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Value Stream 5 Sustainability

Don't panic! Improve quality and environmental performance

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Location Code
2:00pm-3:00pm Room 205, 2nd floor WP/35

Respond to climate change using your production system.

Meet climate change challenges using the power of your organization’s production system; strategies for implementation of environmental sustainability projects; excellence and cross-functional teams, culture and kaizen.


Learn effective strategies for meeting the challenge of climate change, a threat to health as great as previously-recognized pollution and clean water issues. Use the power of your production system to continue improving quality while reducing your organization’s environmental impact. Transform your company into one that focuses on excellence and the health of future generations. Hear about the award-winning EnviroMason environmental stewardship initiative at Virginia Mason, a national leader in health care sustainability. Learn how this program is supported by senior leadership and team members. Gain information about how the Virginia Mason Production System assisted the selection and implementation of environmental sustainability projects. Learn about a commercial kitchen composting program that improved quality and decreased environmental impact through mistake proofing, a kaizen program that removed medical supplies from the solid waste stream and put them in the hands of health teams across the globe, a process for donating clean socks to those in need and a successful employee engagement approach including an idea system and a cross-functional Green Team. Gain a hands-on opportunity to solve an environmental problem using an element of the presentation. Hear added insights about collaboration and cross-functional teams, continuous improvement, culture, health care and kaizen.


Virginia Mason, based in Seattle, WA, is recognized as one of the best U.S. health care facilities. Its network of primary and specialty care medical centers and the Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center offer care in areas including digestive disorders, heart and cancer care. Virginia Mason recognitions include HealthGrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, for three consecutive years; a Top Hospital in the nation (The Leapfrog Group) for the fifth consecutive year; Leapfrog Top Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality; and as a national leader in deploying the Toyota Production System in health care management.

Speaker: Brenna Davis

Brenna Davis is the director of sustainability for Virginia Mason in Seattle, WA, which was named one of the 50 greenest U.S. health systems in 2013. She began her sustainability career in a Northwest oil refinery in 1995. Her education in environmental science, business and systems gives Davis a passion for data, with a focus on results and continuous improvement. Her work helps others connect with their innate leadership abilities, contributing to the earth’s renewal for future generations. Davis holds a B.A. degree in environmental science from Western Washington University and an M.S. degree in management from Antioch University.