Seminar: “Hospital Bed Management with Random Patient Length-of-Stay,” E. Lerzan Örmeci (Koç University), EA-409, 1:40PM March 24 (EN)

Title: “Hospital Bed Management with Random Patient Length-of-Stay” by E. Lerzan Örmeci, Department of Industrial Engineering, Koç University

March 24, Friday 13:40


Abstract: For the last few decades, it has been very challenging to manage the limited hospital resources due to the constantly increasing demand on health care services. In this talk, we are interested in managing one such resource, namely hospital beds when patients stay at the hospital for a random amount of time with known probability distributions. Bed management involves a variety of decisions at different planning levels, including, but not limited to, number of daily surgical procedures to be scheduled, admission, routing and discharge policies. We illustrate different modeling approaches that consider:

the interaction between operating room and bed capacities,
the routing of patients to different wards,
the discharge policies with and without routing decisions.

This seminar is based on joint works with Hessam Bavafa, Amin Khoshkenar, Nermin Kurt and Sergei Savin.

Bio: Lerzan Ormeci received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ), Ankara, Turkey in 1990 and 1993, respectively. She completed her PhD in Operations Research at Case Western Reserve University in 1998. She joined the department of industrial engineering at Koç University in 2001. Previously, she worked as a research fellow at Eurandom (Eindhoven, Netherlands), and as an instructor at Erasmus University (Rotterdam, Netherlands). She spent 2010 as a visiting scholar at the Wharton School of Management, University of Pennsylvania. Her research is in the area of stochastic modeling; in particular, she is interested in modeling and analyzing health care systems, including hospital operations, bed management, chronic disease management.