The Society for Healthcare Improvement Professionals (SHIP), a not-for-profit membership association, was established in 2011. It provides a community for professionals dedicated to advancing the quality of patient safety in health care through effective innovation in performance improvement practices.
Most participants come from hospital positions and have found the networking meetings very useful. We try to have regular meetings at local hospitals with a presentation by the hospital or others regarding ongoing improvement work.
In 2011 several of us thought that it would be a good idea to connect people working in healthcare performance improvement in the Los Angeles Area. An initial meeting was held at USC where we discussed what such a group could provide. Several local hospitals sent representatives. We began with periodic meetings at hospitals to share experiences and success stories. It didn’t even have a name – SHIP came later. We had support from the local southern California Hospital Council and developed a mailing list of interested people, over 400. Since then the industry’s interest in performance improvement has grown as well as support for this group. The hospitals may refer to the topic as Lean, QI or other labels but they all want to improve their performance. In the past year we have developed a steering committee to work on regular meetings, communications, bylaws, journal, newsletter, job posting, web site, etc. Our most recent meetings were at Keck Hospital (on technology) and at Cedars Sinai hospital (on safety and human factors).