Executive Education Academy for Excellence in Healthcare

The Academy for Excellence in Healthcare is a collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and Cardinal Health – committed to improving the operations and outcomes of the nation’s health care providers. The program has been designed to help health care organizations identify and solve their greatest operating challenges, ultimately driving results that can significantly reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.

The rapidly evolving health care industry has created a new standard of excellence for the safety and accuracy of patient care. With its proven record in creating and shaping lean leaders through an operational excellence curriculum unmatched in the country, Fisher College of Business is uniquely positioned to deliver this program. As a partner and thought leader, Cardinal Health is a health care services company with a decade of experience and commitment to LEAN management and Operational Excellence. This unique partnership brings together an ideal combination of academic and industry experience that will provide participants with a pragmatic and results oriented development experience.  

We believe many opportunities for operational improvement remain untapped – and that the key to unlocking these is in changing how we work, how we communicate, and how we lead.

Cardinal Health


Program Information

LOCATION: Fisher College of Business, Pfahl Hall

Cohort 11:
Session 1: January 30 - February 3, 2017
Session 2: May 1 - 3, 2017
*Application deadline: December 9, 2016

Format: Session 1:
Monday 1 - 5 p.m., Reception to follow
Tuesday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - Noon

Coaching takes place between Session 1 and 2.

Session 2: 
Monday 1 - 5 p.m., Reception to follow
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. - Noon

Full tuition scholarships that cover program materials, meals while class is in session, parking and hotel accommodations are available for teams of 3 - 5 individuals.  Apply for a team scholarship.
For teams that choose not to apply for a scholarship, the cost is $9,000 for each individual team member.  Register and make payment.
Tuition covers program material, meals while class is in session, parking and hotel accommodations.

CEUS: Participants are expected to attend all eight days of the on campus program. Only those who attend the entire program will receive CEUs and a certificate of completion.
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  • Participants

    The program is intended for intact teams of three to five employees in operating and line roles such as functional support areas, direct patient care leadership, supply chain, materials management, perioperative supply, or related areas. Each team should include at least one attendee at a director level or higher. All participants who are accepted and enrolled are eligible to apply for a full-scholarship tuition that also covers in-class materials, meals during sessions and hotel accommodations.


    • Any hospital with a three to five person project team comprised of members who are mid-level manager or directors within the organizational structure.  
    • Hospital project teams will be required to present a problem statement to be address during the course.

    Qualified Projects

    To qualify for the scholarship, hospital-project teams must pursue a course of hands-on learning that is supported by a sponsor within the hospital system. The project teams must prepare a problem statement to be approved by Fisher faculty prior to the admittance and awarding of the scholarship funds.

  • Faculty


    Topics may include:

    Week 1:

    • The DNA of continuous improvement and structured problem solving
    • Visual management: A3 problem solving and value-stream mapping
    • Identifying process waste and root cause, preventative risk analysis
    • Lean management system: Standard work, daily accountability

    90-day interim period:

    • Individual project work with regular coaching – includes at least one on-site visit from coach and bi-weekly electronic coaching sessions

    Week 2:

    • Project report-outs/reflections
    • Leader standard work: Supporting and maintaining the system



Beth Miller, Program Director
Fisher College of Business
Executive Education
110 Pfahl Hall
280 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1144