Big Sky Montana

Join us for 3 days of lively and challenging discussions with international Lean leaders who will share their fascinating research, experience and challenges related to healthcare innovation.   

The Lean Leadership retreat is designed to address Lean implementation opportunities and challenges featuring presentations on practical experiences, research and new applications.  The target audience is CEOs, COOs, CNOs, physicians engaged with quality improvement, directors of quality/process improvements departments and anyone else interested in learning more about Lean for healthcare.
Below are highlights of the presentation topics and speakers. Click here to view the detailed schedule.
-Creating a Culture of Patient Safety
              Richard Shannon, MD, University of Pennsylvania
-Patient Safety Improvements with Standardized Operative Care Orders
Shaun Sullivan MD, Bellingham Anesthesia Associates
-A3 Problem Solving within Community Health Centers case study
Montana Community Health Center representatives
-Lean Thinking at the Frontline
            Marc Pierson MD, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
-Error Prevention in Healthcare
            Mark Graban, Lean Enterprise Institute
-Lean Implementation Return on Investment Study
John Piccolo, Penn State University
-Lean Strategies in Operating Room Supply Chain
            Suzi Collins, Stanley InnerSpace and Elsa Mersereau, Lean Healthcare West
-Lean Approach to Information Systems Improvement
            Eastern Maine Medical Center and Susan Sheehy, Lean Healthcare West
-Using Lean and Baldrige to create a culture of quality and continuous improvement
            Joni Och, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
-Speaker Panel Discussion          
            Cindy Jimmerson, Lean Healthcare West
The 6th Annual Lean Leadership Retreat will also feature an optional Introduction to Lean session the evening of Sunday, September 19 at no additional cost.  The objective of this session is to prepare participants who are new-to-Lean so that they may benefit fully from teh subsequent conference presentations.  All participants are welcome to attend this Lean overview.
$1500 per person  
Group rates also available.  
Contact us at or 406.258.6535 for more information.
All participants will receive a complementary copy of an individual use license of eVSM version 5 (the new Lean Healthcare version).  eVSM is the leading value stream mapping software with value stream analysis and A3 problem solving report capabilities.  This product (a $349.00 value) will be provided free to all participants.  Click here to learn more about eVSM.
Comments from 2009 Lean Leadership Retreat at Big Sky:
"One of the best, most invigorating conferences in years!!  And I've attended and presented at many."   -Healthcare Administrator
"I really appreciated the conference and attendees' energy and attitude of sharing and being in a learning mode. ... True learning occurred in Big Sky!"   -Hospital Quality Director
"All the speakers were really good with relevant information.  I really enjoyed the conference! The group size was nice; it was easy to meet people and network. Everyone had something to share and bring to the conversation."   -Community Health Center CEO
Pictures from the 2009 Lean Leadership Retreat: 

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Big Sky, Montana this year!