Johnson has been a clinical nurse specialist for the past six years working with Heart Health. Her demonstration of leadership in cardiovascular nursing prompted her co-workers to nominate her for a Canadian Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Excellence award. Johnson is the first person in Saskatchewan to win this award.

Kaizen Operations Team lead Kelly Johnson.

“I was just so proud to be nominated by my peers and I believe the only reason I won the award was because of the people I work with,” she says. “They are fantastic. My name may be on the award but it belongs to all of them.”

Subsequently, making the transition to becoming a Kaizen Operations Team (KOT) lead for the Acute Medicine and Complex Care service line may seem like a puzzling choice but for Johnson it makes perfect sense. “I really like the idea of building on past successes and getting rid of waste,” she explains. “We’ve done such great work in cardiology and I like the idea of spreading that momentum to the rest of the Region.”

Although new to the job, Johnson will assist the directors in developing and implementing their Kaizen plans, quality plans and improvement plans for the year. “It’s going to be a totally new world for me but I like the idea of a challenge. I think it will be really exciting to see where we are in five years.”

Kaizen Operations Team (KOT) leads

Kaizen Operation Team (KOT) leads help plan, develop and implement improvement work for each of the service lines. In addition to Kelly Johnson, KOT leads have been selected for the following service lines:

Maternal and Child Health Service
– Sandy Gibson
Surgical Services – Cindy Graham
Support Services – Tammy Vornbrock