<< Back to Calendar

PASADENA Virtual | Adopting PM Philosophies to enhance performance

Strategic Business Management


Adopting PM Philosophies to enhance performance

For many years, healthcare organizations have focused on the triple aim – improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care. Hospitals, in particular, are looking for ways to dramatically improve performance to meet patient, regulatory, and payer expectations.  Learn from a former project/process engineer and current hospital COO how hospitals are working to make the transition to high performing organizations and how they are adopting project management philosophies like LEAN and Six Sigma to enhance their performance.

The learning objectives for this discussion will include:

  • Hospital structure, roles, and responsibilities – comparison to manufacturing organizations
  • How hospitals have incorporated project management philosophies and tools into operations
  • Opportunities in healthcare for project managers



Kenny Pawlek joined USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, a 158 bed community hospital in the Keck Medicine of USC health system, as Chief Operating Officer in March of 2016.  In this role, Kenny leads the day-to-day operations in alignment with Keck Medicine of USC’s strategic priorities and service culture.  Kenny oversees all ancillary clinical operations, facility maintenance, EVS, and food services.  He is responsible for all construction and equipment purchases and participates in strategic planning, business development, and physician recruitment. He works closely with the CEO and other executive leaders to ensure that USC Verdugo Hills Hospital fulfills its’ commitment to exceptional, high-quality patient and family-centered care.

Prior to joining USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Kenny spent twelve years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he held positions in inpatient, outpatient, and research operations.  His focus at CHLA was on developing and enhancing clinical programs to improve patient care.

Healthcare is Kenny’s second career. During his career in manufacturing, he worked for Avery Dennison, a worldwide leader in adhesive technologies, display graphics and packaging materials, in operations and business development.

Kenny holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from Harvey Mudd College a MBA from the University of Southern California, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He is an active member of ACHE, Healthcare Executives of Southern California and serves on the Board of Directors for Family Promise of the Vedugos, and the Glendale Police Foundation.


  • 7:30 - 7:45 Networking, and PMI Announcements
  • 7:45 - 8:45 Presentation
  • 8:45 - 9:00 Q&A


  • 1 PDU - Strategic Business Management Category - will be awarded to the attendees. No further action is required by members.


  • FREE

Location & Parking

Online - Meeting participation information will be provided through your registration confirmation email.

Questions, Suggestions, Volunteer Inquiries

Contact the Pasadena Team at pasadena@pmi-la.org


Photo Disclaimer

Upon participating in any PMI event, you are agreeing to allow PMI to use your likeness for use in its promotional material including their websites.

Postponement / Cancellation

Please refer to the Cancellation Policy section of the FAQ page

This event may be canceled or postponed by the Chapter, though all efforts will be made to avoid doing so.  If canceled or postponed, notification will be made to all registrants via email.


It is no longer possible to register for this event

It is no longer possible to register for this event


Type of category: Public Events (Programs, Career Dev and Membership Public Events)

Type of activity: Strategic Business Management

Date: January 21st, 2021

Hour: 7:30AM to 9:00AM

PDUs: 1


Members: Free

Non members: Free

Students: Free