2016 Annual Healthcare Symposium: Lean and High Reliability

  • Friday, May 20, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 648 Monroe Avenue NW Suite 212 Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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  • You'll receive entry to the Healthcare Symposium and a year membership with the MLC.

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Kurt Knoth, Vice President of Performance Improvement at Spectrum Health will be speaking!

Kurt Knoth is vice president of Performance Improvement for Spectrum Health.  Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit, integrated health system based in West Michigan. He is an experienced leader in lean transformation efforts in large, complex organizations. Kurt is responsible for the design and deployment of performance improvement resources to help the organization realize the Triple Aim: better health, better care and lower cost. He is passionate about viewing performance improvement through the lens of the patient experience.  Departments that he is responsible for include: Process Improvement, Patient Experience, Sustainability, Patient Relations, and Clinical Ethics.


Kurt joined Spectrum Health in 2012 as vice president of Process Improvement. 

Kurt brings over 20 years of Lean transformation experience in a wide variety of industries and sectors. He has led transformation efforts in automotive, aerospace, high tech, military, and health care sectors spanning eight countries. Kurt began his lean journey with Donnelly, a tier one automotive supplier in Grand Haven, MI. This transformation was featured in chapter eight of Jeffrey Liker’s Becoming Lean – Inside Stories of U.S. Manufacturers. It was at Donnelly that Kurt worked under the tutelage of the Shingijutsu Consulting Group and had the opportunity to study kaizen in Japan. During his consulting tenure before joining Spectrum, he worked for firms including Simpler Consulting, Optiprise (Dr. Jeffery Liker's Lean Consulting firm) and KPMG Consulting. His clients included: The Boeing Company, US Air Force Surgeon General, St. John Health System, ThedaCare, USAF Air Combat Command Headquarters, USAF European Command, US Army NE Asia (Camp Carroll, Korea), Gillette (Brazil), UK Royal Navy, US Marine Corps Headquarters (Pentagon), Lockheed Martin, and Harvard Vanguard.

Kurt received degrees in Industrial Electronics, Plastics Engineering and Operations Management from Ferris State University. He also completed coursework at Aquinas Graduate School towards a Master of Management Degree. Kurt is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, US Air Force AFSO21 Certified Sensei, and is a Certified Private Pilot.


Kurt is a current board member of the Ferris State University Alumni Association, a member of the Healthcare Value Network and The Economic Club of Grand Rapids.  He is member of the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Grand Haven Aviation Association.

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