About the Nursing Innovation Summit

Nursing innovation is often the catalyst to creating value in healthcare; value that improves patient outcomes and healthcare costs.

  • Nurses must lead the creation of innovative solutions that keep pace with a constantly changing healthcare environment.
  • Nurses are at the frontline of healthcare delivery, and can take the lead in transforming patient care.

During the 5th Annual Nursing Innovation Summit, innovation experts will discuss the following themes:

  • The importance of nursing innovation for transformational care
  • The art and science of innovation
  • Business opportunities and healthcare innovation
  • Success stories and challenges of innovation
  • Cultivating ideas for creative solutions

Who Should Attend?

The Nursing Innovation Summit is intended for all nurses, no matter your work role or job title.

Conference Outcomes:

  1. Identify resources, stakeholders, and behaviors that advance nursing innovation and entrepreneurship.
  2. Discuss the role of nursing innovation for solving healthcare problems.
  3. Describe the meaning of nursing innovation for transformational care.


Monday, October 23, 2017
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Global Center for Health Innovation
The Global Center for Health Innovation is the only facility in the world that displays the future of health and healthcare presented on four themed floors. The Global Center will serve health and health care innovation, technology, education and commerce through state-of-the-art spaces, programs and virtual offerings. The Global Center also contains an 11,000-square-foot, column-free junior ballroom, suitable for meetings, presentations and dining.

Huntington Convention Center
1 St. Clair Ave. NE
Cleveland, Ohio 44114


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Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, the Cleveland Convention Center has more than 12,000 parking spaces within a 15-minute radius, including two large parking decks within one block of the Lakeside Avenue entrance. Valet parking is available at the Global Center.


Hyatt Regency Cleveland At The Arcade
420 Superior Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44114
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A block of rooms will be held until October 2, 2017.
Reservations:  Call 1.800.633.7313 or 216.575.1234
Rate: $124.00 per night

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation


Cleveland Clinic Speakers:

  • K. Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Chief Executive Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic Health System & Chief Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic, main campus
    A Cleveland Clinic veteran for more than 21 years, Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. She is responsible for overseeing nursing practice, development and education in inpatient, rehabilitation and home care fields. Kelly also leads the daily nursing activity and long-term strategy for Cleveland Clinic’s main campus location.
  • Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, Associate Chief Nursing Officer-Research and Innovation & Clinical Nurse Specialist-Kaufman Center for Heart Failure, Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Health System
    Nancy has led Nursing Research and Innovation at Cleveland clinic for over 11 years. She mentors nurses in creativity and innovative thinking and has implemented processes to incorporate novel solutions throughout the health system.
  • Christian Burchill, PhD, RN, Nurse Scientist II, Office of Nursing Research and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic Health System
    Chris’ program of research is in teamwork and violence in the healthcare setting and he has produced many published works on his research throughout his career. In addition to actively conducting research, Chris mentors clinical nursing staff in the innovation process moving ideas to implementation.
  • Lee Anne Siegmund PhD, RN, CEP, Nurse Scientist I, Office of Nursing Research and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic Health System
    Lee Anne’s program of research is in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Metabolic Syndrome. She has published work on adherence to Cardiac Rehabilitation and readmissions and is currently working on novel technology-based approaches to improving outcomes. Lee Anne mentors nurses in research and innovation and currently chairs the planning committee for the Nursing Innovation Summit.

Invited Speakers:

  • Sandra Davidson PhD, RN, University of Albert 
  • Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, University of Pennsylvania
    Kathryn Bowles
    Dr. Kathryn Bowles is the vanAmeringen Professor in Nursing Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Vice President and Director of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Dr. Bowles leads an innovative program of research in information science and technology that improves care for older adults in hospital and homecare. Her research led to the development of the Discharge Decision Support System and the co-founding of RightCare Solutions, a software company recently acquired by NaviHealth, a Cardinal Health Company
  • Daniel Fronczak, Healthy Roster
  • Christine Meehan, RN, MA, University of Connecticut
    Christine W. Meehan, BSN, MAEd, Entrepreneur in Residence, Adjunct Professor, Angel Investor, Former CEO. Christine’s career path has taken her from Hematology/Oncology nursing to a clinical monitor in a medical device startup in 1980. She rose through the ranks of several companies to Product Manager, Director of Marketing, VP, and eventually CEO of her own medical device company. She successfully funded and divested her company, then becoming an angel investor in other women owned medical device companies. Christine returned to her Alma Mater, UConn School of Nursing, as an Adjunct Professor in 2012 and now as Entrepreneur in Residence to teach nursing innovation process and entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Tami Wyatt, PhD, RN, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Sue Stabe of The Long and the Short of it
    Sue Stabe, co-founder of Long & Short of It. Sue is a market research, consumer insights and strategic planning professional with over 20 years of experience leading insights teams at companies like KeyBank, American Greetings and Adcom. Known for continually asking “why,” Sue is most at home talking with individuals and groups about their brand experiences. When she’s not working, Sue spends time serving on the board of the JD Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • Dean Ilijasic of The Long and the Short of it
    Dean Ilijasic, co-founder of Long & Short of It. Dean brings over two decades of marketing, strategic planning, and innovation experience. He has held senior level positions within JPMorgan Chase, Visa, American Express, and KeyBank here in Cleveland. Through his background, Dean has a passion for combining the art and science of marketing to deliver solutions for clients based on insights. Dean donates whatever is left from his spare time by serving on the board of the Cleveland International Film Festival, a mentor with College Now Greater Cleveland, and as an advisory board member with Values In Action.
  • Richard Wesorick JD, Managing Partner, Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP
    Rich is a widely recognized patent attorney with clients ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 100 companies. His practice focuses on drafting, filing and prosecuting mechanical and biomedical device application. Rich serves as Cleveland Clinic in-house patent counsel where he advises staff on patent strategy, presents intellectual property seminars, and leads the invention review committee.
  • Jonathan Morgan, Balance Director of Emerging Experiences at Balance Inc. Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Inventors and Innovators:

  • Christina Canfield, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-E
  • John Tote , MSN, RN, CCRN
  • Meredith Foxx, MSN, MBA, APRN
  • Anne Vanderbilt, MSN, CNS, CNP
  • Suzanne Fink, MSN, RN, CCRN
  • Stephanie Shimko-Lin, RN
  • Nelita Iuppa, DNP, MS, BSN, NEA-BC RN-BC, FHIMSS
    Associate Chief Nursing Officer – Office of Nursing Informatics
  • Alicia Burkle


Monday, October 23 Conference Agenda
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Welcome
Lee Anne Siegmund PhD, RN & Nancy Albert PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN
8:15 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. Opening remarks
K. Kelly Hancock DNP, RN, NE-BC
8:25 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. The Art and Science of Evidence-Based Innovation
Sandra Davidson PhD, RN (Univ Alberta)- KEYNOTE
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Break and Visit Exhibitors
9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Information Technology Innovations Panel Discussion
Jon Morgan (Balance), Christina Canfield MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-E & John Tote MSN, RN, CCRN (eICU), Meredith Foxx MSN, MBA, APRN & Anne Vanderbilt MSN, CNS, CNP (Smart book project), Suzanne Fink MSN, RN, CCRN & Stefanie Shimko-Lin RN (Behavioral Health Solution), & Nelita Iuppa DNP, MS, BSN, NEA-BC RN-BC, FHIMSS (Moderator)
10:50 p.m. - 11:50 a.m. The Business of Healthcare Innovation
Daniel Fronczak (Healthy Roster) & Christine Meehan BSN, MA (UCONN)
11:50 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Raffle and Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. From Clinical Question to Business Opportunity
Katherine Bowles PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI (UPENN) - KEYNOTE
1:50 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. Break - visit Exhibitors
2:05 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. How to Innovate Anywhere, Anytime
Sue Stabe & Dean Ilijasic (The Long and the Short of It)
3:05 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Inventor is IN Panel Discussion
Rich Wesorick (patent law), Tami Wyatt PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN (UT-Knoxville), Christine Meehan BSN, MA (UCONN), Alicia Burkle & John Tote MSN, RN, CCRN (CMU), & Christian Burchill PhD, RN, CEN (Moderator)
4:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closing comments and Raffle
Lee Anne Siegmund PhD, RN
4:30 p.m. Adjourn


Nursing contact hours will be awarded. Cleveland Clinic Enterprise is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.



  • There will not be registration on the day of conference.
  • Registration money cannot be refunded.
  • A continental breakfast and a lunch buffet will be provided.
  • For questions about registration, email Lee Anne Siegmund PhD, RN, siegmul@ccf.org.
  • Register Now!
Conference Fees Rates Before September 30, 2017 Rates After September 30, 2017
Cleveland Clinic Employee $70 $70
Non-Cleveland Clinic Employee $249 $269
Group Discount (6 or more) $229 $259
Exhibitors & Vendors

Exhibitors & Vendors

Exhibitors and vendors are welcome.
Please contact Lee Anne Siegmund PhD, RN at siegmul@ccf.org or 216.445.3457 for more information.

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