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Dr. Leva K. Swim received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1979 and began her career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Oklahoma City, OK. After working for two years, she returned to Oklahoma State University and completed her M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management. She then began her career in healthcare and worked at Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City for 9 years, serving as Analyst, Senior Analyst and Manger of the Management Analysis Department. Dr. Swim was then employed by INTEGRIS Health, in Oklahoma City for 13 years, where she served in the role of Director of Decision Support Department. Dr. Swim is currently serving as Vice President of Population Health and Informatics at Stillwater Medical Center, where she has been employed over the last 10 years.
During her 32-year career in healthcare, Dr. Swim has hired Industrial Engineering Interns and Co-op students. She has also hired many new graduates from both the Oklahoma State University and The University of Oklahoma Industrial Engineering programs. In addition, she has facilitated the sponsorship of many Senior Design Teams at INTEGRIS Health and Stillwater Medical Center. She often gets requests and meets with students who have an interest in learning about opportunities for Industrial Engineers in healthcare.
Dr. Swim has served as adjunct faculty at both The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University for 15 years and has taught graduate level courses in Project Management, Strategic Quality Leadership, and Strategic Planning. Dr. Swim is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and a Project Management Professional.
Her significant accomplishments are: (1) paving the way for Industrial Engineers in healthcare systems in which she was employed, (2) designing, developing and implementing the Lean Program at Stillwater Medical Center, (3) introducing real world experience to the students she has taught, and (4) introducing academic concepts and tools to her peers in the healthcare industry.