Designed To Adapt - Paperback

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ACHE's 2011 James A. Hamilton Book of the Year

 ~A Healthcare Best-Seller~

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Dr. John Kenagy’s formula for saving healthcare one problem at a time is termed Adaptive Design, a set of methods, skills and tools designed to get healthcare back to the ideals of patient care by cultivating adaptability into the everyday work of the organization and its people, resulting in reducing costs and improving Patient Care.

Dr. Kenagy explains how. Here’s a preview:

1. Learn the five characteristics of great adaptive leaders. (p. 128)

2. Discover disruptive innovation. Will you be a disruptive innovator? Or will you be disrupted? (Chapter 5)

3. Explore principles for creating a safe, effective, learning laboratory and innovation incubator in every patient care environment. (p. 71-72)

4. Recognize the seven roadblocks to sustainable healthcare innovation and learn how to eliminate them. (p. 113-118)

5. Learn the keys to financial strength and stability in 21st century healthcare. Does your strategy align? (p. 159)

The secret to success in 21st century healthcare is no secret: Get patients exactly what they need at continually lower cost. It’s the way to fix healthcare.

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About The Author

Once described by Forbes Magazine as “The Man Who Would Save Healthcare,” Dr. John Kenagy knows healthcare as a physician, healthcare executive, scholar, advisor and, perhaps most importantly, a patient once deeply immersed in the healthcare system. As a critically-injured patient with a broken neck, Dr. Kenagy discovered that his recovery depended on the efforts of individuals working in a broken system. Determined to make a difference, he became a healthcare executive, but quickly discovered he was inundated with big, chronic problems that defied solution while physicians and staff struggled with the multitude of small problems that kept patients from getting what they needed. Ultimately he tackled the problem as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School, where he studied transformational, disruptive innovation and highly adaptable organizations.

Companies like Toyota, Intel and Southwest showed him that it’s the ability to solve small problems first that makes it possible to manage complex, dynamic, unpredictable work - like the work of getting patients exactly what they need at continually lower cost. Dr. Kenagy’s formula for saving healthcare one problem at a time is termed “Adaptive Design.” Its key is developing people to improve their small part of the organization every day, empowering them to problem-solve when their patients don’t get what they need, and holding them accountable to change.

Dr. Kenagy is Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington. He was formerly a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh. He continues to write, speak, advise and teach, dividing his time between Longview, Washington; Belmont, Massachusetts and the rest of the world.

To learn more about Dr. Kenagy and bringing him into your organization, please visit his Speaker Page.

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“The Man Who Would Save Health Care.”
Forbes Magazine

“Based on my Mayo Health System experience, I have one word for Kenagy’s Adaptive Design model: Brilliant.”
Mark Lindsay, MD, Quality Officer, Mayo Health System

“If you’re really serious about leadership, management and innovation in healthcare, start reading this book…now!”
Anthony R. Tersigni, Ed.D., FACHE, President and CEO, Ascension Health

“Our staff and physicians appreciate the opportunity [to drive] decisions at the ‘local’ level and resolve long-standing challenges to getting things done.”
Michael H. Covert, President and CEO, Palomar Pomerado Health

“Dr. John Kenagy and Adaptive Design are truly expanding the possibilities for healthcare.”
Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, Author of The Innovator’s Prescription

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Product Details

Title: Designed To Adapt: Leading Healthcare in Challenging Times
Recipient of the 2011 ACHE James A. Hamilton Book of the Year award.
Author: John Kenagy, MD

Format: Paperback - This book is also available in Hardcover
Publisher: Second River Healthcare
Pub. Date: September 2009
Pages: 180
Edition Number: 2nd printing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-9814605-3-6
ISBN-10: 0-9814605-3-4
Product Dimensions: 8.4" x 5.5" x .6"

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