The SHS Membership Committee has now changed to become the Member Recognition Committee with a goal of highlighting and recognizing member achievements and professional milestones. The SHS Membership Committee needs your help in nominating our society's outstanding members for their achievements! If you, or a fellow Society of Health Systems member, has had a recent achievement in any of the below categories, fill out the nomination form and send in to Pam Patterson (email@example.com). Here are the categories for filling out a nomination form:
After the nomination form is received, the Outstanding Member candidate will then be contacted by an SHS Recognition Committee member and will be recognized in the next SHS Monthly Newsletter. In addition to the above award categories, members will also be recognized for IIE Senior Member status, SHS Diplomate Status, and Years of Continuous Service in SHS milestones (five years, 10 years, etc.).
Thank you for your help in nominating our Outstanding Members for their achievements!
Dean Athanassiades, was appointed senior director, clinical informatics software customer services at Philips Healthcare. Dean has served as a director, senior manager, consultant, and in a variety of marketing and sales positions at Philips Healthcare, Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard during his 30-year career. Dean is a Diplomate of the Society for Health Systems and a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) credentials.
Aaron Kanne was recently promoted at Care Logistics to manager, project management and PMO. Prior to this promotion, Aaron was a senior project manager, and he has been with Care Logistics for more than three years. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 2006 with a master's of health systems engineering. He joined IIE in 2001, SHS in 2005, and is currently involved with the SHS membership recognition and conference committees.
Jim Benneyan has been an IIE and SHS member for more than 20 years. He started his career as an industrial engineer with IBM. He is currently an associate professor at Northeastern University.
Jim was one of 12 IIE senior members to receive the Fellow Award at the recent IIE Annual Conference. The Fellow Award recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial engineering. His contributions include service as a member of the SHS Board of Directors and president, and service as an IIE technical vice president. In addition to being an IIE Fellow, Jim is an SHS Diplomate.
Tiffany Adams Formby received her master’s degree in health systems from Georgia Tech in May 2012. She has completed improvement projects at Children's Hospital and Emory in Atlanta and at University Hospital in Augusta during her time as a student. Tiffany plans to begin her career with Huron Healthcare Consulting Group in January 2013. She joined IIE in 2007, SHS in 2009, and is currently involved with the SHS Academic Committee.
Jelece E. Morris has been an IIE and SHS member since 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Florida and is currently working on her master's degree in health systems at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Ms. Morris is currently a graduate research assistant at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Hospital. She has aspirations to pursue a career focused on improving the quality, processes and products related to the health and safety of individuals. Morris currently serves on the 2013 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference Committee.
Laura Sims recently graduated from Georgia Tech with her M.S. in health systems. She graduated in May 2010 from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering. As part of her undergraduate capstone project, Laura worked with the Emory University Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine on patient flow issues. In the summer of 2011, she worked as an intern again with the Emory ED on process improvement projects. Laura continued on with Emory as a graduate research assistant alongside her coursework in the Health Systems program.
Laura’s future career plans include starting a new job with Deloitte as a Business Technology Analyst in September 2012.
Roque Perez-Velez has been an IIE and SHS member since 1999. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez) and a master's degree in industrial and systems engineering with a major in engineering management from the University of Florida.
Mr. Perez-Velez holds a professional engineer license and has been working for Shands HealthCare since 1999. Prior to Shands, he worked in the manufacturing industry for more than eight years.
Karl Kraebber, St. John's Hospital has been an integral member of the SHS conference committee for multiple years. He has consistently gone above and beyond in his dedication and commitment to his role of track chair. Karl has made an effort to actively participate in a high percentage of our committee conference calls and has provided mentorship to some of the newer track chairs. He provides great ideas and feedback to the committee on a variety of relevant topics. Additionally, this year Karl presented on our SHS sponsored webinar to promote the 2012 conference. His enthusiasm for healthcare process improvement and our organization was professionally conveyed during the webinar, and it was a success.
As an IIE and SHS member, Lanie has been very involved in the local Detroit IIE chapter. She has held several office positions, including treasurer, activities coordinator, and is currently running for president of the local chapter. Within her employer organization, Henry Ford Health System, in addition to carrying a full project load of benchmarking and redesign projects; Lanie volunteers for several internal committees including the local Heart Walk fund-raising and our newly formed "Generation Y" network group. She is also actively involved with the alumni of her sorority.
John has served as the board-appointed treasurer of SHS through three terms. Though he is exoficio, he always volunteers to serve on committees and help in any way that he can. Most recently, John volunteered for the SHS Bylaws committee. After the committee had rewritten the policy, he volunteered to help assemble the operations manual which will serve as the organization's memory of the various processes and procedures employed by the Society. This work was above and beyond the call of duty and helped us complete a full revision of the Bylaws and the creation of of an operation manual including policies and procedures in record time.