5th Annual Planting Seeds of Innovation Conference

Creating the Future of Health with Foresight and Innovation

Nurses are consumers, providers and designers of emerging health care technologies. The purpose of this conference is to increase awareness, understanding, insight and actions nurses can take to deepen their knowledge, skills, and abilities related to innovation and transformation of health care.

The Planting Seeds of Innovation Conference is presented by the Nursing Collaboratory, a joint project of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and M Health Fairview, and provides nurses with tools and resources they need to bring their innovative ideas to reality. Whether a product, service or process, the conference provides nurses with a blueprint of how to think creatively, identify a target market, develop a value proposition, and test and evaluate an idea.

February 27, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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Srijoy Mahapatra

Srijoy Mahapatra

Assistant Dean of Clinical Innovation, University of MN Medical School
Chief Strategy Officer, Fairview Health System

As Chief Clinical Innovation Officer at M Health Fairview, Srijoy leads system innovation efforts to create and advance clinical programs to help patients live longer, healthier lives. Prior to Fairview, he held several roles at Abbott Labs and St. Jude Medical, where he led worldwide clinical trials in cardiology, structural heart, and electrophysiology. Srijoy was an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia as well as Head Team Cardiologist for NCAA student-athletes. He continues to see patients as a consulting cardiologist to the National Basketball Players Association, NFL, and NHL. Srijoy has been involved in several startup companies, holds 11 patents, and has had his work appear in more than 150 publications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Master of Business Administration, and certification in artificial intelligence from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tufts University. Srijoy completed a Cardiology & Electrophysiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and advanced training in complex ablation at Haut Levaque in Bordeaux, France, and INCOR in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Amy Hoelscher

Amy HoelscherDr. Hoelscher is a recent Innovation Fellow from the UMN Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center where she worked on multiple medical device projects. She also mentors students from the Medical Devices Center Intern Program and is currently the Retinopathy of Prematurity Program Manager at Children’s MN. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership from the University of Minnesota. She is a Certified Patient Experience Professional, has certificates in Health Care Design and Innovation and Leadership in Health Information Technology for Health Professionals, and is active in the Advancing Nurse Coaching program. Amy has worked many years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and on evidence-based practice and research initiatives. She also enjoys sketch-noting at healthcare conferences.

Kelly Landsman

Kelly LandsmanKelly Landsman is a biomedical engineer with over thirteen years of industry experience in research and development of patient care related technologies. She is also concurrently pursing a masters in nursing. Her passion lies in bringing nursing voices to the forefront of healthcare design processes and striving to ensure a positive healthcare experience for patients and their entourage. Her endeavor is to achieve this by advocating for and becoming a nurse engineer.

Kelly has held multiple roles in industry from process engineer to innovation program manager. She has experience that spans the entire development spectrum, including: landscaping, need identification, business case development, patentability, design for manufacturing, product testing, device implementation, quality assurance, and product support. For the past seven years, she has been the owner and principal engineer of Landsman Engineering LLC. She has been directly involved in the design, development and launch of at least seven medical devices and is an inventor on six issued patents. Kelly has spent the past three years researching and advocating for the nurse engineer. Beginning in 2018 she began hosting the website, NurseEngineer.com, which is currently a collaborative partner with the Nursing Institute for Health Care Design (NIHD).

Kristin Sundet Pavek

Kristin Sundet PavekKristin Sundet Pavek has 10+ years of experience as medical device professional. Her experiences allowed for collaborative and independent work in medical devices including new market development, product development, clinical education, marketing, sales, finance and regulatory. During her career she has had wonderful collaborations such as working with CRNA’s to push the frontiers of Difficult Airway Management. Their collaboration resulted in new Difficult Airway Workshops, and the development of new techniques for intubation.

Kristin brings a numbers and logic background from a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Williams College and is currently pursuing an accelerated Master of Nursing program at the University of Minnesota. Her aim is to help bridge the communication and language divide between the business of healthcare and the provision of healthcare. Kristin believes interprofessional teams spanning from industry, regulatory, policy and especially patient care voices such as nurses are essential for the future of healthcare.

Connie White Delaney

 Connie White DelaneyDean Connie Delaney PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP, an internationally recognized health informatics scholar, has served as dean of the UM School of Nursing since August 2005. She also holds a professorship at the University of Iceland in both the Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine. Dean Delaney is the only dean of nursing in the U.S. who is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics. She also has served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and as past-chair of the AMIA Nursing Informatics Work Group. Dean Delaney was an appointee to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, an advisory body established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act within the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She co-chaired the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, representing more than 2,000 nurses and over 20 distinct nursing informatics groups in the United States.

Laura Reed

Laura ReedLaura Reed MBA, DNP, RN serves as the Chief Nurse Executive for Fairview Health Services, a Minneapolis, Minnesota based nonprofit, integrated health system with 32,000 employees and 2400 affiliated providers. Prior to her current position, Laura Reed served as the Chief Nurse Executive for ThedaCare Health System, a 7 hospital and continuum of care service in northeastern Wisconsin. Prior to her position at Thedacare, Laura served as Chief Nursing Executive for University of Minnesota Health, which represents, The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Masonic Children’s Hospital and UMPhysician Clinics. She was the Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and prior to that, Laura served over 28 years at the University of Iowa and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Laura is responsible for providing leadership, vision and accountability for patient centered care and nursing practice throughout the various integrated organizations. She has worked in a wide range of nursing roles in academic and community settings, beginning as a front-line nurse, advancing to nurse manager and then into senior leadership positions.

Anne LaFlamme

Anne LaFlammeDr. LaFlamme is currently the Chief Clinical & Nursing Informatics Officer at MHealth Fairview, a role she’s held since 2015. Anne has six years of clinical experience in solid organ transplant and perianesthesia nursing along with eleven years informatics experience in various roles including the Perioperative build lead for a new Epic implementation and as a member of the Performance Improvement team focused on EHR workflow and use interaction. She completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in Nursing Informatics in 2013 from the University of Minnesota. Anne’s honors include receiving the 2019 Women’s Health Leadership TRUST Innovation and Technology Award and participating in the Nursing Big Data Conference.

Dan Pesut

Dan Pesut


Dr. Pesut is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership at the UM School of Nursing. He coordinates the Post-Baccalaureate Health Innovation and Design Certificate program offered by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. He holds the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Nursing Leadership Chair. Dr. Pesut earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in psychiatric mental health nursing form the University of Texas. He holds certificates in management development from the Harvard Institute for Higher Education an in integral studies from Fielding Graduate University.

Jonathan Koffel

Jonathan KoffelJonathan Koffel, MSI, is an Associate Librarian and leads work in the Health Sciences Libraries around makerspaces, data visualization, virtual reality and the application of emerging tools and technologies to health care and health education.  Jonathan received his B.A. in Classical Languages from Carleton College and his MSI in Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

Liz Weinfurter

Liz WeinfurterLiz Weinfurter, MLIS, (pronouns: she/her) is an Associate Librarian and liaison to the School of Nursing and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Liz holds a B.A. in Classics from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a MLIS from Dominican University in River Forest, IL (through the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN). Liz has worked in the Bio-Medical Library at the University of Minnesota since 2001, and has been in her role as nursing liaison since 2005.  Liz spends her time outside of work wrangling two small children, and in any spare time enjoys camping, canoeing, playing handbells, and ensemble singing.  She is the Production Editor for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, has served as President of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, and was part of the 2012-2013 Medical Library Association Rising Stars cohort.

Caroline Lilyard

Caroline LilyardCaroline Lilyard is the Business & Global Studies Librarian. She has an MPA from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at UMN and an MLIS from UWM.





Sandra Wells

Sandra WellsSandra Wells, Ph.D., joined the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) in early 2012 and is currently the Assistant Director of the CTSI Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT). She is responsible for developing and implementing programs to support early-stage translational research. This includes directing funding programs and leading translational Project Development Teams designed to drive promising early stage discoveries into a development pathway. In addition to facilitating the discovery and development of new human therapeutics, medical devices, and digital technologies, ODAT also supports the development of platform technologies and service models.

Vaughn Schmid

Vaughn SchmidVaughn Schmid, J.D., joined the University of Minnesota’s Technology Commercialization office in January 2017 and works primarily with Medical Device and Creative Works technologies.

Tech Comm oversees all aspects of technology transfer here at the University, from intellectual property protection to forming startup companies. Vaughn enjoys working at the intersection of technology, business, and law.

As a Technology Portfolio Manager, he is often the first contact for University inventors and his job is to identify, evaluate, and protect new innovations that may have commercial potential. He currently manages over 200 active IP cases and helps University inventors navigate the often complex steps from innovation to commercialization.

Greg Peterson

Gregory PetersonGregory "Greg" Peterson is a medical devices and healthcare services business development professional with more than 40 years of successful leadership experiences as intrapreneur, entrepreneur and corporate executive. His competencies include working with very early stage technology development and product ideation to invention, including prototype development and leading company formation. His key interest include forming/managing research teams, assessing/engaging early strategic alliances, building management teams, recruiting key opinion leaders and raising capital. Greg has started several companies, and is experienced with start-up operations, strategic planning, manufacturing, marketing, sales, intellectual property management, and strategic alliance structuring.

Matthew Cooper

Global Senior Medical Director
Patient Safety Center of Excellence for 3M’s Health Care Business Group

Matthew CooperDr. Cooper serves as Global Senior Medical Director and Director, Patient Safety Center of Excellence for 3M’s Health Care Business Group. He has previously served as Medical Information Director at 3M’s Health Information Systems, and Medical Director for 3M’s Critical & Chronic Care Solutions and then Medical Solutions Divisions. He is a Diplomat of the American Boards of Thoracic Surgery and Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (BA, Mathematics & Biology), New York University School of Medicine, and Watson Graduate School of Management, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University (MBA). In addition to Residencies and Chief Residencies in General Surgery (New York University Medical Center, The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics) and Thoracic Surgery (Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center), he also completed a Medical Staff Fellowship in the Surgery Branch of the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, UK. He has also studied Health Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Comprehensive Medical Simulation, both at Harvard University.

Event Information

McNamara Alumni Center

Contact Hours
This conference is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements for up to 4.5 contact hours of continuing nurse education.

However, the individual nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Event contact:
Nikayla Speltz, 612-625-4912

Registration contact:
Taylor-James Gilard, gilar002@umn.edu

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8 - 9 a.m.

Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Connie Delaney and Laura Reed

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Creating the Future of Health with Foresight and Innovation
Daniel Pesut

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 am - noon

Nurses Leading Innovation: Stories from the Field
Amy Hoelscher, Kelly Landsman, Kristin Pavek

12:00 - 12:15 p.m.

Presentation of Conference Innovation Award

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Open Space: Discovery and Action Dialogues (Choose one of the following sessions to attend)

  • Group 1 - Horizon Scanning to Support Foresight Development
    Jonathan Koffel, Liz Weinfurter and Caroline Lilyard
  • Group 2 - Discovery, Translation, Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer
    Sandra Wells, Vaughn Schmid
  • Group 3 - Nursing Innovation in Industry
    Greg Peterson and Matthew Cooper
  • Group 4 - Nurse Innovators: Stories from the Field
    Amy Hoelscher, Kelly Landsman, Kristin Pavek

1:45 - 1:50 p.m.

Choose and transition to a second Discovery and Action Dialogues session

1:50 - 2:35 p.m.

Open Space: Discovery and Action Dialogues (Choose one of the following sessions to attend)

  • Group 1 - Horizon Scanning to Support Foresight Development
    Jonathan Koffel, Liz Weinfurter and Caroline Lilyard
  • Group 2 - Discovery, Translation, Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer
    Sandra Wells, Vaughn Schmid
  • Group 3 - Nursing Innovation in Industry
    Greg Peterson and Matthew Cooper
  • Group 4 - Nurse Innovators: Stories from the Field
    Amy Hoelscher, Kelly Landsman, Kristin Pavek

2:35 - 3:15 p.m.

Issues and Opportunities for Healthcare Innovation
Srijoy Mahapatra MD MBA FHRS
Assistant Dean of Clinical Innovation, University of MN Medical School
Chief Strategy Officer, Fairview Health System

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Connie Delaney and Laura Reed

3:45 - 5:00 p.m.


Optional Tours of Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center


Planting Seeds of Innovation 2019 Photo Gallery

    Presented by Nursing Collaboratory, the academic-practice partnership of the
    University of Minnesota School of Nursing and M Health Fairview.

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