Val Ferris, RN, ELMBA Executive Sensei, Virginia Mason Institute Executive Sensei, Virginia Mason Institute

Val Ferris, RN, ELMBA, is an executive sensei at Virginia Mason Institute. Her passion is to work collaboratively with leadership and teams to improve quality for patients and staff.

Prior to her work at Virginia Mason Institute, Val’s leadership experience includes perioperative and procedural services, emergency department, hospitalist services, and Kaizen Promotion Office. As an improvement leader, she has sponsored and led efforts to reduce hospital, surgical, procedural and emergency department lead time. She has led multiple flow (3P) workshops to assist with the design of inpatient units, surgical facilities and future state processes for the hospital.

Val is a Kaizen Fellow graduate in the Virginia Mason Production System and 3P (Production, Preparation, Process) facilitation.