John Toussaint to speak on healthcare reform at St. Norbert College

Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 a.m.

From St. Norbert College, March 13, 2012
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

John Toussaint, M.D., CEO emeritus of ThedaCare and the CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, will present "Real Healthcare Reform: What Is It Going to Take?" as part of the CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series at the Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 a.m.

Dr. Toussaint served as president and chief executive officer of ThedaCare Inc. from March 2000 until April 2008. During his tenure at ThedaCare, he introduced the ThedaCare Improvement System, applying the "lean" production process begun by Toyota to a healthcare environment. The continuous improvement journey at ThedaCare has led to such results as zero medication reconciliation errors for more than three years in a row in addition to dramatically improved staff productivity and satisfaction. Millions of dollars in waste reduction has resulted in ThedaCare consistently being one of the lowest-priced healthcare organizations in Wisconsin, while more than doubling operating income over 5 years.

Presently, Dr. Toussaint is the leader of the Healthcare Value Leaders Network which is a partnership between the Lean Enterprise Institute in Cambridge, Mass. and the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. This partnership is helping to facilitate collaborative learning between organizations committed to transforming themselves using the lean methodology. Presently there are 55 members in the network.

This is the 15th year that the college has presented the CEO Series, an educational resource for area business professionals. All the presenters in this year's eight-part series are prominent business and community leaders who will share their unique insights on issues facing American businesses today.

Nicolet National Bank sponsors this session, the series presenting sponsor is WPS Health Insurance/Arise Health Plan, and the title sponsors are Grant Thornton LLP, Insight Publications and Boldt.

All sessions are from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and take place at the Butte des Morts Country Club, Appleton, or F.K. Bemis International Center, St. Norbert College.