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ADMINISTRATION & OPERATIONS
Kim Barnas is president of Catalysis. Kim is based in Appleton to support operations. Her focus is to coach, lead and support center teams that are working to help healthcare systems committed to:
- Transforming the patient experience
- Making quality more transparent
- Reducing healthcare costs across North America.
Prior to her role at Catalysis, Kim served as a senior vice president for ThedaCare, a seven-hospital system in Northeastern Wisconsin, and as president of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center. While in that role, she led a team in the development of ThedaCare’s renowned lean management system. It is designed to deliver improved performance through a predictable process that develops leaders, identifies defects, solves problems and develops people.
In 2014, Kim authored Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare based on her ThedaCare journey. After writing the book, she became a senior advisor to several national and international healthcare leadership teams implementing lean. She advised top leaders within healthcare organizations, providing the tools and framework for successful lean implementations. She also served as Catalysis faculty before joining us full time.
Kim has a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.
Human Resources DirectorArea of focus: Human Resources, IT, Finance
Human Resources Director
Peter is responsible for human resources finance and technology for Catalysis. Working with all of the value streams, Peter develops policies and procedures and is a resource to the management team to ensure Catalysis uses best practices and is an employer of choice.
Prior to joining Catalysis, Peter worked overseeing technology and human resources, as well as operations management. Most recently, he managed these areas at Modern Business Machines, A Xerox Company (MBM). In his tenure at MBM, Peter implemented Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, fostered an evolution of employee benefits and maintained compliance with HR regulations. Peter is an avid volunteer in leadership positions with multiple non-profit organizations locally and nationwide.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Peter earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Administration.
John is one of the foremost figures in the adoption of lean principles in healthcare. Under his leadership, Catalysis has launched peer-to-peer learning networks, developed in-depth workshops, and created many products – including books, DVDs and webinars. Catalysis sponsors the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit each year – both in the U.S. and in Europe. The Catalysis team has built C-suite coaching capability and partners with many organizations throughout the world advancing the idea of healthcare value through delivery redesign using lean, transparency of healthcare performance data, and payment reform.
He was the founding chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization, as well as the non-executive leader of the Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform in Wisconsin. He has participated in many Institute of Medicine subcommittees and has directly worked with CMS leaders to broaden their understanding of lean for government.
Dr. Toussaint’s healthcare improvement work using Toyota Production System principles has been well documented in articles published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Health Affairs, The Journal of Patient Safety, The Journal of Healthcare Management, Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, Harvard Business Review and Frontiers in Health Services Management. His work on payment reform and the transparency of provider performance data has been featured in The American Journal of Managed Care, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and the Commonwealth Fund publications. News publications such as TIME, The Wall Street Journal, the CNBC Blog, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Healthcare Finance News have featured articles about Dr. Toussaint’s work.
Dr. Toussaint has been recognized for his work in transforming healthcare by organizations such as The Business Healthcare Group of Wisconsin, which awarded him the “Driving Meaningful Change” award in 2014, The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME), which inducted him into its 2012 Hall of Fame, and the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, which hosts the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. Dr. Toussaint was named a lifetime member of the Shingo Academy in 2011. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle also honored Dr. Toussaint with a Certificate of Commendation for Innovation from the State of Wisconsin in 2005.
He has been a featured speaker at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Shingo Prize, The Lean Enterprise Institute, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and many international conferences. He also presents regularly to legislators, Medicare leaders and government staff on the topic of healthcare value.
Dr. Toussaint has written three books all of which have received the prestigious Shingo Research and Publication Award. His groundbreaking first book, On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry reveals how healthcare can be fundamentally improved at the point of delivery using the proven principles of lean management. His second book, Potent Medicine: The Collaborative Cure for Healthcare, describes the three core elements necessary to transform healthcare and deliver better value; delivery of care designed around the patient; transparency of treatment quality and cost; and payment for outcomes. His third book, Management on the Mend: The Executive Guide to System Transformation is a study of eleven organizations and the successful attempts to apply lean principles in healthcare. Dr. Toussaint is also the winner of ACHE’s 2014 Dean Conley Award for his article “A Management, Leadership and Board Road Map to Transforming Care for Patients,” published in the Spring 2013 issue of Frontiers of Health Services Management.
Project ManagerArea of focus: Website Administration, CEO Forum Support
Stephanie Van Vreede
Stephanie’s focus is on website administration and customer-focused projects, including support of the CEO Forum network.
Before joining Catalysis in 2010, Stephanie worked in both the paper industry and high tech, in roles that included executive support for CEOs and directors, and shareholder relations. Within these organizations, she also held positions that included public relations, marketing, software training and travel management.
Stephanie is a graduate of University of Wisconsin Colleges, with an Associate’s degree in Arts & Sciences.
Chief Development OfficerArea of focus: Product Development, Strategic Partnerships
Chief Development Officer
Helen oversees the payment initiatives, product development, summits and strategic relationships at Catalysis. She has 32 years of lean leadership experience across a wide range of industries, including automotive, capital equipment and high tech.
Prior to joining Catalysis, Helen served as COO of the Lean Enterprise Institute for 11 years. There she worked with Jim Womack to spread the topic of lean throughout the world and to every industry. Helen has contributed to 15 published works on the topic of lean, as well as numerous educational programs and events. She helped to establish the Lean Education Academic Network, The Lean Global Network and the Healthcare Value Network.
Helen is on the board of directors of the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, board of directors of GBMP, and serves as an advisor to EdNet at MIT. She is also a steering committee member of the Lean Education Academic Network. She is faculty for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and faculty and coach for the MBOE Program at Fisher College of Business at Ohio State.
Helen received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University, an MS in Operations Management, and an MS in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University.