About

UH Ventures is solving for the future of University Hospitals and the future of healthcare. We identify, develop, and deploy the most disruptive and creative innovations that originate from within University Hospitals as well as from organizations all over the world.

UH Ventures was built to draw on the historic and current strengths of University Hospitals to pursue the innovative opportunities that will drive definitive, sustainable, and scalable value to the way we care for our patients.

We do this through two platforms: (1) Our Operations Platform, which includes the oversight and potentialization of existing UH verticals including Specialty Pharmacy, Post-acute and Home Care, Lab Services, and others; and our (2) Ventures & Innovations Platform, which

stands up a variety of opportunities that can play a vital role in the overall future of healthcare in the realms of Clinical Tools, Business Services & Infrastructure, Population Health, and Consumer Centric Care.

This two-pronged approach, combined with our diverse team of innovators, our comprehensive process and toolkit, and our wide-ranging portfolio of projects enable us to take the risks needed to deliver value and vitality for our hospital, our patients, and our community.

UH Ventures was built to draw on the historic and current strengths of University Hospitals to pursue the innovative opportunities that will drive definitive, sustainable, and scalable value to the way we care for our patients.

We do this through two platforms: (1) Our Operations Platform, which includes the oversight and potentialization of existing UH verticals including Specialty Pharmacy, Post-acute and Home Care, Lab Services, and others; and our (2) Ventures & Innovations Platform, which stands up a variety of opportunities that can play a vital role in the overall future of healthcare in the realms of Clinical Tools, Business Services & Infrastructure, Population Health, and Consumer Centric Care.

This two-pronged approach, combined with our diverse team of innovators, our comprehensive process and toolkit, and our wide-ranging portfolio of projects enable us to take the risks needed to deliver value and vitality for our hospital, our patients, and our community.

 

 

 

 

What Makes Us Different

1. Sustainable Structure


UH Ventures was formed to steadily and effectively pursue opportunities to transform healthcare both today and tomorrow via its Operations and Ventures & Innovations platforms.

2. Wide-ranging Portfolio


We pursue a variety of opportunities of all stages and sources in our Business Optimization verticals and Innovation strategic themes.

3. Practical Process & Unique Tools:


UH Ventures streamlines the identification, development, and deployment of the most promising opportunities. We also work from a shared set of unique design-thinking tools to stimulate ideas and create actionable strategies.

4. Eclectic & Diverse Team:


Our collective resume, consisting of experience 
from both inside and outside of the healthcare ecosystem, demonstrates a distinct ability to work across numerous domains, think creatively, and achieve results.

 

Our Team

Eric Beck, DO, MPH

President, UH Ventures

Eric Beck, DO, MPH

President, UH Ventures

Dr. Eric Beck started his career as a firefighter and paramedic after graduating high school, while attending John Carroll University, where he also founded the university’s Department of Emergency Medical Services and trained other students to provide emergency medical response on campus. While attending the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Beck served as a volunteer firefighter in Athens County and as an instructor for the Southeast Ohio EMS District. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and holds a Master of Public Health degree in outcomes performance management for population health from Loyola University. He has served as Medical Director for the City of Chicago, practiced medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and most recently served as Integrated Delivery Chief Executive Officer of Envision Healthcare and President and CEO of Evolution Health; and was President and CEO for the University of north Texas Health Science Center clinical enterprise. Dr. Beck has been recognized for his clinical and administrative accomplishments. In 2017, he was named among the Top 10 Up and Coming Industry Leaders in Managed Care by Managed Healthcare Executive, and in 2016, he was one of 12 recipients of Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comers Award, given annually to rising leaders under the age of 40. Prior to coming to UH, Dr. Beck and his team were known nationally for building new models of team-based delivery that make healthcare more efficient and effective, and offer patients and providers a better experience.

 

Eric.Beck@UHhospitals.org

Sam Brown

Vice President, Operations

Sam Brown

Vice President, Operations

Prior to joining UH, Sam Brown was Associate Vice President of Medical Operations and Logistics at Evolution Health, where he led the launch of CAD initiatives in mobile integrated health. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College.  Sam began his professional career at Pickands Mather Group (PMG), which provides market development, research, and sales and logistical support for companies consuming or producing coal and related products. Over his eight years at PMG, Mr. Brown grew to the role of Director of Sales & Marketing. He also served as a founding partner for PM Data Services, which emerged through the success experienced in identifying, developing, and deploying innovative solutions for the customers of the PMG. Sam has been a firefighter and paramedic for many years.

 

Sam.Brown@UHhospitals.org

Champ Burgess

Vice President, Operations

Champ Burgess

Vice President, Operations

Champ Burgess serves as Vice President, with oversight responsibilities that include building best in class Pharmacy Operations as new enterprises within UH Ventures. Champ came to UH with a proven and impressive track record in healthcare and business development. His previous experiences include creating business operations that improved service delivery, reduced costs and maximized reimbursement for large health systems. Champ earned his Doctor of Pharmacy at UNC Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration at East Carolina University.

 

Henry.BurgessIII@UHhospitals.org

Daniel Connor

Director, Business Development & Sales

Daniel Connor

Director, Business Development & Sales

Prior to joining UH, Dan worked in different corporate settings and functions ranging from marketing leadership at a major CPG company to business development and corporate strategy at a diverse global manufacturer and most recently, national population health management company. Dan graduated from The Ohio State University with a BSBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and from Duke University’s, Fuqua School of Business with an MBA.

 

Daniel.Connor@UHhospitals.org

Christopher Hart

Lead Innovation Strategist

Christopher Hart

Lead Innovation Strategist

As a life-long designer, Chris enjoys solving problems creatively, which requires balancing a vision of the future with understanding business realities. He currently supports innovation efforts within UH Ventures, where he leverages his diverse background outside of healthcare to put the patient at the center of the experience. Chris is also an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University ’s Weatherhead School of Management.

 

Christopher.Hart@UHhospitals.org

Kipum Lee

Managing Director

Kipum Lee

Managing Director

Kip leads the design thinking efforts and creative work done through UH Ventures. Early in his career, he was part of the team at frog design that produced a mobile service around HIV awareness and self-testing in South Africa that was hailed by The Economist as “the world’s largest field trial in mobile health technology.” He also helped plan and lead the design of Marriott Mobile, which debuted at number four in the iTunes App Store and shortly went on to become the third largest in mCommerce after Amazon and Apple. Kip graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BAS in biomedical sciences and from Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters in Interaction Design. He is currently wrapping up his PhD in Management at Case Western Reserve University and serves as one of the editors of the journal, Design Issues, published by MIT Press.

 

Kip.Lee@UHhospitals.org

Sarah Mihalik

Managing Director

Sarah Mihalik

Managing Director

Sarah is a Business Development leader within the UH Ventures Team. She has a deep commitment to healthcare innovation. As a strategic and creative healthcare professional, she has led the development and execution of new business models to help clients improve business results and foster collaborative relationships that drive sustainable value. Prior to joining UH Ventures, Sarah has enjoyed a 20-year career in healthcare in both early-stage and Fortune 500 companies in healthcare information technology, manufacturing, and distribution. Sarah graduated from The Ohio State with a B.S. in Microbiology.

 

Sarah.Mihalik2@UHhospitals.org

Biraj Patel

Portfolio Manager

Biraj Patel

Portfolio Manager

Biraj supports both the Innovation & Commercialization and Business Optimization platforms at UH Ventures. He is experienced in healthcare strategy and business plan development and has worked in a variety of hospitals and health systems. Biraj has a B.S. in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Health Administration from Texas A&M University. He completed his administrative fellowship at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

 

Biraj.Patel@UHhospitals.org

Jonathan Sague

Vice President, Operations

Jonathan Sague

Vice President, Operations

Jonathan Sague, BSN, CNP, earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green State University, and Master of Science in Nursing, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Case Western Reserve University, where he is also currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Research and Leadership. He has been a firefighter and paramedic since high school, which has helped to shape his career path and his vision. Mr. Sague began his nursing career at the Cleveland Clinic first as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in Cardiothoracic Surgery/Anesthesia, and then as a part of the Critical Care Transport team after earning a sub-specialty in flight nursing at the National Flight Nurse Academy. He joined Evolution Health in 2013 as Director of the company’s Mobile Integrated Nurse Practitioners program. He quickly grew in his role at Evolution Health transitioning to roles as National Director, Clinical Operations, then to National Executive Director, Medical Operations and Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief Medical Officer. Before returning home to Cleveland to launch Ohio homeCare and Transportation, an exclusive non-emergency medical transportation offering paired with private duty homecare, Mr. Sague was Vice President of Medical Operations at Evolution Health. He continues to serve as a firefighter and paramedical locally. 

 

Jonathan.Sague@UHhospitals.org

Zack Scott

Senior Portfolio Manager

Zack Scott

Senior Portfolio Manager

Zack supports the Business Operations and Partnership growth of the University Hospitals Ventures team while focusing on technical integration and interoperability. Prior to joining the team, he worked in different areas of the healthcare industry, ranging from strategy consulting to managing big data integrations in both large hospital organizations and Clinically Integrated Networks. Zack graduated from Case Western Reserve University where he obtained both a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a Master of Engineering Management degree.

 

Zachary.Scott@UHhospitals.org

Dhanesh Shah

Senior Portfolio Manager

Dhanesh Shah

Senior Portfolio Manager

Dhanesh brings over 10 years of diverse experience in healthcare corporate finance, strategy, business development and technology commercialization. His technology commercialization experience spans throughout innovation life cycle across healthcare domains – medical devices, life science and health IT. At UH Ventures, Dhanesh strives to accelerate early stage innovation at University Hospitals through Ohio Third Frontier’s Technology Validation and Startup Fund. His main focus is to commercialize early stage inventions and develop robust investment thesis to make recommendation to UHV’s executive team and advisory boards for investments in startups. Dhanesh has a true passion for translating innovative healthcare solutions into viable business operations. Dhanesh has received a BA in economics/accounting and his MS in accounting/taxation from University of Mumbai. He received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

 

Dhanesh.Shah@UHhospitals.org

Brandy Sparkman-Beierle

Vice President, Operations

Brandy Sparkman-Beierle

Vice President, Operations

Brandy N. Sparkman-Beierle, RN, BSN is the Vice President, University Hospitals Home Care. In this role, she works closely with all interprofessional team members within home care to enable optimal patient care delivery and experience.  UHHS Home Care Services provides comprehensive home health, pharmacy services, hospice and personal care services, including the following: skilled nursing services, home infusion therapy, injectable medication, pediatric services, women’s health services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services, private duty services, home care aides, homemakers/companions, mental health and aging services, nutritional counseling, oncology services and wound care and specialized disease management programs. She has extensive experience in operations, clinical management, outcomes improvement, change management, process improvement, care redesign and business development. Much of her experience has been focused on innovation in post-acute and chronic care, population health, home-based services, telephonic navigation, digital/telehealth and transitional care using team based models. She is passionate about serving others and creating innovative ways to deliver human- centered care.

Over the past 16 years, Ms. Sparkman-Beierle has held various positions in clinical operations, nursing leadership and care management in several healthcare organizations, including University of North Texas Health Science Center, Evolution Health and Guardian Home Care.

Ms. Sparkman-Beierle is a practicing Registered Nurse. Brandy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler and is working towards her Master of Science in Nursing/MBA at Benedictine University in Chicago.

 

Brandy.Sparkman-Beierle@UHhospitals.org

David Sylvan

Vice President, Ventures & Innovations

David Sylvan

Vice President, Ventures & Innovations

David leads a multi-disciplinary Innovation and Ventures team, responsible for identifying and generating alternate revenue opportunities for the health system, as well as the design & execution of various initiatives and programs aimed at optimizing the patient and provider experience. In addition to commercialization activities, the team is also tasked with the attraction and formalization of strategic partnerships from within healthcare and beyond, as well as the deployment of investment capital in support of the hospital’s mission.
David comes to UHV after a successful career in capital markets, where he led a derivatives’ trading and public finance investment banking platform. He is also an adjunct professor in Weatherhead Business School’s department of Design & Innovation. David received a Bachelors in Commerce and Business Law from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

 

David.Sylvan@UHhospitals.org

Neil Wyant

Managing Director

Neil Wyant

Managing Director

Neil is an experienced early stage investor, manager and board member with 25+ years of experience in academic and commercial technology transfer, intellectual property portfolio management and licensing, business development and commercialization, and new venture formation.  Prior to joining UH Ventures Neil established and managed the venture investing business for a family.  Previously he has held several C-level positions in early stage ventures.  Early in his career he managed the technology transfer office at Argonne National for the University of Chicago.  Neil holds BS degrees in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

 

Neil.Wyant@UHhospitals.org

Matthew Zenker

Lead Innovation Strategist

Matthew Zenker

Lead Innovation Strategist

Matt has been working in the technology innovation field for nearly a decade, with specific expertise in healthcare marketing, programming, and content commercialization. Prior to joining University Hospitals, Matt worked at another large healthcare institution in the field of strategic marketing, as well as a government affairs boutique, where he consulted on government funding opportunities for clients in healthcare, renewable energy, and manufacturing industries. Matt received his BA in English from the University of Notre Dame, and is currently an MBA candidate at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

 

Matthew.Zenker@UHhospitals.org

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