Q&A on how ThedaCare has adopted lean tools to improve revenue cycling processes.Download PDF

"The Lean Revolution: Transforming Hospitals With An Innovative Business Approach"
OR Today
By Keri Forsythe
May 2010
Editor Keri Forsythe interviews Marc Hafer, CEO of Simpler Consulting and Simpler customer, ThedaCare for a cover story on how hospitals are using lean management in the Operating Room (OR) to cut costs and improve patient care.

"Learning Lean"
Business Review Europe
By John O'Hanlon
Apr 08, 2010
With lean working so well for the manufacturing industry why has UK business in general not taken on the concept? John O'Hanlon interviews Jon Armstrong, managing director at Simpler Europe about how lean can help UK businesses in the current economic climate.

"Lean in the MRO Industry - Time To Earn Its Wings?"
Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance
By Alan Martyn
Apr 2010
Alan Martin discusses the history of Lean in the aviation industry and how organisations in the MRO industry can ensure that they are getting the best out of Lean.

"The Business"
BBC Scotland
By Graham Stewart
Mar 21, 2010
With budget cuts looming, can private sector methods be used to maintain the public sector? Graham Stewart discusses the issues behind the public finances with Jon Armstrong, managing director of management consultancy "Simpler". Interview begins about six and a half minutes into the programme.

"Lean Six Sigma and Patient Safety"
Healthcare Executive
By John Buell
Mar 2010
John Buell interviews Mike Chamberlain, President of Simpler North America, and Simpler customer R.D. Williams, CEO of Ashe Memorial Hospital, for a story on Lean Six Sigma in hospitals.

"Innovative Approaches to Cost Containment"
Healthcare Financial Management
By Jeni Williams
Mar 2010
Senior Editor, Jeni Williams at 'Healthcare Financial Management' interviews Simpler customer, Kim Barnas, vice president for ThedaCare, for a story on innovative ways hospitals can cut costs. Barnas provides detailed information on the radiation oncology departments use of lean management for the story.

"Business Strategy: Success Depends On A Robust Infrastructure"
Fresh Business Thinking
By Jon Armstrong
Feb 23, 2010
’Fresbusinessthinking.com’ included Jon Armstrong’s article on ’Success depends on a robust infrastructure’ which guides businesses through the tough economic conditions using a number of lean processes.

"Lean Management in Hospitals--The Humboldt Way"
QualityDigest.com
By Lisa Shirk
Dec 2009
Lisa Shirk, regional director of Improving Performance at St. Joseph Heath System-Humboldt County, discusses the health systems work with Simpler Healthcare to implement lean management in the Operating Room to improve charge capture.

"Lean Management in Primary Care: ThedaCare Improves Patient Care and Employee Satisfaction"
Group Practice Journal
By Mike Chamberlain
Dec 2009
The November/December issue of Group Practice Journal includes a cover story from Mike Chamberlain, President of Simpler North America and General Manager of Simpler Healthcare, on how Lean management has helped ThedaCare improve patient care and employee satisfaction in its primary care practices. To learn more about this story, please e-mail Simpler@schwartzcomm.com.

"Keen to Be Lean"
CFO Magazine
By Josh Hyatt
Dec 2009
CFO Contributing Editor Josh Hyatt interviews Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler North America and Simpler Customers, Kevin Higdon, CFO of Elkhart General Hospital, Peg Burnette, CFO of Denver Health and Tim Olsen, CFO of ThedaCare for a cover story on how hospital CFOs are using lean management to reduce costs and improve patient care.

"Winning in an Economic Recession"
Supply Chain Management Review
By Tim Whitmore
Oct 29, 2009
Simpler North America Vice President and General Manager Tim Whitmore explains how companies can re-tool their business system to come out of this recession with a competitive advantage. The article was featured in the Perspectives column on the publications Web site.

"Cutting Patient Wait Times, Waste by Being Lean"
American Hospital Association
Oct 2009
A case study on Simpler customer ThedaCare’s use of Lean management to improve patient care in the radiation oncology department was included as part of the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence campaign.

"Advantage Sales and Marketing Finds Success with Lean Tools"
The Food Industry Advisor
Oct 2009
Simpler Consulting client Advantage Sales & Marketing discusses how lean management helped the company streamline its business processes, allowing its associates to focus on customer service.

"Lean Management: Dropping D2B Times and Eliminating System Waste"
Cath Lab Digest
Oct 2009
The October issue of Cath Lab Digest includes a Q&A article with ThedaCare Cath Lab Supervisor Michael Rodman on ThedaCares use of lean management to improve door-to-balloon times in the cath lab. Simpler Healthcare is noted in the article as the consulting firm that oversaw the cath lab's lean transformation.

"Maximize HIT Investment"
For the Record
By Mike Chamberlain
Sep 14, 2009
Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler Consulting North America and general manager of Simpler Healthcare authors an article on how lean management can be used to help hospitals maximize their EMR investment.

"Hospital CEOs: Reform savings goals doable with lean, Six Sigma, Toyota methods"
FierceHealthcare.com
By Anne Zieger
Sep 10, 2009
FierceHealthcare.com reports on the USA Today story "Hospital CEOs manage staff time, inventory to cut costs." Simpler Healthcare clients Delnor Hospital and New York City Health and Hospitals were noted in the article as hospitals that are currently cutting costs while improving patient care through lean management.

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USA TODAY
By Del Jones
Sep 09, 2009
Simpler Healthcare (SM) clients talk about successes in cutting waste and improving patient care.

"Simpler® Client ThedaCare's Efforts to Cut Costs and Improve Patient Care"
Fox News
By Greta Van Sustern
Aug 2009
Greta Van Sustern's "On The Record" takes a look at use of lean at ThedaCare in three videos.
One on one interview with John Toussaint: What is ThedaCare?
Interviews on the Critical Care Unit: Collaborative Care
Interviews on the Kimberly Clinic: What Works, What Doesn't, Increased 'Quality

"Illinois Hospital Execs Find Savings In Lean Methodologies"
ModernHealthcare.com
Aug 04, 2009
Modern Healthcare Reporter Jean DerGurahian interviews Simpler® client Tom Wright, president and CEO and Jim Kearns, CIO of Delnor Community Hospital for a story on how Lean management can reduce costs and improve patient care.

"The Simpler® Approach to Healthcare"
Healthcare Finance News
By Eric Wicklund
Jul 2009
This issue of Healthcare Finance News includes a feature story on Simpler's use of Lean Management to add value to patients and health care organizations. Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler North America and general manager of Simpler HealthcareSM, along with ThedaCare's Chief Financial Officer Tim Olson and Vice President of Radiation Oncology Kim Barnas are quoted in the piece.

"Reliving Pressures to Eliminate Jobs"
Conference Board
Jul 2009
Marc Hafer, chief executive officer of Simpler Holdings, Inc. and Dr. Dean Gruner, chief executive officer of ThedaCare provide commentary on ThedaCare’s use of lean management to help maintain the health system’s no lay off philosophy. For more information on this story, please e-mail simpler@schwartzcomm.com.

"Lean Gurus"
Industry Week
By Josh Cable
Jun 2009
Vice President and General Manager of Simpler Consulting Tim Whitmore lends his commentary on lean keys to success and the value a lean consultant provides when working with manufacturers embarking on a path of continuous improvement for this feature piece in Industry Week magazine

"Lean Management - Wisconsin's ThedaCare Improves its Radiation Oncology Care Process"
Radiology Today
Jun 2009
Radiology Today includes a feature story on Simpler customer ThedaCare and the health system’s use of lean management to improve patient care in the radiation oncology department. Reporter Beth Orenstein includes commentary from Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler Consulting and general manager of Simpler HealthcareSM as well as ThedaCare’s Kim Barnas, John Poole and Karen Flom.

"Lean Techniques Get Results in ED"
Healthcare Cost Containment
Jun 2009
The June issue of Healthcare Cost Containment includes a feature cover story on how Lean Management decreased the wait time in the ED and increased the volume of patients treated. Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler North America and general manager of Simpler HealthcareSM is credited for authoring the piece. For more information on this story, please e-mail simpler@schwartzcomm.com.

"Eluding the OpEx Black Hole"
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
By Paul Thomas
Jun 2009
Vice President and General Manager of Simpler Consulting Tim Whitmore provided his expert analysis for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing magazine’s annual lean survey. His commentary on addressing the key role of middle manager’s is prominently featured throughout this feature story.

"Talking Lean Management and EMR's with Simpler's Mike Chamberlain"
Fierce Healthcare
By Dan Bowman
Jun 2009
FierceHealthIT posted a Q&A between Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler Consulting and general manager of Simpler HealthcareSM and Editor Dan Bowman on Lean Management and the benefits it provides EMR implementation.

"Sustaining Lean Management"
WoodIQ.com
By Tim Whitmore
May 2009
Vice President and General Manager of Simpler Consulting Tim Whitmore provides his top five tips for sustaining lean management and the key tools needed to transform lean into the corporate culture.

"Lean Thinking Trims Fat From Processes"
Cardiovascular Business
By Sarah Lamberti
May 2009
The May/June issue of Cardiovascular Business includes a feature story on how Simpler® client ThedaCare implemented lean thinking in the cath lab. Simpler Consulting CEO Marc Hafer and Cath Lab Supervisor Michael Rodman both provide commentary on the cath lab’s lean transformation.

"ThedaCare Improved Outcomes with Lean Management"
Hospital & Healthcare Management
Apr 2009
Jessica Alba, editor of Hospital & Healthcare Management included ThedaCare’s case study in this edition of the publication's newsletter. The newsletter, which is distributed globally to hospital c-level executives, department leaders and managers, includes a link to the story that was posted to the publication's site in March.

"EMR Investing: Think Before You Act"
By Mike Chamberlain
Apr 2009
A bylined article from Mike Chamberlain, president of Simpler Consulting and general manager of Simpler HealthcareSM, discusses the important role Lean management plays in preparing for a successful EMR implementation.

"Lean Management Improves Patient Care"
Radiation Therapist
Mar 2009
The spring issue of Radiation Therapist features an article from ThedaCare’s Lead Radiation Therapist Kim Harrison on the radiation oncology department’s lean transformation. Simpler HealthcareSM is noted in the article as the consulting firm that oversaw the radiation oncology department’s lean transformation. For more information on this story, e-mail Simpler@schwartzcomm.com.

"ThedaCare Improved Outcomes with Lean Management"
Mar 2009
Hospital & Healthcare Management included a case study on ThedaCare’s use of lean management to eliminate waste and improve patient care in the health system’s radiation oncology department, facilities management department and Collaborative Care Unit. Simpler HealthcareSM is branded as the company that helped ThedaCare implement lean management.

"Capital Management Critical: Hospitals Put IT Projects on Hold"
Mar 2009
The March issue of Managed Healthcare Executive features a story on how many hospitals are postponing facility upgrades during the recession. Simpler® customer Tim Olson, CFO of ThedaCare, provides commentary on how the health system is better positioned to manage its business because of the health system’s use of lean management to improve processes and eliminate waste.

"The Hardest Cuts of All"
By Haydn Bush
Mar 2009
General Manager of Simpler HealthcareSM Mike Chamberlain provides commentary for this article on strategies for hospital staffing during difficult economic times.

"Lean Process Helps Wisconsin System Add Efficiency to Design and Construction"
Feb 2009
Facilities Development Architect Albert Park provides commentary for this feature case study about how companies can complete projects in a more efficient way through the use of lean management and credits Simpler HealthcareSM as the ones who gave them the tools to implement lean

"Simpler® Client in the News: ThedaCare's 'No Layoffs' Practice May Improve Firm"
Dec 2008
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviews Simpler HealthcareSM customer Dr. Dean Gruner for a story on ThedaCare&rsquos use of Lean management to pro-actively reduce costs and maintain a "no layoff philosophy."

"Simpler® Client in the News: ThedaCare Jobs Get Secure"
Dec 2008
The Post Crescent interviews Simpler HealthcareSM customer Dr. Dean Gruner for a story on ThedaCare “no layoff philosophy.” The article notes ThedaCare has been able to maintain a “no lay off philosophy” during tough economic times because of the improvements the health system has made with Lean management.

"Case Study: Lean Management"
Dec 2008
Senior Vice President of Simpler Consulting and General Manager of Simpler HealthcareSM Mike Chamberlain and Simpler® customers Kim Barnas and Dr. Kruger provide commentary for this feature case study about how companies can improve patient care and reduce costs through the use of lean managem

"Employers: No Layoffs Here"
Dec 2008
Senior Vice President of Simpler Consulting and General Manager of Simpler HealthcareSM Mike Chamberlain and Simpler® customer Dr. Dean Gruner of ThedaCare provide commentary for this feature story about how some companies are finding ways to cut costs without implementing layoffs during the current economic crisis.

"Oncologists Grapple with Improving Profitability and Productivity"
Sep 2008
Story focuses on innovative approaches, including healthcare IT and lean management, to improve profitability and productivity in oncology practices. Simpler HealthcareSM is branded as the company that helped ThedaCare employ lean management and reap its benefits. The article quotes Kim Barnas of ThedaCare, who notes the positive domino effect of lean management: patients are more satisfied with the high quality care they receive, which in turn creates happier employees and leads to increased productivity and revenues.

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