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Foundation Day

Advancing Patient Care Through Everyday Innovation

Carle Foundation Day 2021 aims to address the who, what, when, where, why, and how of everyday innovation in healthcare.

  • Who should become an innovator?
  • What does the innovation process look like?
  • When and where can innovations originate?
  • Why are everyday innovations necessary to enhance patient care and healthcare system?
  • Lastly, how do you support culture change for innovation in healthcare?

The expected outcome of this event is empower providers, clinicians and administrators with the necessary tools to become everyday innovators by discussing examples of everyday innovation and the process.

Friday, May 7, 2021
To be held virtually via Zoom


Learning Objectives

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Opening Remarks
8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
James C. Leonard, MD
President & CEO, Carle Health

Keynote #1: How does innovation benefit patients?
8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
LTC Chani A.Cordero
Deputy Commander of Administration and Health Services Systems
Management Consultant, Presidio of Monterey Health Services

Keynote #2: How does innovation benefit healthcare systems
and how do you support and promote culture change for innovation?

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Rose Hedges, RN, DNP
Nursing Research & Innovation Coordinator, UnityPoint Health Cedar

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Session #1: Local Examples of Innovation
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Speakers TBD

11:45 – 12:00 p.m.

Keynote #3: What does the innovation process look like?
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Speakers TBD

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

General Session: Innovations in the ED
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Sara M. Krzyzaniak, MD
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Clinical Associate Professor,
Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

General Session: Intersection of Data & Biotechnology
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Benjamin Smarr, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering & Data Science, University of California San Diego

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Keynote #6: Barriers and Solutions
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.
Speakers TBD

Closing Remarks
4:50 – 5:00 p.m.


Keynote Speakers

Coming soon