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Healthcare systems professionals head to Savannah in February

Register now to attend #HSPI2020 Feb. 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah on the waterfront.

'Healthcare can learn from industrial engineers'

#HSPI2020 pre-conference speaker makes news for IEs in healthcare.

Click here to read her piece in the Savannah Morning News.

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!

Fascinating reads with ISEs front and center

ISE magazine's "What's Your Story?" features ISEs like you on the move and making a difference. Check out page 66 each month for who's doing what to advance the ISE field.

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.

The latest NEWS from SHS

"State of the Society" - A special SHS podcast

Click here to download the Fall 2019 "State of the Society," a broadcast where SHS President Isaac Mitchell, SHS President-Elect Mary Ellen Skeens and IISE Membership Director Bill Boyd discuss the many facets of the Society including its mission, volunteer leadership and the upcoming Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2020.

Fall updates from the president of SHS

Greetings SHS Members,

This November, I am feelin’ so fly like a G6. Why might you ask? We are heading to Gulfstream Aerospace as part of a pre-conference tour (registration required) at this year's Healthcare System Process Improvement Conference in Savannah, GA. This is just one of many pre-conference tours and workshops that the SHS Conference Committee has been hard at work planning this past year. Additionally, the planning committee developed a content-rich lineup of keynotes, invited speakers, and panel discussion. One new offering this year is a director-level forum for leaders with two or more direct reports to discuss current topics, challenges, and management methodologies.

If you are planning to attend HSPIC 2020 it is a great time to bring a friend and have them sign up to be an SHS member. This November IISE and SHS launched the Member-Get-A-Member contest. This is an opportunity for you to play a direct role in building IISE’s membership to grow our reach and knowledge base. Reach out to any colleagues and friends within the industry, including young professionals who may not yet be familiar with all that IISE has to offer. They will be automatically signed up for SHS membership at no extra cost upon joining. To submitted potential member's names, IISE has set up a simple to use online recruiting form and toolkit. The top recruiter for SHS will win an iPad. The second-place recruiter will receive a $300 Visa® gift card. The third-place winner will receive a $150 Visa gift card. The contest ends on Jan. 3, 2020.

Below are a few upcoming events and important dates:

  • Get a preview of our conference keynote, Alex Knight, on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Alex will give an intro of his talk on “Achieving a Breakthrough in the Quality, Safety, Access and Affordability of Care.” The session is open to all, but registration is required.
  • Vote now for the SHS Board of Directors President-Elect and two Directors at Large positions for the 2019-2022 term. Voting ends on Dec. 6, 2019.
  • 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.

As you can see, we have a jam-packed end of the year. I would encourage you to get involved by finding new SHS members, voting in SHS Board elections, and attending HSPIC 2020! 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.

Like a G6,

Isaac B. Mitchell
SHS President '19-'20

Submissions Now Open for the Student Simulation Competition!

Entries are now being accepted for the 6th Annual HSPI Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim. Gather a team of four students (maximum) to solve a “real-world” healthcare situational case study using FlexSim’s simulation software. Your team could win the first place prize of $2,500!

Each team will have approximately nine weeks to develop its solution for preliminary judging. Three teams will be chosen to compete in the finals in Savannah, Ga. at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference Feb. 26-28, 2020. The winning team will be announced at the conference. Each of the three finalist teams will receive $1,250 for travel to the finals, cash awards, complimentary conference registration and certificates. For more details about the competition and entry parameters, go to the simulation competition web page.

Entry forms for the competition are due no later than Sept. 30. Don’t miss this chance to show off your skills and reap the “awards.” Questions? Contact Bonnie Cameron at Thank you.

Society for Health Systems Scholarship

Sponsored by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
Available to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in any school in the United States and its territories, Canada and Mexico, provided: (1) the school’s industrial engineering program or equivalent is accredited by an agency or organization recognized by IISE; and (2) the student is pursuing a course of study in industrial engineering and operations research with a definite interest in the area of healthcare. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. One scholarship was awarded for the academic year 2019-20. 

A candidate for this award must:

  • Be an active Society for Health Systems student member.
  • Have an overall point-hour average of 3.00 on a scale of 0-4.00.
  • Be enrolled full-time, as defined by the student's university.

Students may not apply directly for the scholarship. They must be nominated by IE department heads, IISE student chapter advisors, IE faculty or by SHS board members, SHS diplomates or SHS senior members.For more information go to Scholarships.

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