October 10, 2019 | 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cleveland Medical Center, Rainbow Amphitheater

Featured Keynote Address: Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health



Started in 2008, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital recognized the opportunity to create to create a formal program for improving pediatric care. With the intent of harboring innovation and developing employee ideas on improving pediatric care, the First Annual Pediatric Innovation Day was developed. This mission was further enhanced in 2013 with the generous support of the Belcher and Weir families to create the Belcher-Weir Families Pediatric Innovation Day.

Now in its eleventh year and growing stronger every year, Pediatrics & Women’s Health Innovation Day has grown to include a keynote from a nationally renowned speaker, pitches from some of the most cutting edge startups, and recognition of the innovators within Pediatrics and Women’s Health that are committed to advancing patient care to new limits. This year, Innovation Day is looking for University Hospitals employees who have an idea that fall within the categories of (1) Culture of Care: Magnification, Unification, and Translation; (2) Improving Hospital Productivity; and Clinical Tools: Pediatrics & Women’s Health (medical devices, diagnostics, health IT) that can improve the outcomes of our patients. These focus areas are described in more detail below.



Sara Vaezy is the Chief Digital Strategy and Business Development Officer at Providence St. Joseph Health. Sara Vaezy leads the development of the digital strategy and roadmap, digital partnerships and business development, and technology evaluation and pilots at PSJH. Prior to PSJH, she worked for The Chartis Group, a healthcare management consulting firm, where she focused on enterprise strategic planning, payer-provider partnerships, and the development of population health companies. Sara holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in Physics and Philosophy and an MHA and MPH in Healthcare Policy from The University of Washington’s School of Public Health.


The deadline to submit is September 27, 2019. The submission form can be found here.

The top three submissions will receive $5,000 to further develop, protect, commercialize and implement their idea and the opportunity to present their idea at the 11th Annual Belcher-Weir Family Pediatric Innovation Day on October 10th. Ideas can be submitted which are in any level of development, and do not need to be long, complex or fully developed. All submitted ideas will be reviewed by UH Ventures and our hospital leaders and the top ideas will be awarded with funds to help further develop the proposed idea.


The below themes have been identified as distinct areas of opportunities for innovation at Rainbow. We ask that all ideas align to one of the below focus areas.

  1. Culture of Care: Magnification, Unification, & Translation: One of the hospital’s strategic goals is to magnify the cultures of the women and children’s service lines at UH. To this end, how might we use innovative mechanisms to identify the unique strengths of these services? How might we unify these assets into a culture that current and future patients will seek for a differentiated care experience? And finally, how might we translate our distinct culture to our everyday interactions with our patients?
  2. Improving Hospital Productivity: For much of healthcare, increasing productivity is associated with working at unsustainable levels. What has often been overlooked is the use of better processes and technologies to improve the ways we deliver effective and efficient care with a fully engaged workforce. As described in Health Affairs earlier this year, Dr. Peter Pronovost, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at UH identified the following areas as particularly ripe for innovation to improve productivity:  (1) Managing the Last Feet of the Supply Chain; (2) Converting Human Double Check of Medications to Electronic; (3) Eliminating False Alarms, (4) Minimizing Human Documentation; and (5) Decreasing Time to Submit and Process Claims. How might we identify and execute on the opportunities to drive productivity in our hospitals?
  3. Clinical Tools : Pediatrics & Women’s Health: Better patient outcomes has always the primary goal of Rainbow and MacDonald. How might we develop new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat conditions in our patient population? This can be an improvement to a pre-existing treatment method, the development of a new device or tool, or simply a new way to better care for women and our smallest patients.


Below are a few tools that the UH Ventures team created to help your innovation submission stand out from the rest. You can find all of our resources here.

  • UH Ventures Health Voyagers Podcast Series: 3 Tips for Making your Innovation Submission Stand Out. LISTEN
  • UH Ventures Innovation Handbooks: Sharing your Idea with UH Ventures. DOWNLOAD


Need help? Contact one of the following UH Ventures team members or our general email address at Ideas@UHhospitals.org.

Kip Lee, Managing Director, UH Ventures

Matthew Zenker, Lead Innovation Strategist

University Hospital Ventures

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