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When: Thursday, October 30
8:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
219 S. Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI  48823
United States
Contact: Travis Richardson

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The annual healthcare forum will focus on the future of healthcare delivery, the talent required to meet those needs, and how innovative healthcare ideas continue to push the envelope. Tickets are $99/members or $500/table of eight (includes admission to the Economic Club Luncheon immediately following).

For more information, contact Travis Richardson at (517) 853-6463 or Thanks to current sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. and Sparrow Health System.

Presenters include:

Keynote: Dr. Marsha Rappley, Dean of the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University

Marsha Rappley is dean of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, having been appointed in September 2006 after serving as the college's acting dean for more than a year. An MSU faculty member since 1988, Rappley is a 1984 graduate of the College of Human Medicine. Prior to serving as acting dean, Rappley was the college's associate dean for academic affairs. Other administrative positions she has held at MSU include interim chairperson of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development and interim associate dean for academic affairs of the College of Human Medicine. She is recognized nationally for her expertise in problems of learning and behavior in children, especially attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Keynote – Joseph J. Ruth, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Sparrow Health System

Joseph J. Ruth is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sparrow Health System.  Sparrow is the region’s leading tertiary care facility, located in Lansing, Michigan, and serves the healthcare needs of the greater Mid-Michigan region.  Joe is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the flagship hospital, the growth and development of Sparrow Medical Group, and the integrated delivery networks of Sparrow Care Network and Sparrow Physician Health Network.  Joe also has lead responsibilities in the development and implementation of the System’s Strategic Plan, regional growth, and Merger and Acquisition activities of the Health System.

Panel Discussion – Innovators in Healthcare

Nevin Brittain, Health Numeric

Nevin Brittain, the founder of Health Numeric, graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Computer Engineering. Nevin became a subject matter expert in technologies that helped large corporations securely share data and collaborate. During the busiest years of his career, Nevin’s Great Grandmother passed due to complication associated with diabetes.  Years of disconnected care, readmissions to the hospitals, lack of collaboration and an unclear action plan for the care team lead to his Great Grandmother’s untimely death.   Armed with his knowledge and experiences with a broken health system, Nevin created Health Numeric to give caregivers  the tools they need to better care for their patients and loved ones.

Health Numeric is a HIPAA compliant cloud platform and support service that aids physicians, nurses, family, and others in a patient’s care circle with comprehensive at-home monitoring. The information obtained in real-time allows caregivers the ability to monitor daily health vitals, generate progress reports, and receive notifications when measurements go beyond a set range. This type of constant, at-home monitoring improves outcomes by reducing complications and hospital readmissions.

Ryan Jankovic, TheraB Medical Inc.

Ryan Jankovic has a career of medical device experience in leadership, sales, marketing, product development, and commercialization. Currently, he is President of Enterprise Medical Products, LLC where he focuses on bringing unique medical device innovation to market with healthcare institutions, existing companies and startups.

TheraB Medical Inc. is a start-up biotech company out of East Lansing, MI (formerly known as Swaddle-mi-Bili). Our product is a wearable treatment for infant jaundice, the SnugLit Portable Phototherapy Blanket.  SnugLit promotes maternal-infant bonding and breastfeeding during treatment allowing for a less stressful experience for both mother and infant.

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