PITTSBURGH, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- JWA Consulting, a leader in Lean management consulting, today announced the appointment of Dr. Mark A. Reed to the role of Medical Director. As a former facility medical and service line director at Seattle Children's Hospital, Dr. Reed brings real-world experience strengthening patient care through Integrated Facility Design planning and Lean management to the position. JWA Consulting is part of Truven Health Analytics, a leader in solutions and services for performance improvement – including analytics for population health management and clinical decision support – to healthcare providers, state and federal government customers, large employers, health plans, and life sciences professionals. With this appointment, JWA Consulting expands and deepens their already impressive expertise in Lean leadership, coaching, and training.
"We are absolutely delighted that Dr. Mark Reed will be joining JWA Consulting," said Joan Wellman, President of JWA Consulting. "Mark's leadership in his clinical and lean coaching role has drawn people to visit his facility in Bellevue, Wash. from all over the world. We look forward to Mark's future contributions to JWA client success."
In his new role as Medical Director, Dr. Reed will provide client consulting support and strategic counsel to help guide JWA's healthcare strategy, continuous improvement work and employee development. Lean management, which has its roots in the manufacturing industry, has infiltrated healthcare organizations as a practical solution that maximizes an organization's ongoing ability to eliminate waste, improve the quality of care and strengthen the bottom line.
Over the last five years, Dr. Reed has held multiple executive roles within the Seattle Children's system. He most recently served as Director of General Anesthesia Services and Service Line Director. In addition to his daily clinical and operational responsibilities, Reed has held a number of hospital and departmental committee leadership roles during his tenure with Seattle Children's Hospital. He served as Chair of the Bellevue Seattle Children's Operations Council and as a member of the Bellevue Seattle Children's Leadership and Oversight Councils. He also sat on the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine Director's and Compensation and Mentoring committees. Prior to joining Seattle Children's Hospital, Dr. Reed was Chief of Anesthesia at Southwest Regional Medical Center and Rivercrest Specialty Surgery Center in Little Rock, Ark.
"Lean management and Integrated Facility Design are vital components to healthcare system improvement. I've seen firsthand how proper planning and organization can create long term and meaningful improvements to a hospital's operational excellence and culture to the ultimate benefit of patients and employees," said Reed. "I'm delighted to be joining JWA Consulting and look forward to working with healthcare organizations to implement Lean management strategies."
Aside from his directorial and clinical roles, Dr. Reed has long been an active member of national professional organizations including the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia. He holds an M.D. and Bachelor of Science from the University of South Alabama as well as a Master of Arts with a concentration in Health Care Management from Birmingham-Southern College.
About Joan Wellman & Associates (JWA Consulting)
JWA was formed in 2000 and set about applying the Toyota Production System (TPS) to healthcare. JWA's focus on Lean healthcare and experience in facilitating change have helped our clients achieve dramatic improvement in patient satisfaction, cost, access, safety, and quality while building a culture of continuous improvement and engaged employees. Our services support implementation of TPS principles from initiation to Advanced Lean in healthcare. No matter where an organization is on their Lean journey, JWA's deep experience provides insight into how to overcome the shortcomings of many Lean implementations, including failing to sustain improvements or transform organization-wide performance.
About Simpler Consulting
Simpler Consulting, A Truven Health Analytics Company, is a leading global management consulting firm that helps companies improve processes to stimulate business-impacting results. Unlike traditional management consulting firms that specialize in developing strategy but fall short on execution, Simpler plays an active role helping clients to create an organizational culture that continuously seeks out opportunities to make improvements. With its proprietary Simpler Business System®, Simpler® has delivered the fastest and most enduring Lean transformations at hundreds of organizations around the world. To learn more, visit http://www.simpler.com.
About Truven Health Analytics
At Truven Health Analytics we are dedicated to delivering the answers our clients need to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs. We are a healthcare analytics company with robust, widely-respected data assets and advanced analytic expertise that have served the global healthcare industry for more than 30 years. These combine with our unique perspective from across the entire healthcare industry to give hospitals, clinicians, employers, health plans, government agencies, life sciences researchers, and policymakers the confidence they need to make the right decisions, right now, every time. With our healthcare-specific expertise and tools for managing complex and disparate data, we understand how to implement and integrate tailored analytics that drive improvement.
Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as Micromedex, ActionOI, 100 Top Hospitals, MarketScan, and Advantage Suite. Truven has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit www.truvenhealth.com.
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