Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon’s Fresh Perspective Opens Up New Possibilities for Helping Others

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Mark Elzik, M.D., an orthopaedic hand surgeon at St. Joseph Health System’s Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, says that he thought he might be interested in becoming a physician early on because he was inspired by watching his physician father treat patients and make them better. “While in school, I started volunteering in a hospital and found that it …

Giving Back In Our Communities

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            On March 17, The Innovation Institute hosted an Innovation Day for 60 students at St. Joseph’s Academy, a high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in association with The Innovation Institute’s member owner Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. On April 5, The Innovation Institute hosted another Innovation Day for 80 Mater Dei High …

Deloitte Director for Center for Health Solutions Shares Advice for Inventors

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The Innovation Institute works with several industry partners who specialize in health care innovation, including Deloitte. Harry Greenspun, MD, director, Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP, and author of Reingineering Healthcare: A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery, shares his advice for inventors. “Begin by addressing a process that doesn’t work well,” said Greenspun. “Rather than simply trying …

Creating a Better, Faster Ankle Rehabilitation Device

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Late in 2012, Scott Rogoff, a Doctor of Physical Therapy at St. Joseph Health’s St. Jude Medical Center, formulated a medical device that he felt could more effectively and conveniently help patients rehabilitate ankle injuries. He says he conceived of the idea after observing many of his patients struggle with performing specific strengthening techniques, resulting in slow or ineffective recovery. …

Earth Day Prayer – Climate Blessing

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We Hold the Earth We hold brothers and sisters who suffer from storms and droughts intensified by climate change. We hold all species that suffer. We hold world leaders delegated to make decisions for life. We pray that the web of life may be mended through courageous actions to limit carbon emissions. We pray for right actions for adaptation and …

The Innovation Institute Participates in Biola’s Startup Competition

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The Innovation Institute’s Executive Vice President Larry Stofko, who manages the Innovation Lab in Newport Beach, Calif., where health care ideas are incubated and developed, participated in Biola’s Startup Competition as a speaker and panelist on April 8, 2016. The Biola Startup Competition, a faith-based entrepreneurial initiative, was launched by the Crowell School of Business to accelerate startups across the breadth of …

Employee Service Awards

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On February 10, 2016, The Innovation Institute recognized employees for their years of service at the Third Annual Values Recognition & Service Awards Celebration, held at the Innovation Lab in Newport Beach. Below is the list of recipients. All have previous years from St. Joseph Health that they were able to transfer over to The Institute.

Third Annual Values Recognition Program Award Recipients

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The Innovation Institute’s annual Values Recognition Awards Program was created to help recognize and celebrate our core values and the people in our family of companies who exemplify them. Recognition of our fellow employees in the great work they do every day is a critical part of our culture. The three values we embrace are T for Teamwork, H for …

Turning Problems Into Products

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Here at The Innovation Institute, most of the ideas that our Innovation Lab has received have originated from a problem that someone wanted to solve, mostly within their own line of work. It often starts with the innovator thinking, “There must be a better way.” For example, Hoag Hospital Emergency Department physician, Eric Alcouloumre, MD, noticed that contaminated sharps—like scalpels and …

Innovation Lab Commercialization & Technology Director Ryan Kelly Shares Obstacles of Transformative Medtech

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Ryan Kelly, Director, Commercialization & Technology Transfer, has written this article for Design News about the path to medtech launch.  Medical device innovation has steadily progressed as our understanding of disease states has deepened. However, device development still faces significant challenges. From concept to commercialization, advancing medical devices through to commercialization is risky business. The “runway” before takeoff can easily …

Our Surfboard Mascots

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The Innovation Institute’s branding depicts the crashing waves of Southern California beaches with colors that represent the ocean. The waves also symbolize waves of innovation as well as faith, foresight, and flexibility. Surfboards help navigate waves, similar to how our Innovation Lab carefully navigates ideas submitted by our member owner physicians, nurses, and employees. Visitors to the Innovation Lab will …

The Innovation Institute Visits With New Member Owner Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

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(from left) Joe Randolph, President and CEO, The Innovation Institute poses for a photo with Mr. John Finan, President and CEO, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health (FMOL) System at their offices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The surfboard symbolizes the partnership between the two organizations that is focused on creating a sea change in healthcare innovation. Earlier in the day, The Innovation …

Leaders in Innovation Share Exponential Impacts of Collaboration

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Last month, The Innovation Institute facilitated a panel discussion on collaboration for health care innovation at the Cavendish Global Impact Forum, hosted by Cleveland Clinic in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit. The discussion focused on how collaboration can dramatically accelerate and scale the exponential impact of innovation. Panel members included: Barry Didato, Chief Investment Officer, The Innovation Institute, …

The Varied Paths to Healthcare Technology Success

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Larry Stofko has a new blog at CIO.com called Healthtech Corner. His first column delves into the variety of innovation models. He says, “Many hospital systems and health networks are investing in innovation to get access to new and better technologies that enhance and improve health care delivery. The innovation models they choose come in several forms, depending on which …

Healthcare Innovation Arbitrage Meets Real Estate

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By Barry Didato An interesting opportunity is emerging in the midst of the equities market chaos in China, the US, and elsewhere. As the healthcare industry evolves, spurred by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its emphasis on making healthcare more accessible, efficient, and patient-centric, so do the opportunities in healthcare real estate -especially for those with an inside track …

City of La Palma Mayor and Staff Visit The Innovation Institute

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Today, City of La Palma Mayor Peter L. Kim and his staff visited Joe Randolph, president & CEO of The Innovation Institute in La Palma and his leadership team. The mayor and his staff were also given a tour of the beautiful Institute offices in La Palma.

How Innovation Can Help Health Systems Tackle Big-Picture Delivery Issues

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Featured in Hospital Impact by Joe Randolph The Innovation Institute brings multiple health systems and like-minded partners together to collaborate on big-picture care delivery issues. “Prevention” is at the top of every list. It is also something all health systems can get in front of through innovation. More…

Physician, Inventor, Innovator, Collaborator and Business Partner

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Connie Bartlett, DO, is a pediatrician at St. Joseph Hospital and president of Heritage Medical Group, both in Orange, California. She has taken the time to observe what could be improved upon and she has taken action by submitting an invention idea to The Innovation Institute’s Innovation Lab in Newport Beach, California. She says that St. Joseph Health’s partnership with …

How Smart Entrepreneurs Make Innovation Look Easy

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Martin Zwilling, founder and CEO of Startup Professionals shares some insights on why some entreprenuers make innovation look easy. He shares Rowan Gibson’s four initiatives to breakthrough thinking and Thomas Edison’s eight-step process…. Why do a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, seem to come up with all the real innovations, while the majority of business leaders seem stuck …

Humor, The Best Medicine For Innovation

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Research shows that humor and laughter can produce many great benefits, including: Increased creativity and innovation; Improved problem-solving ability; Increased productivity; Healthy physical changes (boost energy and immune system, diminish pain and stress). Michael Kerr, a leading authority on fostering innovative workplace cultures, says that humor helps people play with ideas, lower their internal critic, and see things in new …

The Importance of Inspiring Daily Innovation Within Hospitals

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by Joe Randolph As president and CEO for The Innovation Institute, an incubator for healthcare ideas for hospital systems, I have the opportunity to meet regularly with hospital leaders. Many are dealing with significant challenges as they strive to manage rising costs while improving care. I empathize with their situation and suggest innovation as a solution and a different approach …