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 the 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.


Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
The 5th Annual Nursing Innovation Summit will take place at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, the new Huntington Convention Center is near the shores of Lake Erie. The adjacent 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.

Huntington Convention Center
300 Lakeside Ave E
Cleveland, Ohio 44113


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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 or Schedule a Reservation 
Rate: $124.00 per night (single occupancy). Double occupancy or more available.

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation

Planning Committee


  • Lee Anne Siegmund, PhD, RN, CEP, Nurse Scientist I
    Office of Nursing Research and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic main campus.


  • Joyce Arand, MS, CNS, RNC, NEA-BC, Director of Nursing, Women and Children’s Services, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
  • Esther Bernhofer, PhD, RN-BC, CPE, Nurse Scientist II
    Office of Nursing Research and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic main campus
  • Kathy Burns, DNP, APRN, CNS, CEN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital
  • Donielle Finding, RN, MSN, MBA, Nurse Manager, Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital
  • Margie Hubman, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Clinical Nursing Director
    Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, Head and Neck Institute and Respiratory Institute, Cleveland Clinic main campus
  • Nelita Iuppa, DNP, MS, BSN, NEA-BC, RN-BC, FHIMSS
    Associate Chief Nursing Officer – Office of Nursing Informatics, Cleveland Clinic main campus
  • Amanda Karel, Innovations Manager, Nursing Institute, Cleveland Clinic main campus
  • Elsie Solomon, RN, CPN, Clinical Nurse, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
  • Sarah A. Stamp, M.B.A., General Manager, Administration and Operations, Innovations, Cleveland Clinic main campus
  • Susan I. Wilson, RN, BSN, CCRN, NE-BC, Nurse Manager
    Surgical Intensive Care Units, Cleveland Clinic main campus
  • Mary Winters, BSN, RN, CCRN, Assistant Nurse Manager, ICU and Medical, Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital


Sandra J Davidson
Sandra Davidson, PhD, RN, University of Alberta
Dr. Sandra Davidson is Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Alberta, and one of the developers of the Master of Healthcare Innovation degree program at Arizona State University. Dr. Davidson is also lead author and editor of Leadership in Evidence-based Innovation in Nursing and Healthcare (2016), which was named Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing.

Kathryn Bowles
Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kathryn Bowles is van Ameringen Professor of Nursing Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania and the Vice president and Director of Home Care Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service in New York. Dr. Bowles leads an innovative program of research in information, science and technology. She is also co-founder of RightCare Solutions, a software company recently acquired by Navihealth, a Cardinal Health Company.

Invited Speakers

Dan Fronczak | Cleveland Clinic
Daniel Fronczak, is co-founder and President of Healthy Roster, a company that provides an online platform that allows athletic trainers, parents, coaches and providers to effectively communicate about student athlete injuries and readiness to return to sports. Prior to founding Healthy Roster, Dan was able to translate his experience in television sports broadcasting into a leadership role at Digital Scout, a sports app company.

Christine Meehan | Cleveland Clinic
Christine Meehan, MEd, BSN, RN, is Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut School of Nursing where she teaches the nursing innovation process and entrepreneurship. Her career includes stints as a clinical nurse in oncology, clinical monitor in a medical device company and CEO of her own medical device company. She is also an active angel investor in medical device companies started by women.

Tami Wyatt | Cleveland Clinic
Tami Wyatt, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN
, is the Associate Dean of Research and Torchbearer Professorship of Nursing at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. Dr. Wyatt has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and private corporations for her work with technology and health education. She is also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow and co-owner and president of Academic Technology Innovations.

Sue Stabe | Cleveland Clinic
Sue Stabe is 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.

Dean Ilijasic | Cleveland Clinic
Dean Ilijasic, is 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. Dean has a passion for combining the art and science of marketing to deliver solutions for clients based on insights.

Richard Wesorick | Cleveland Clinic
Richard Wesorick, JD, is Managing Partner for 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.

Jon Morgan | Cleveland Clinic
Jonathan Morgan is the Director of Emerging Experiences for Balance Inc., a product design and strategic innovation consultancy located in Cleveland, Ohio. With nearly 20 years of experience in technology and human-centered design, Jonathan specializes in uncovering and capitalizing on opportunities for innovation. He has worked with some of the world's most iconic brands including Cleveland Clinic Innovations, IBM, Samsung, Panasonic, Moen and Adobe.

Inventors and Innovators

  • Christina Canfield, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-E, eHospital program manager, Nursing Institute, Cleveland Clinic
  • John Tote, MSN, RN, CCRN, Nurse Manager II, Cardiovascular ICUs – J64 & J65, eHospital Program & Central Monitoring Unit, Cleveland Clinic
  • Meredith Foxx, MSN, MBA, APRN, Executive Director, Associate Chief Nursing Officer- Advanced Practice Nursing, Cleveland Clinic
  • Anne Vanderbilt, MSN, CNS, CNP, Clinical Nurse Specialist, APRN Director, Cleveland Clinic
  • Stephanie Shimko-Lin, RN, Clinical Analyst II, Clinical Systems Office, Information Tech Division, Cleveland Clinic
  • Nelita Iuppa, DNP, MS, BSN, NEA-BC, RN-BC, FHIMSS, Associate Chief Nursing Officer – Office of Nursing Informatics, Cleveland Clinic
  • Alicia Burkle, BSB, Telehealth Outcome Coordinator, eHospital, Cleveland Clinic


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, CEP
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, main campus.
8:15 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. Opening remarks
K. Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Chief Executive Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic Health System & Chief Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic, main campus.
8:25 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. The Art and Science of Evidence-Based Innovation
Sandra Davidson, PhD, RN (University of 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
Jonathan 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)
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 (University of Connecticut)
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
Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI (University of Pennsylvania) - 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 (Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP)
Tami Wyatt, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN (University of Tennessee-Knoxville)
Christine Meehan, BSN, MA (University of Connecticut)
Alicia Burkle, BSB & John Tote, MSN, RN, CCRN (eCentral Monitoring Unit)
Christian Burchill, PhD, RN, CEN (Moderator)
4:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closing comments and Raffle
Lee Anne Siegmund, PhD, RN, CEP
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, CEP at siegmul@ccf.org.
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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, CEP at siegmul@ccf.org or 216.445.3457 for more information.


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