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SVC Operational Excellence Instructor Makes Presentations at National Conference

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Posted: Thursday Oct 6, 2011
Dr. Richard F. Kunkle, M.D., instructor of management and program director of management for operational excellence at Saint Vincent College, made two presentations and participated in a panel discussion at the Sixth Annual Lean Education Academic Network sponsored by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Alabama in Huntsville September 29 to October 1 in Huntsville.

Participants included representatives from Ohio State, University of Michigan, Auburn University, University of Kentucky, Old Dominion University, Loyola Marymount, University of Southern California and other colleges and universities in the United States, China and Mexico.

Dr. Kunkle delivered a presentation entitled, “Teaching Cultural Change at the Graduate and Undergraduate Level.” The presentation described the pedagogy involved in teaching students how to lead cultural change in an organization to develop a culture of mutual trust and respect between leaders and front line employees.

He also presented a program on “Success of the Cultural Change First Model in Healthcare.” This presentation described the implementation of the cultural change first model in a cardiovascular surgery value stream. Both the techniques and the outcomes resulted in this greenfield initiative being selected as one of the top 50 cardiovascular surgery groups in the nation within two years after initiating the program and consistently performing well above the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database averages.

The panel discussion was entitled, “Integration of Lean across Curricula.” Dr. Kunkle was joined on the panel by members from Ohio State University and University of Alabama at Huntsville. Dr. Kunkle shared the integration of Operational Excellence content achieved at Saint Vincent through the support of other Saint Vincent faculty including Mark Abramovic, Jeff Godwin, Dr. William Hisker, Dr. Thomas Cline and Robert Markley. Operational Excellence has been integrated into courses in management information systems courses, finance, accounting, marketing and strategic management. SVC continues to expand its Operational Excellence courses including Advanced Statistical Process Control and Advanced Quantitative OE and Simulation.

Dr. Kunkle has been elected to the planning committee of the Lean Education Academic Network that will be held at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in September 2012.


Photo: Dr. Richard F. Kunkle, M.D.