Second Annual FCVC’s Innovation Challenge Scheduled

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Submission process starts Aug. 1

Following the great success of the initial Frankel Cardiovascular Center (FCVC) Clinical Innovation Challenge last December, the FCVC is pleased to announce that the second annual Innovation Challenge Event will take place on Oct. 26, with the submission process opening on August 1.  The purpose of the Challenge is to give every person, regardless of their affiliation, an opportunity to submit ideas to make improvements within the FCVC, with a particular emphasis on improving the quality of care for FCVC patients.

Last year, 36 unique ideas and proposals were submitted, five finalists selected and a dedicated group of the FCVC’s ICU nurses and technicians, along with members of the physical therapy department, were the first winners.  The team’s vision of helping to facilitate increased mobility for patients in the CVICU is well under way with an award of $100,000 which was used to purchase 18 Livengood Mobility Aides.

Everyone—advisors, patients, families, physicians, nurses, front line administrative staff—is invited to take part in the 2017 Innovation Challenge.  The submission process will open on August 1 and close on August 31.  Five finalists will again be selected to present their “Shark Tank” pitches at the Challenge Event on Oct. 26.

The FCVC hopes you will be considering your own ideas and then watch for the launch of the submission process on August 1.  For more information, contact Jamie Beach at jamiemh@med.umich.edu or visit the Innovation Challenge website.

By Diane Drago, PFCC Advisor

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