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Paul Pejsa

Paul Pejsa has over 30 years of experience in research, engineering, manufacturing, service and process improvement. He has held leadership positions including manufacturing plant manager, global supply chain strategy deployment leader and executive director for healthcare lean transformation. He is certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Change Management Leader through GE Healthcare, and a certified Lean Leader through the Shingo Institute. Paul is a licensed Professional Engineer and expects to achieve the status of Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2019.

Paul’s current work is focused on the cultural and quality transformation of health care systems, with experience ranging from rural clinics to large regional systems. He supports and coaches implementations of lean management systems that include strategy deployment, visual management and tiered huddles. At the front line, Paul facilitates improvement activities using lean tools like value stream mapping, 5S and standard work. For high volume or complex problems, he has experience with improvement projects using the statistical tools of Six Sigma.

Paul is currently director of delivery operations at Catalysis, a not-for-profit organization led by Dr. John Toussaint, CEO emeritus of the ThedaCare health care system. Catalysis’ mission is to transform health care through lean methodologies to improve patient outcomes, increase transparency and lower costs. Paul works at all levels of health care organizations, from senior leadership to frontline staff.

In his prior role, he was the executive director of continuous improvement at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin with responsibility for the development and deployment of lean systems and tools. His team also initiated and participated in research and project work with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

In addition to teaching lean classes at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Continuing Education, he is a volunteer faculty member and educational advisor at Medical College of Wisconsin.

Along with his wife, Nancy, he enjoys competitive sailboat racing, skiing, hunting, fishing and is a student of classical piano. They have three children and one grandchild.


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