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Jump: A Central Hub for Innovation

blessing ceremonyOSF HealthCare held a dedication ceremony in celebration of the completion of OSF Innovation at Jump, a co-working environment that will be a central hub for creating solutions to health care’s most complex problems.

The $12 million project transformed the third and fourth floors into an open, shared workspace for a number of departments within OSF HealthCare, including OSF Ventures; Performance Improvement; TeleHealth; Healthcare Analytics; Translational Research; Jump Research; engineering and design teams and the Applied Research for Community Health Through Engineering and Simulation program (ARCHES).

Placing these teams under one roof is expected to promote collaboration across different disciplines to generate ideas, test them through simulation and rapidly deliver solutions to patients.

“For years, these teams have worked in silos, relying on email, phone calls and traveling long distances to work on projects and we realized this was an inefficient way to communicate,” said Becky Buchen, Vice President of Performance Improvement for OSF HealthCare. “This collaborative environment at Jump allows divisions to more easily interact with each other face-to-face, and integrates technology to be proactive in our approach to serving patients with the greatest care and love.”

The shared workspace is part of the overall OSF Innovation initiative geared toward leading the way in transforming health care. The initiative, launched in June, aims to employ a variety of approaches to innovation such as improving processes and functions to serve patients; mentoring, networking and partnering with external companies that are creating solutions to health care problems and improving outcomes and lowering costs through innovative medical training.

innovation space“There isn’t a space quite like this in the U.S. where cross-disciplinary teams can develop health care solutions, receive clinical input on their ideas and test them using simulation,” said Dr. John Vozenilek, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Simulation for Jump Simulation. “We see this convergence of disciplines and specialties as a necessity to change the face of health care.”

The development includes an open set of stairs connecting the two floors to help facilitate collaboration among divisions, 50 meeting rooms equipped with the latest teleconferencing and digital technologies and a café.

Approximately 60 tradesmen worked on the project with construction completed in July.

OSF HealthCare Unveils Innovation Strategy

Jump was the epicenter of activity last week when OSF HealthCare launched OSF Innovation, a new initiative to lead the way in transforming health care. The announcement took place at Discovery by Design: An OSF Innovation Event where leaders from companies around the U.S. spoke about the importance of innovation and human-centered design in health care.

Discovery by Design InnovationMore than 250 leaders from across the Ministry and other regional hospitals attended the event. A common message from speakers was that health care organizations launching innovation programs must be willing to step outside of their comfort zones, prototype new ideas and learn from failed designs to meet the needs of patients.

“Prototyping new solutions can help health care organizations learn what’s worth carrying to a larger scale,” said Natalie Nixon, Ph.D, Associate Professor, consultant and Director of Design at Philadelphia University. “Continued failure can make the testing process seem abysmal, but learning from those failures and pushing forward could lead to the solution you’ve been looking for.”

Nixon was among a number of leaders in innovation speaking at Discovery by Design. Others came from Mayo Clinic, Pfizer, Doblin Group, IIT Institute of Design, PLUG and PLAY and OSF. Ten technology and device companies also showcased their creative innovations to solve health care problems to attendees.

Creating a Culture of Innovation

The goal of the Discovery by Design event was to educate leaders across OSF and the communities served about the OSF Innovation strategy, and begin the process of building a culture where employees feel they have the ability and opportunity for change to benefit patients and their own co-workers.

Discovery by Design3“It’s important to know that making this transition is not a matter to be handled solely by leadership. The alliance of each Mission Partner and our community collaborators is essential to making the journey ahead a successful endeavor,” said Michelle Conger, Chief Strategy Officer for OSF HealthCare.

OSF Innovation Strategy

The strategy aims to employ a variety of approaches to innovation such as improving processes and functions to serve patients; mentoring, networking and partnering with external companies working on solutions to health care problems; and improving outcomes and lower costs through innovative medical training.

OSF has maintained its Mission of serving persons with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the gift of life for nearly 140 years. It is hoped the new Innovation strategy will ensure OSF will be relevant for decades to come.

Jump Shares Best Practices at IMSH

I’m continually amazed by my colleagues. They are truly passionate about their jobs and want to make the world a better place. They’re visionaries for what health care should be. Of course, it’s easy for me to have that opinion. I work with these people every day. But at a recent conference, I was able to see first hand how my co-workers compare among other thought-leaders in simulation.

Members of the Jump team recently traveled to San Diego to attend the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH). The annual conference is the largest gathering of simulation healthcare professionals in the world. It’s an event where more than 2500 leaders in simulation can learn best practices from each Dr. Lisa Barker presents the rating matrix at IMSH.other, find areas for collaboration, and hear about the latest industry-specific products.

More than a handful of Jump faculty and staff were chosen to make presentations at this gathering. It was exciting to see my co-workers in their element, passionately teaching others about the work they do every day.

It was a tremendous opportunity to converse with other IMSH attendees about their facilities and work, and in turn, share my insights from working at Jump. Dr. John Vozenilek was a frequent point of conversation. It was a surprise to me just how many people know our Chief Medical Officer. To those of us at Jump, “Voz” is our fearless leader with a vision. He’s down-to-earth, approachable, and can translate big and complicated ideas into simple concepts average people can understand.

And it wasn’t just “Voz” people were interested in discussing. I was able to watch a majority of the presentations my colleagues made, and I can’t count the number of times I overheard attendees discussing the great work taking place at Jump. It’s such an honor to work for such a well-respected entity in simulation.

IMSH Presentations

There were well over 100 workshops and presentations over the course of two days. Jump participated in a handful of these educational offerings. Curriculum Director, Dr. Lisa Barker, filled a room with people interested in learning more about how Jump prioritizes simulation curricula in a hands-on workshop. Dr. Barker was joined with Kelly Nimtz-Rusch, Executive Director of Nursing and Clinical Education for OSF HealthCare, to further discuss this topic in a podium presentation.

OSF Clinical Nurse Educator Toufic Khairallah and Dr. Elsa Vasquez Melendez from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria teamed up to give two poster presentations and a workshop. One poster focused on the importance and feasibility of setting up interprofessional simulations to deal with cardiac resuscitations. The other poster and workshop focused on using simulation to familiarize medical students and residents with diversity in healthcare.

“The population of the U.S. is continuing to grow in diversity,” said Vasquez Melendez. “We need to train our students to be able to approach people with different backgrounds, ideas, values, and beliefs. Being culturally aware will help decrease the gap between patients and providers.”

imsh2Vasquez Melendez said their workshop and poster presentation led to many attendees asking to collaborate on these issues. There were also another two poster presentations on the research taking place at Jump: the CVC and Procedural Sedation projects.

One of the last panel presentations at IMSH featured two Jump Simulation Specialists, Monica Sharick and Dustin Holzwarth. They were part of a panel of experts from around the world on in situ simulation. They discussed how Jump uses on-site simulations to find gaps in processes and improve patient care. There were more than 100 years of experience on the panel, but both Sharick and Holzwarth remained humble about being part of it.

“I feel like there’s always something we can learn from other experts, and I’m encouraged by that,” said Holzwarth. Sharick agreed, “We are blessed to be representing Jump.”


I’m still relatively new to the world of simulation – in fact, I’ll celebrate my one year anniversary with Jump in March. It was incredible to see my workplace held in such high regard throughout the industry.

This trip to San Diego validated my jaded point of view that everything my co-workers do is amazing and “cutting edge.” It makes me realize I’m part of an organization moving in the right direction to improve healthcare. I look forward to being part of that journey and sharing my colleagues’ stories in the future.