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Celebrating The Opening of MATTER

“I don’t think that word means what you think it means.”

MATTER Ribbon Cutting | Image courtesy of Sean Su, Daily Northwestern

Image courtesy of Sean Su, Daily Northwestern

A classic quote from the [gulp] 1987 movie, “The Princess Bride.” Here referencing the word, “inconceivable.” As an aside, its a favorite film. One of the characters constantly refers to items he is seeing with his own eyes as “inconceivable.”

After a time another states, “I don’t think that word means what you think it means.”   I feel the same way about the word innovation.

Today we use the word “innovation” to describe a tremendous number of themes. New ideas, new technology, new ways of thinking, and so forth seem to be covered by the term.

Regardless of your definition, I think its safe to assume we all believe that “innovation” is essentially about doing something new – something that makes a difference.

MATTER – making a difference

On Friday, I was delighted to be witness to the celebration of MATTER Chicago. Our local press covered the event’s press release as did the Chicago media. The presenter list included our Governor, a US Senator, the Mayor of Chicago, and the head of the American Medical Association among other notables. Also in attendance was Sister Diane Marie McGrew, O.S.F., President of OSF HealthCare.

Sister Diane Marie, Michelle Conger, Chief Strategy Officer for OSF HealthCare, and our team were there to celebrate as Founding Partners of MATTER. I was so proud to be a member of the OSF family and to see our Ministry leader (in Franciscan habit, mind you) in support of innovation in health care.

So often Catholic health care is seen for what it is not. Here is an example of what it is and can be. Catholic health care can do the important work of ensuring access to care and love to all those in need. Catholic health care is smart and fast -paced, and most importantly, it makes a difference – it matters.

Sister standing in front of sign "We're here to build heroic new businesses to improve people's lives. To inspire change. To embrace experimentation. To do something that matters." OSF with Jump is helping the innovators at MATTER make a difference by providing an active simulation space within the MATTER offices. Our team will contribute our unique know-how in a new way that allows others to design and build solutions for patient care access, testing, communication, etc., etc.

This is a great moment reminding us that through collaboration and innovation, we are able to make a difference in people’s lives.  I think that is what MATTER means.






Top 5 Blogs of 2014

It’s been an exciting year at Jump. As our first full calendar year comes to a close, let’s take a look back on our most viewed blogs of 2014.

1. Female Creativity Spans Our Halls

Written on July 9, 2014 by Stephanie Franks

female-engineersSabeen Admani and three female interns were all eager to offer advice for young girls entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In fact, Jump is a proud host of the area’s first 4G STEM Camp on July 14, a day camp for 30 seventh and eighth grade girls in the Peoria area to explore careers and opportunities in STEM fields.

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One Year Anniversary Infographic2. Education, Research, Innovation

Written on April 30, 2014 by John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP

Fifty-five thousand learning experiences – 55,000! – have occurred at Jump since we opened a year ago. More than 210 on average every day. Each of the last 365 days, our team has geared up to deliver on the Jump Vision & the Mission of OSF HealthCare & the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria. It is joyful work, really, and we are a great team. Not every day has been easy.

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3. Harnessing Technology to Improve Health Care

Written on January 14, 2014 by Matthew Warrens

This past October, our team partnered with Hewlett Packard in an attempt to demonstrate the impact of technology on health care. The result was a four-minute video, which Hewlett Packard is using to help educate consumers about the new products in its Continuum of Care line. It was an incredible experience to pull together the many ways technology improves health care in the four short days of filming.

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4. Pediatric Heart Specialists Reveal 3D Medical Advances

Written on November 30, 2013 by John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP

3D Printed HeartThere is so much to give thanks for. One of the greatest features, and one that I rank very highly about working at Jump, is the atmosphere of collaboration.

Drs. Bramlet and Welke, two top-notch physicians, came together for our inaugural Community Symposium to describe to an audience of 60 community leaders the use of advanced 3D medical imaging and technology in the service of the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. It filled me with pride to see how Jump has found a new way to advance the medical care of children with complex and life-threatening cardiovascular problems.  And it was totally unexpected.

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5. Why Not Invite Disney Institute to Work?

Written on July 15, 2014 by Sarah K. Johnson

Disney Institute is coming to PeoriaFor my Make-a-Wish dream 11 years ago, I chose to go to Walt Disney World. So, it’s easy to say that Disney has always had a special place in my heart. I was 17-years-old and a childhood survivor of pediatric cancer (Philadelphia Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), when I decided to take my trip.

So, what does my medical history have to do with Jump? Ironically, the tables are about to turn as Disney Institute is making its way to Peoria.

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