AURORA, Colo., June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Center for Innovation, a formal commitment to pioneer child health innovation that will turn ideas from What if into What's Next. The primary goal of the new Center will be to foster innovative thinking within the hospital and with external partners in order to ultimately improve patient outcomes in Colorado and beyond.
The Center for Innovation will offer all Children's Colorado team members an infrastructure to support innovation as well as a physical space on campus to receive training, attend workshops and take advantage of numerous programs to support strategic incubation and acceleration for ideas identified as having potential for commercialization. The Center will also support ideas that will improve the patient and family experience at Children's Colorado.
"The Center for Innovation represents the realization of our strategic plan to embrace innovation and support our 10,000 innovators at Children's Colorado as we uncover powerful, life-changing ideas in the pursuit of health and well-being for children," said Gil Peri, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. "I am most proud that Children's Colorado is not just facilitating the exploration of innovation, rather we are 100 percent committed to this program through the development of a dedicated innovation lab, strong professional education tracks, incubators, accelerators, business mentorship, and more."
At launch, core resources include access to a network of experienced business and entrepreneur mentors, facilitation of medical and technological partners, corporate partners that will provide pro bono or reduced-fee services, and a robust project management tracking system. A series of workshops will be offered to focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, with courses that include market assessment, product development and competitive differentiation, brand development and much more.
After the vetting process, potential ventures will receive additional support including a dedicated mentor and support for business plan development, pro bono legal and other corporate partner services, along with intense extracurricular training in pitching and implementation planning.
About Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) has defined and delivered pediatric health care excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children's Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually acknowledged as one of the nation's outstanding pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked 5th on its Best Children's Hospitals 2015-16 Honor Roll, Children's Colorado is known for both its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research, education and advocacy programs, as well as comprehensive everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Children's Colorado is the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, and is a 2015 Most Wired hospital according to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Children's Colorado also is recognized for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Centers and has been designated a Magnet® hospital since 2005. The hospital's family-centered, collaborative approach combines the nation's top pediatric doctors, nurses and researchers to pioneer new approaches to pediatric medicine. With urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its main campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Children's Colorado provides a full spectrum of pediatric specialties. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org and connect with Children's Colorado on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Natalie Goldstein, Children's Hospital Colorado
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