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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.

Making a Smooth Transition for Advanced Practice Providers

Transitioning into a new role is difficult for any clinician. Role transition is well documented as a phenomenon that induces stress, anxiety and lack of self-confidence. Some Advanced Practice Providers, the term collectively used for Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) and Physician Assistants (PA), have been experts in their previous roles either as a nurse or other clinical position and now enter the role as an APN or PA with increased responsibility and job demands.


Advanced Practice Providers have achieved graduate level education resulting in a master’s or doctoral degree with a requirement to maintain board certification. Formal education prepares them to tackle many patient cases. As they transition into their role, mentorship and ongoing clinical education are important for success. OSF HealthCare wants to support and challenge its APPs to achieve excellence, and therefore, is committed to building innovative programs to support ongoing education. In an effort to accelerate role transition and improve outcomes, post-graduate fellowships are an emerging trend.

OSF, with the help of Jump, has launched a 12-month Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship for newly minted Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants specializing in primary care that will better transition them for entry into practice. It’s the first of its kind in Illinois and among a small group training APNs and PAs side by side.

Four Advanced Practice Nurses and one Physician Assistant hired by OSF will participate in the inaugural program.

A Growing Demand for Primary Care

The Health Resources and Services Administration estimates a shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians by 2020 while demand is expected to increase 14%. Like many other healthcare institutions, OSF is transforming its model of care to better meet this need.

Training Advanced Practice Providers to work at the highest levels of their licensure and abilities is one way OSF will absorb the increased requirement for care in a cost-efficient manner, and alleviate the physician shortage across the system.

Studies indicate a large proportion of primary care can be delivered safely and effectively by Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants. This allows Physicians to focus on more complex patient needs, providing better quality of care overall.

Our incoming APPs have the education to take on their expanding role in healthcare. We just have to give them the tools to transition into that role seamlessly.

The OSF Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship program builds on the experience new APPs have through in-seat and simulation-based education once a week. The other four days a week are dedicated to pairing APPs with experienced providers who will mentor them through the transition to practice process. There will be formal evaluation processes in place to ensure learning objectives are being met. In addition, the practitioners will journal their experiences as they go through this program.

The fellowship will ultimately educate APPs to think critically through challenges they’ll face when evaluating, treating, and managing patients. It will provide the opportunity for learners to work on interprofessional and interdisciplinary teams and present them with cases they may have had limited experience on in their formal education.

Advanced Practice Providers

Four of the five Fellows selected to be part of the inaugural OSF Advanced Practice Primary Care Fellowship. (From left) Catherine Bachtold, APN, FNP (OSF Medical Group-Pontiac); Susan Wolf, APN, FNP (OSF Medical Group-Metamora); Caitlin Engels-Arteaga, PA-C (OSF-Mendota); and Meghan Weber, APN, FNP (OSF Medical Group-Kewanee). Not pictured: Andrew Tharp, APN, FNP (OSF Medical Group-Bloomington)

Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants completing the program will be confident in their clinical and professionals skills and understand how the care they provide impacts the key results of OSF HealthCare.

This is Just the Beginning

The immediate needs of our future as a healthcare system requires the OSF Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship to focus on primary care. However, as we build and learn from the first cohort, our intention is to expand the program to include multiple sub-specialties such as neurology.

We hope to open the fellowship to any APP across the country in the future, not just those recruited into our system.

For now, we believe the program will be a great tool to recruit the best and brightest to OSF. It shows our commitment to better integrating APPs into the system and demonstrates that we have a process for them to become successful in their roles.

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.