A message from Jeff Cohn, Plexus President
The most meaningful improvement work I've participated in since I started my career in quality has been the work I've done with Plexus. I feel it helps create the environment for creative innovation and engagement among all the people who need to participate in the work, so that large-scale change can occur.
You will be hearing more from me soon about ways we can help you and ways you can help us. Be thinking of connections and project ideas, and people in hospitals and health care organizations who want to take ideas into action.
A message from Trish Silber, Plexus Board Chair
Our board is serious about making an even bigger impact on the toughest issues facing the health care field. Certainly we have heard the call from many of you within and outside the Plexus community, who have been asking and expecting us to scale up this work. Plexus' ability to attract a health care executive of Jeff Cohn's caliber is a testament to our readiness to expand our offerings and to the effectiveness of complexity-based approaches for generating large-scale, sustainable change.
This is not to say that health care is now Plexus' only focus. We believe that Plexus' work in health care provides a proof of concept for complexity-based approaches that can be applied to intractable issues in other fields. We also know that Plexus' initiatives and networks in other areas, such as leadership, will provide significant value to our health care clients and community members.
On behalf of the board, I'd like to thank Lisa for her leadership over the last three years as she has extended Plexus' reach and visibility. We are grateful for her continued commitment and are looking forward to her ongoing stewardship of our Plexus Learning and Community Initiatives.
A message from Lisa Kimball to the Plexus community
I'm writing to share some exciting news from Plexus Institute!
In recent years we've had some extraordinary successes in a number of
small projects working with health care institutions to help them use
innovative approaches to daunting issues. We want to have even greater
impact in the health care field. To do that, the Plexus Board has been
developing strategies that would enable us to expand this work to a much
larger community of health care organizations and eventually to other
domains. A key part of that game plan was to recruit someone who could
lead the effort-someone with top rank credibility in the health care
field who also had an understanding of complexity and an appreciation of
Plexus methodologies. And it had to be someone who shared our
excitement about the potential and importance of this work. I'm thrilled
to say that Dr. Jeffrey Cohn
has stepped up to take on this challenge. Jeff is a medical oncologist
who directed the quality and patient safety department at Albert Einstein Health Network in Philadelphia, and he will be the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Plexus.
is already well known to many in the Plexus community. He has been
deeply involved in Plexus' work in health care since 2005 when he took
the lead at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network to engage with Plexus in
our first major project to use Positive Deviance (PD) to fight MRSA.
Since then, he has been an active participant in many other Plexus
initiatives. As a member of the Plexus Board of Directors, including
serving as our Chair, he has already made significant contributions
toward articulating our strategy and developing our network.
very pleased that we are now in a position to realize the potential for
Plexus to make the significant contribution that we have all believed
Jeff takes on his new role, I will continue to work with Plexus as
Chair of our Learning and Community Initiatives. A year ago, I shared
with the board my interest in moving from a formal leadership role to an
informal leadership role in spring 2012, dependent on our finding the
right person to lead Plexus in our next phase. I look forward to
continuing and expanding our work with the Starfish Leadership program, Plexus fractals, Plexus learning networks, our workshop offerings, and more.