Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership

Transforming Health Care: Creative Thinking for Serious People:

Dates:Wednesday-Thursday, June 25-26, 2014


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Check-in: 8:30a.m.

Program: 9:30a.m.-4:30p.m.


The Commons Hotel

615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414

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A 2-day seminar by Paul Plsek

About the seminar:

Transformation requires creative thinking. While the need to transform healthcare delivery is pressing, most of what we see in practice is incremental variations on the same themes.  For example, we strive to improve patient experience or reduce waiting times, but maintain the decades-old mental models of, "You come to see us" and "this is the sequence of events that must occur."  We need better ideas that challenge these underlying models.

Who Should Attend:

Individuals and Quality improvement teams from health care organizations are invited to attend this workshop with a quality improvement or health care redesign challenge in mind. Come and learn how directed creativity can influence your thinking and accelerate your work, quality improvement and redesign efforts. Participants will gain knowledge, tools and techniques, as well as confidence and insights about leading redesign innovations and triple aim quality improvement projects in their health care organizations through the application of directed creativity and design thinking processes.

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Paul Plsek is internationally recognized as a pioneer in bringing creative thinking and innovation methods to health care providers. In 2004, he was appointed as the Mark Hutcheson Chair for Innovation at the Virginia Mason Medical Center. Lessons from his work are detailed in his recently published book “Accelerating Health Care Transformation with Lean and Innovation: The Virginia Mason Experience.” To learn more about Paul Plsek click here to visit his website. Watch the video below to learn about the "Three Basic Mental Actions Behind All Creative Thought" by Paul Plesk


 Seminar Details

This seminar, intended for leaders of improvement in healthcare organizations, lays out the fundamentals of Directed Creativity to healthcare innovation, that provides insights on basic methods. The workshop equips participants with skills to lead more creative change and quality improvement efforts in their organizations to accelerate transformation.

Upon application, please describe a quality improvement or redesign challenge that will serve as the focus for application of the Directed Creativity Methods and ongoing quality improvement efforts.

registration is now open!

For more information: densford@umn.edu





Institutional Team of 3 with
3 months Follow up and
Coaching and Consultation.


Institutional Team of 5 with
6 months Follow up and
Coaching and Consultation.
(Additional members $900.
Limit 8)


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