Innovation Campaigns



Innovation Awards 2015


Five Innovation Award Recipients Received Funding in 2015

Five worthy recipients were awarded Innovation Grants during the third round of Trinity Health's Innovation Grant Awards, totaling nearly $700,000 to bring their brilliant ideas to reality.

This round's winners, which were chosen from 85 proposals from 35 different health system entities, are:

  •  Customized "in Office" 3D Printing for Virtual Surgical Planning in Craniofacial Surgery (Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill.)

Test the feasibility of 3D printers in the office-space rather than outsourced to create virtual surgical models for Craniofacial Surgery.

  • SkinCalc: The Mathematics of Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Put Some Skin in the Game! (Mount Carmel East, Columbus, Ohio)

Create a proprietary software program that utilizes evidence based, best practice, care pathways in real-time for pressure ulcer prevention.

  • Clarke – Community Benefit Software to Integrate Social Determinants of Health into EMRs (Mercy Health Muskegon, Muskegon, Mich.)

Integrate community records into the EMR to help ensure continuity of care both medically and socially, and prevent duplication.

  • Value Based Analysis of Clinically Significant Improvements Following Joint Replacement Surgery (Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Data research project that creates an index for the value of orthopedic interventions to drive decision-making.

  • Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) for Community Paramedics (St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Create one central input point for EMS workers that could interface with a variety of EHR systems.


"Successful execution of our people-centered care strategy requires us to create innovative ways to deliver care and operate our healing ministry," said Scott Nordlund, executive vice president, Growth, Strategy and Innovation. "We are indebted to colleagues who continue to share their expertise, creativity and talent to support our vision of being a mission-driven innovative health organization."

"These valuable contributions will help Trinity Health meet the challenges of the future," said Anna Marie Butrie, vice president, Innovation Programs and Services. "These are exciting projects and demonstrate once again, that we have what it takes to transform our clinical and business models to deliver people-centered care."

The Innovation Grant awards were established to encourage innovative thinking, and nurture an environment that is safe for trying transformational, breakthrough ideas. Since the program was launched in 2014, a total of 16 innovation grants have been awarded. Congratulations to the colleagues and Ministries who have been selected for innovation grants in 2016!


Video: Presentation of Lightbulb Trophies to 2015 Innovation Awardees


Innovation Awards 2014


Six Trinity Health Innovation Projects Received Funding in 2014

The Innovation Grant awards were established by Trinity Health's Innovation program to encourage innovative thinking, and nurture an environment that is safe for trying transformational, new breakthrough ideas. During the second round of Trinity Health's Innovation Grant Awards, we were thrilled to announce funding for six exciting projects on Mar 2, 2015 These winning projects were selected from among the 113 proposals we received from 46 different health system entities:


  • Gastrointestinal Transit Measurement Device (Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill.)

Test the use of a device the size of a gelatin capsule in measuring gastrointestinal mobility.

  • Virtual Communication within Population Health (Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, NJ)

Test the use of home tele-monitoring and video chat with patients who are identified through “hot spotting” criteria in Care Evolution.

  • Remote Specialist Visiting Physicians (St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Mich.)

Partner with a local EMS agency to offer emergency and scheduled physician visits in the patient’s home using remote technology.

  • Community Advanced Illness Management: Palliative Care Population Health (Mount Carmel Hospice and Palliative Care, Columbus, Ohio)

Use predictive analytics and a portal to better identify and coordinate palliative care between the hospital, physicians, and home care providers through the use of home and telephonic visits.

  • Accelerating Wound Healing with Autologous B Cells (Holy Cross Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Develop the technique and device for implanting B cells into wounds to increase the rate of wound healing.

  • Check Out Philanthropy (Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, NJ)

Increase the ability to raise philanthropic dollars during the “check out” process in physician offices.

Congratulations to the RHMs and colleagues who were selected for innovation grants in 2014, as well as all who submitted proposals. It is this spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that will help Trinity Health continuously improve to meet the challenges of the future.


Innovation Awards 2013


Trinity Health first-ever Innovation Grants awarded in 2013

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our first-ever Innovation Grants. These awards were established by our ministry's new Growth, Strategy and Innovation department as a way to encourage innovative thinking, and nurture an environment that is safe for trying new breakthrough ideas.

Regional Health Ministries (RHM) were invited to apply for these grants, aimed at funding innovative models that are high-risk and that otherwise might not be supported through routine improvement efforts. Ministries were invited to submit projects for consideration that addressed both inpatient and outpatient services, new products, automation and telemedicine.

The Innovation Council and the Innovation Work Group, composed of clinical, financial and senior leaders from both the RHMs and the System Office, reviewed the submissions and selected pilots for funding based on the following criteria:


  • Aligns with the organization's mission and strategic direction
  • Is considered innovative and creates a new business or clinical model that is transformational
  • Addresses an important issue impacting patients, associates or the community
  • Offers an opportunity for high reward (non-financial or financial)
  • Is easily scalable, replicable and sustainable
  • Can be taken to market

Grants totaling nearly $4 million have been awarded to five pilots; these were selected from among dozens of applicants system-wide. These dollars funded the capital and operational needs for these initiatives for one year. The five pilots being funded are:

  • Psychiatric Care in PCMH Using Telemedicine (Saint Alphonsus Health System,Boise, ID)

Establish a consultative psychiatric care program that uses telemedicine (tele-psychiatry) in a patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

  • Complex Care Management (Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Grand Rapids, MI)

Create an automated system and processes to identify and intervene in health care delivery for high risk / high cost patients.

  • Transition Support (Saint Alphonsus Health System, Boise, ID)

Leverage technologies (i.e. internet, mobile devices, text) to better manage chronic disease conditions resulting in a reduction of high risk readmissions.

  • Direct to Consumer (DTC) Telemedicine (Saint Alphonsus Health System, Boise, ID)

Access medical consultations using an online, HIPAA secure video conferencing system and software downloaded by patient on their personal devices, including a home PC, smart phone or tablet.

  • Short Stay Hospital (St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, MI)

Transform an Ambulatory Center into a short stay hospital, adding 28 staffed observation beds for med/surg patients requiring less than an 18 hour stay. Innovation funding is only for planning dollars; implementation costs will be a future capital request.