Rodney Haas

Vice President of Operational Excellence
University of Minnesota Physicians
Rodney Haas is the Vice President of Operational Excellence at University of Minnesota Physicians, where he leads the development and deployment of enterprise-wide Lean methodology, strategies, and framework to create a culture of continuous improvement, accountability, and sustainment. He began his career as a mechanical engineer and was introduced to Lean while working at General Motors and studying the Nummi system, a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors. He continued learning and deploying Lean tools after transitioning first to the GM Cadillac Care Division, and later to an independent consultancy, where he spent 12 years working with automotive, service, and healthcare organizations. He joined UM Physicians in 2006 as the Vice President of Performance Improvement. Today his role has expanded to lead executive-level programs, including CareConnect, the health system’s RTLS initiative. M Health uses the technology for active practice management and process improvement that supports managing the patient experience while continuously focusing on creating value-added, safe, effective, and efficient workflows.