Catalysis | Inspiring Healthcare Leaders, Accelerating Change


QuoteCatalysis (formerly ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value) got its start in 2008. We are the first organization of our kind to exclusively focus on educational programs and resources designed to transform healthcare value.

We are a mission driven, not for profit organization. It is our ultimate goal to transform the healthcare industry. We do this through careful research that includes listening to healthcare leaders and sharing best practices and innovative thinking that results in system change. Resources from Catalysis enable leaders to dramatically improve their healthcare systems, change organizational behaviors, and enhance the delivery of patient care while lowering its cost.

Our History

John Toussaint, MD, founded Catalysis based on his experience transforming healthcare value during his tenure as CEO at ThedaCare, a regional health system based in Appleton, Wisconsin. The organization first collaborated with the Lean Enterprise Institute to develop a new movement that applies lean thinking methodologies to healthcare.

Since 2008, Catalysis has led the way with numerous healthcare value milestones, including:

2009: Formation of the Healthcare Value Network
2010: Published On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry and initiated an Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit
2012: Published Potent Medicine: The Collaborative Cure for Healthcare
2013: Founded the Clinical Business Intelligence Network
2014: Launched the CEO Forum and published Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare
2015: Published Management on the Mend: The Healthcare Executive Guide to System Transformation
2016: Healthcare Value Summits in North America and Europe grow to reach nearly 1,000 healthcare leaders each year