Simpler® Consulting to Present at AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

Attendees Will Learn Best Practices to Implement a Lean Management Culture

PITTSBURGH, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Simpler® Consulting, L.P., a leading global management consulting firm, today announced Chief Executive Officer Marc Hafer will be a featured speaker at the 25th annual American Hospital Association Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, February 5-8, 2012, at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.

Hafer will be co-presenting “Collaborating to Achieve a Lean Management Culture” on Wednesday, February 8 from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. He will be joining Jeff Spade, vice president, North Carolina Hospital Association and executive director, North Carolina Center for Rural Health Innovation and Performance, and David Masterson, CEO, Sampson Regional Medical Center. They will discuss the North Carolina Rural Hospital Lean Collaborative, which consists of 11 rural hospitals in North Carolina that forged a collaborative partnership to improve patient care and hospital performance by implementing a lean management culture.

“Competitors by nature, Sampson Regional Medical Center and 10 other rural hospitals in North Carolina have worked together in order to better understand the common barriers to achieve breakthrough performance improvement in patient care and quality,” Masterson said. “The collaborative is transforming and leading the way in improving the quality of healthcare for patients in a more efficient, less costly manner. Combined, the hospitals have saved more than $10 million since implementing lean management in 2008.”

Hafer, Spade and Masterson will explain to attendees how to successfully implement a lean management culture in a rural healthcare setting and how to organize a lean collaborative for rural hospitals and critical access hospitals. Additionally, information will be provided about the collaborative’s results, lessons learned and tips on how to cut costs and improve patient care across the continuum of care.

“Healthcare reform not only brings a number of provisions to help rural hospitals but also a set of challenges revolving around access for the uninsured, primary care physician shortage and meaningful use penalties,” Hafer said. “One way rural healthcare organizations can meet these challenges is to develop collaborations that focus on improving patient care. Lean management improves quality and reduces costs while also improving growth, patient flow, access and service innovation. If other rural hospitals across the country adopted the North Carolina Rural Hospital Lean Collaborative model, hundreds of millions of dollars could be saved, making an impactful dent in reducing healthcare costs in this country.”

About Simpler Consulting, L.P.

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