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Opportunities for innovation a focus of leading healthcare conference

Opportunities for innovation a focus of leading healthcare conference
Carle Health brings together healthcare professionals to address today’s health challenges with world-class innovation and care in Central Illinois. That’s possible through idea-sharing, making community connections and continuing education.

A long-running continuing education conference happens 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2.

Foundation Day 2023, presented by Carle Health, will be at the I Hotel and Illinois Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., Champaign.

The annual conference, first presented in 1956, is open to the public and offers healthcare professionals from throughout Central Illinois a unique educational experience, Danielle Lawler, MSN, Carle Health continuing education coordinator and Foundation Day lead planner, said. Most of the participants work for Carle Health, the leading healthcare system in the region.

The conference is diverse and inclusive, with presenters, exhibitors and attendees representing the clinical, insurance, research, business and personal sides of healthcare.

“It’s multidisciplinary, for any healthcare professional from Carle and from throughout our communities,” Lawler said. “Including different disciplines and geographies makes this conference even more valuable to attendees.”

“It’s a unique opportunity for Carle and the continuing education world,” Charlie Hawknuff, MSN, Carle director of clinical education, said. “You won’t experience another conference like this.”

The theme of this year’s conference is “From Challenges to Connection: How Opportunities Become Innovation.” Presenters will examine challenges faced when providing world-class healthcare. When challenges are seen as opportunities, healthcare professionals can make connections to achieve innovation, Lawler said.

Thought leaders will present their insights on how to connect opportunities to innovative solutions, with the goal of inspiring everyday work. These insights can lead to improved experiences and outcomes for patients.

“This is an opportunity to connect with team members from across our organization and with colleagues from throughout our communities to spark conversation and innovation,” Lawler said.

Event organizers expect more than 300 healthcare professionals to attend the conference, which is free, thanks to exhibitor support. For more information or to register, click here.

This is an in-person event. Virtual attendance is available but only the keynote addresses will be live-streamed. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 30.

The three keynote addresses will be:
  • “Political Trends in Healthcare: Expect and Accept Change” by SinĂ©ad Rice Madigan, CEO, Health Alliance, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
  • “Leading Teams Through the Mucky Mire of Change” by Megan Bakaitis, MBA, performance improvement specialist, Carle Health, 11 a.m.-noon.
  • “Turning Challenges into Connections via Patient Advocacy” by Lori Zunich, technical project manager, Carle Health, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Nine breakout sessions will be:
  • “I’m not an innovator: Stop the debate and cultivate an innovative mindset” by Angelia DeWeese, MSPH, simulation education specialist, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Carle Eureka Hospital.
  • “The Inpatient Experience from Both Sides of the Gown” by Harley Brooks, MD, medical director, utilization management, Carle Physician Group, and David Chan, MD, associate chief medical director, acute care and children’s services, Carle Foundation Hospital.
  • “Things Every Clinician Should Know about the Business of Medicine” by Michael Smith, MD, senior VP and chief medical officer, Health Alliance.
  • “Integrating Mindfulness into Healthcare” by Doug McDannald, OCT-C, ophthalmic photographer, Carle ophthalmology and optometry.
  • “Innovation Across the System Leader Panel” with James Leonard, MD, president and CEO, Carle Health; Dennis Hesch, executive VP, chief finance and strategy officer, Carle Health; Colleen Kannaday, president, Carle BroMenn Medical Center and Carle Eureka Hospital; and Keith Knepp, MD, president, Carle Health Greater Peoria.
  • “Beyond the Binary: Working with Humans with a Substance Use Disorder” by Todd Beard, LCPC, manager, Carle Addiction Recovery Center.
  • “Perceptions of DEI” by Dana Gillon, PhD, director of departmental operations and faculty development, Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
  • “Do You Want to Go Home?” by Jeanette Murray, VP of hospital operations, Carle Health Methodist Hospital, and Luke Luetkemeyer, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Midwest Orthopaedic Center.
  • “Inclusive Behaviors” by Dana Gillon, PhD, director of departmental operations and faculty development, Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
For the conference agenda and to register, click here.

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