PRH's Center for Learning & Innovation Announced at First Annual Summit

Oct 30, 2013

Pullman Regional Hospital held its first annual Health Innovation Summit yesterday, including an evening event at the SEL Events Center in Pullman at which it announced the establishment of the Center for Learning & Innovation and a National Board of Advisors for the Center.

The Center for Learning & Innovation is one of Pullman Regional Hospital's newest major initiatives. The Center will serve as the catalyst for exploring alternative models of care delivery and prevention of illness. Specific areas of focus will be on population health, telemedicine, care coordination and navigation, computerized simulation training, patient education and continuing medical education. The mission is to provide more cost-effective methods to maintaining health and thereby decrease the cost of healthcare in the region.

At the Summit, Scott Adams, CEO of Pullman Regional Hospital, stated one of the goals is to identify and hire a director of the Center for Learning & Innovation in conjunction with the second annual 2014 Summit.

Seven members of the National Board of Advisors were introduced at the Summit. Adams said the objective of this board is to respond to the hospital's plans for innovation and to provide diverse points of view. "We will continue to recruit board members at a national level who are actively engaged in the thinking and work of healthcare innovation," he said.

National Board of Advisors members include:

  • Clint Cole, owner of Digilent Inc. in Pullman and instructor at Washington State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
  • Karl M. Hoover, principal of Karl Hoover & Associates and former Executive Director of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle.
  • Marilyn K. Klug, founder and president of Swiftwater Consulting in Clarkston, WA and former Regional Vice President of Strategy, Innovation & Development for Peacehealth Oregon region.
  • Judith Kolde, owner of Sanctuary Yoga, Barre and Dance Studio in Pullman and retired executive with Microsoft Corporation.
  • Samantha Ramsay, assistant professor and director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, University of Idaho School of Family & Consumer Sciences.
  • Michael Rask, senior vice president, Market Sales Leader & Pacific Northwest resident sales director for Aon Risk Solutions.
  • Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, professor of Clinical Psychology at Washington State University.

The Summit was attended by local physicians, hospital leaders, and friends of Pullman Regional Hospital and the Foundation. Circle of Friends donors were also recognized at the event. New physicians to Pullman Regional Hospital's medical staff were introduced and included Nigel Campbell, M.D. with Pullman-Moscow OB/GYN; and Keith Gautreaux, M.D. and Shaleah Jones, M.D., both with Pullman Family Medicine.

Marilyn Klug, a National Board of Advisors member and owner of Swiftwater Consulting, said she admires and embraces the vision of the hospital's leadership. "I am excited to participate in the proactive development of an innovative model of healthcare that aligns with the community and the patients this hospital serves."

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