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2011 Book Festival Author
John Toussaint

Author Biography

As the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value’s founder and president, John Toussaint, MD, has the experience and passion to be a driving force in creating healthcare value. From 2000–2008, Dr. Toussaint served as president and chief executive officer of ThedaCare, Inc., a community-owned, four-hospital health system including twenty-one physician clinics, as well as home health capabilities, senior care facilities, hospice care and behavioral health. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with nearly 5,400 employees, serving an eight-county region.

Presently, he is chairman of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization; a public-private partnership centered on reporting provider efficiency using a centralized claims database derived from the major payers in the state. In 2005, Dr. Toussaint was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s committee on pay for performance for physicians, as well as to Governor Doyle’s e-Health and Patient Safety Board.

ThedaCare and Dr. Toussaint’s work have been featured in Health Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Modern Health Care, and Health Management Technology. Additionally, Dr. Toussaint is asked to speak all over the world on LEAN and the topics of quality and efficiency in health care. He has been the keynote speaker at health conferences in Canada, Australia, Singapore, and most recently, the 2009 LEAN Health Care Transformation Summit in London, England. He has been invited to speak and participate on expert panels for The Brookings Institute and the Institute of Medicine in 2009.

ThedaCare's new book On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry, written by John Toussaint and Roger Gerard, shares the story of how ThedaCare applied lean principles from the manufacturing industry to care delivery.

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Atlas Coffee Mill

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