Planting the seeds of innovation
Abington Health helps ensure that the healthcare innovations of tomorrow receive support today through our Innovators' Circle program. Serving as an internal foundation, the program enables philanthropic leaders from the community to invest in innovative programs and creative solutions to healthcare challenges by funding seed grants for physicians, nurses and hospital staff. With expert guidance from physician and nurse clinical advisors and community leaders, the Innovators' Circle program has supported the earliest stages of many promising innovations that have gone on to attract wider funding and recognition.
Innovators' Circle includes two committees:
• The Clinical Advisory Committee, chaired by G. Chris Christensen, III, D.O., is responsible for the internal promotion of the program, seeking and encouraging innovative ideas that would fit the grant requirements.
• The Executive Leadership and Allocation Committee, chaired by Joie Smith, is responsible for evaluating applications for the grants and distributing the funds.
Contributions to Innovators' Circle will directly support new innovative ideas that come directly from Abington Health physicians, nurses and staff. Implementing these ideas will help improve healthcare at Abington Memorial Hospital, Lansdale Hospital and elsewhere.
For more information contact:
Annual Giving Officer
Monica G. Simon, RN, MSN, GPC
Innovators' Circle Award Recipients:
Innovators' Circle Special Awards
2013 Innovators’ Circle Physician and Nurse Honoree Awards
From left to right:
Diane Humbrecht, M.S.N., R.N., C., 2013
Innovators’ Circle Nurse Honoree;
G. Chris Christensen, III, D.O., Chair,
Innovators’ Circle Clinical Advisory
Committee; Qaisar A. Shah, M.D.,
Innovators’ Circle Physician Honoree;
and Joie Smith, Chair, Innovators’ Circle
Executive Leadership and Allocation
Qaisar A. Shah, M.D. and Diane Humbrecht, M.S.N., R.N., C were named the 2013 Innovators’ Circle Physician and Nurse Honorees in recognition of their legacies of developing and implementing innovative solutions to healthcare challenges.
Dr. Shah, Director of Neurointerventional and Neurocritical Care, is the co-recipient of three Innovators’ Circle grants. He and colleagues are investigating the use of an infrared, handheld device to identify acute brain hemorrhages cased by stroke in the pre-hospital setting. His two other studies involve cognitive deficits in Moyamoya disease and headaches and unruptured aneurysms.
Diane is nurse director of Clinical Excellence and Innovation. A member of the nursing staff for 25 years, she has been involved in many innovative projects involving the integration of technology with professional practice. With support from an Innovators’ Circle grant, she co-led the development of the Daily CARE Plan, which received the 2008 Magnet Prize and has been implemented across Abington Health and other hospitals across the country.
The Innovators’ Circle program invests in innovative people and ideas with great potential for the future of healthcare. Overseen by a committee of community leaders and a committee of leading Abington physicians and nurses, the Innovators’ Circle program has funded 72 innovative projects since 2005.