March 5, 2020

Preparations for StrategyShare2020 well underway

With StrategyShare2020 just a few months away, individuals representing all facets of the Medical Center community sifted through nearly 80 proposals last week as they began assembling the event’s program.


by Jill Clendening

With StrategyShare2020 just a few months away, individuals representing all facets of the Medical Center community sifted through nearly 80 proposals last week as they began assembling the event’s program.

StrategyShare is an annual half-day event showcasing innovative work being done to advance the Medical Center’s four Strategic Directions: Design for Patients and Families; Make Diversity and Inclusion Intentional; Discover, Learn and Share; and Amplify Innovation.

StrategyShare2020, scheduled for June 24 at Langford Auditorium, will follow the theme of “Defining Personalized Care,” a primary emphasis of the Medical Center. Dave Calkins, PhD, vice chairman and director for Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, and Erin Tickle, MMHC, RN, senior director of VUMC Shared Governance, are this year’s co-chairs.

StrategyShare2020 committee members worked to narrow down the best topics to showcase during StrategyShare2020. From left are Peter Shave, MBA, Laura Beth Brown, MSN, RN, Lourdes Estrada, PhD, and Emily Fisher. (photo by Jill Clendening)

“My expectations for this event were very high,” said Calkins. “Even so, I was blown away by the energy and creativity our program committee members demonstrated. Collaboration is one of the most important strengths of the Medical Center, and StrategyShare 2020 is a showcase of the best of our collaborative efforts across the institution. Participation is already incredibly encouraging, and we anticipate even more as the date approaches.”

Event organizers held two IdeaShare sessions for individuals to share ideas for StrategyShare2020 content and provided an online site to capture additional submissions. Past events have included TED-style talks, power pitch presentations, networking opportunities and other activities to connect ideas and potential collaborators across all disciplines.

A few ideas receiving positive feedback were:

  • Innovative ways to incorporate arts into the Medical Center to promote healing and resilience for patients and their families and health care providers
  • Exploring the impact of microaggression on certain patient populations and the effect on patient care
  • Implementing VUMC bundles for employers seeking to provide the best care while controlling cost
  • Promoting the concept of intellectual neighborhoods to advance collaboration and engagement

“It’s so inspiring to see the excitement of people engaging with each other’s ideas,” said Reed Omary, MD, MS, Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and chair of Radiology. Omary co-leads the VUMC Strategic Directions team with Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, Executive Vice President for Research and director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, with the support of William Stead, MD, Chief Strategy Officer for VUMC.

“We hope everyone will find some way to engage with StrategyShare2020,” said Stead. “This annual effort has strengthened the Medical Center and advanced our Strategic Directions each year,”

“Mark June 24 on your calendars now to attend StrategyShare2020,” said Tickle. “Whether you can attend the whole day, or come for a portion of the event, the overwhelming response from past participants and attendees is that these showcases are catalysts for change and improvement. Everyone walks out of this event feeling energized and connected to the amazing work and ideas presented.”

Co-chairs of StrategyShare2020 committees representing Strategic Compass points include:

Design for Patients and Families

  • Lindsay Miller, MSN, RN, Shared Governance Committee chair and administrative director for Ambulatory Surgery Clinics
  • Andy Wooldridge, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, Palliative Care

Make Diversity and Inclusion Intentional

  • Del Ray Zimmerman, director, Program for LGBTQ Health and Office for Diversity Affairs
  • Kim Vinson, MD, assistant dean for Diversity Affairs

Discover, Learn and Share

  • Janice Law, MD, director of Medical Student Education, Vanderbilt Eye Institute
  • Angela Jefferson, PhD, director of the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center

Amplify Innovation

  • Lourdes Estrada, PhD, associate director, Medical Scientist Training Program and associate professor of Biochemistry
  • Peter Shave, MBA, executive director, Systems and Architecture

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