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John Kenagy - Kenagy & Associates. Longview, WA, US

John Kenagy

Author / Keynote Speaker | Kenagy & Associates


Creating Adaptive Capacity



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John Kenagy 84th AHIMA Convention & Exhibit




Dr. John Kenagy knows healthcare as a physician, executive, scholar, advisor and patient. In
addition to 20 years experience as a vascular surgeon, he has been Chief of Surgery, Chief of
Staff and Regional Vice President for Business Development for a multi-state, not-for-profit
healthcare delivery system. And, most importantly, he has been a patient.

His frustration with current methods was fueled by an injury – he suffered a broken neck in a
fall from a tree. Critically injured, he discovered that his recovery depended on the efforts of
dedicated individuals working in an unpredictable and often unresponsive system. Searching
for answers, he earned a management degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of
Government and was appointed Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School.

Kenagy’s Harvard research included developing disruptive innovation healthcare strategy with
Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen and translating to healthcare the
drivers for success in transformational companies like Toyota, Intel and Apple.

The result is Adaptive Design; ® a set of revitalizing choices and opportunities that cultivate
adaptability in the everyday work of the organization and it’s people. He authored Designed to
Adapt: Leading Healthcare in Challenging Times to be the guidebook to more care for less cost. The
American College of Healthcare Executives named it the 2011 Book of the Year.

Dr. Kenagy’s work and his soon-to-be-released, web-based, on-line learning course Experience
Adaptive Design enable everyone from the executive team to the frontline to get patients exactly
what they need at continually lower cost. It’s the way to thrive in 21st Century healthcare.

His contributions have been widely recognized:
- Speaking and consulting engagements throughout the US and in Canada
- Testimony before the US Senate Commerce Committee
- Author of “Service Quality in Health Care” in the Journal of the American Medical Association, named the Best Healthcare Management Article of the Year.
- Coauthored Harvard Business School Teaching Cases used worldwide to teach how to effectively innovate in complex, dynamic, unpredictable, competitive environments.
- Forbes Magazine featured Dr. Kenagy as “The Man Who Would Save Healthcare.”

Industry Expertise (5)

Program Development

Training and Development

Health Care - Facilities

Health Care - Services

Health Care - Providers

Areas of Expertise (5)

Leadership: Leaving A Legacy in Uncertain Times

21st Century Health Care

Quality-Centered Health Care

Developing People as the Number One Resource

Patient-Centered Point-Of-Care

Accomplishments (4)

Author, Speaker, Advisor (professional)


Visiting Scholar, Havard Business School (professional)

1998-2001 Research, writing, advising and teaching on disruptive innovation and the management of complex, dynamic unpredictable organizations

Regional VP, Business Development, St. John's Hospital, PeaceHealth (professional)


Vascular and General Surgeon, Longview General and Thoracic Surgery (professional)


Education (4)

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government: MPA, Management 1998

University of Washington, School of Medicine: M.D., General & Vascular Surgery 1976

University of Nebraska Medical Center: M.D., Medicine 1971

University of Nebraska - Lincoln: B.S., English, History, Biology 1967

Testimonials (4)

Katie Roda, Microsoft | Connected Health Conference

I wanted to extend my sincerest thanks for your participation at the Connected Health Conference. Yours was one of the few sessions I took the time to sit down and enjoy and I must say it was certainly worth the invested time! I thought your talk was fantastic & compelling. I’m so glad you were able to join us.

Rick Seidler, President and CEO | Trinity Regional Health System

"Thanks for an inspirational and motivating presentation to our management team and board. We have huge potential for improvement with Adaptive Design and it was very meaningful for our team to hear the story from you. You helped make it ‘come alive’ for us.”

Keith Fraidenburg, Vice President, Education & Communications | College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

“Based on the program evaluations, this will be remembered as one of the most successful events in CHIME’s history! Your keynote presentation was incredibly well received (receiving 94% ‘Top Box’ ratings). Our group was captivated by your insight and the entertaining style with which you delivered your message.”

Bill Rudman, PhD, RHIA, Executive Director, AHIMA Foundation Vice President of Education Visioning, AHIMA | AHIMA

On behalf of the AHIMA Foundation, I would like to thank you for your participation in our inaugural innovation conference. Your thoughtful presentation, A Leader's Guide to Building a Culture of Innovation, provided insights into healthcare issues most pressing to our country’s future. Your involvement in the innovation conference helped to make it a truly successful event. I sincerely hope that you will consider working with the AHIMA Foundation in the future.

Event Appearances (6)

Adaptive Innovation as a New Heathcare Strategy

Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Operation Conference  Whistler, B.C.


Adaptive Innovation Insights: Building Success & Innovation for the 21st Century Healthcare

2012 AHIMA Convention & Exhibit  Chicago, IL


Adaptive Design: Moving Beyond Six Sigma & Lean to Lead World Healthcare

5th World Healthcare & Medical Tourism Congress  Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Adaptive Design: Knowing What To Do in 21st Century Healthcare

EmCare Leadership Confererence  Philadelphia, PA


Adaptive Design: 7 Insights into Leading the World in Healthcare

HaelthCare Partners of Nevada Conference  Las Vegas, NV


Leading the World in Dong Exactly What The Patient Needs at Lower Cost

Highmark Healthcare Leadership Roundtable  Farmington, PA


Sample Talks (1)

Lead Like Toyota: Managing Knowledge, Innovation and Inspiration in Healthcare

Toyota has been recognized for years as a great company. The term "Lean" defines their powerful process-improvement methods. Many companies use Lean skills and tools. But the mystery was that Toyota's success has been extremely difficult for others to sustain. That mystery has been solved. There is much more to the story than a great process-improvement method. Toyota's leadership and management have moved beyond industrial process management to become knowledge managers.



  • Keynote
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


9500 to 12000

Courses (1)

Experience Adaptive Design

Experience Adaptive Design (EAD) is an interactive online (or on-site) training course that incorporates video & book learning with real-world group discussions. The course is appropriate for any healthcare environment. The objective: rapidly develop everyone in your organization to deliver Ideal Patient Care and continually lower costs.

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