Improvement Kata

March 6, 2018 | 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Student Member Fee: $50
Non-Member Fee: $350
Member Fee: $250


Meritus Health
11116 Medical Campus Road
Hagerstown, Maryland

Meritus Health has become a model in the health care industry for its' focused effort on continuous improvement through daily kata and employee engagement. This event will provide practical advice and hands-on opportunities to see and learn from kata being practiced in a large and diverse health care organization. Attendees will participate in the daily leadership "kata rounding," hear from CEO Joe Rossi on how to implement a change strategy, learn from practitioner Sara Abshari about daily improvement, and practice kata in a live simulation.


Meritus Health

Meritus Medical Center is a state-of-the-art, not-for-profit, community hospital that has cared for patients for more than a century. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Meritus Medical Center invests millions of dollars and resources each year to provide for the health care needs of vulnerable and underserved populations. Located in Hagerstown, Maryland at the crossroads of Western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. It is the largest healthcare provider and one of the largest employers in Washington County.


7:45am   -   9:00am   Walk with Meritus Health senior leadership in "kata daily rounding." (Open to the first 30 guests)
9:00am   -   9:30am   Welcome & light breakfast
9:30am   - 10:30am   Meritus Health CEO Joe Rossi on “CEO’s perspective: Quality as strategic goal.” 
10:30am - 12:00pm   Sara Abshari on "From death by Kaizen to continuous improvement."
12:00pm -   1:00pm   Lunch/networking
1:00pm   -   3:30pm   Toyota Kata simulation
3:30pm   -   4:30pm   Closing presentation
4:30pm                       Adjourn 

  • Leaders at all levels
  • Continuous improvement professionals / lean practitioners
  • Kata practitioners
  • Participate in the Meritus Health daily leadership "kata rounding"
  • Hear from Meritus Health CEO Joe Rossi on how to implement a change strategy
  • Learn from practitioner Sara Abshari about daily improvement
  • Practice Kata with a live simulation
  • Network with your lean community
  • Experience lean in a health care envoirnment

You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award winning Target magazine and much more.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry.

Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $100 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop.

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