6 innovative projects get $90K at MUSC Health's 'Shark Tank'

Charleston, S.C.-based MUSC Health gave out $15,000 to each of six innovation projects at its annual "Shark Tank" event.

The health system has doled out nearly $250,000 in the five years the contest has been in existence. It capped off MUSC Health's Innovation Week, which ran April 24-28.

"While winning is fun, every single idea that was presented here today will get seriously considered," said Jesse Goodwin, PhD, chief innovation officer of MUSC Health, in a May 9 news release. "So if you weren't selected, it's not the end of the road for your project. We'll really work hard to help move as many of these ideas ahead."

The winners were:

MUSC Health-Charleston Division

Care: "EHR-embedded clinical decision support to reduce hospital-acquired infections" by Michelle Spiegel, MD, Karen Melanson, Janet Byrne, RN, Jamie Allen, DO, and Andrew Goodwin, MD.

Research: "Innovative designs for ventricular assist device cannulas that improve outcomes for infants" by Curry Sherard, Savannah Skidmore, Jesse Flynn, Joe Ruscito, and Taufiek Konrad Rajab, MD.

Education: "Hitting the mark: Implementation of a central venous catheter curriculum to improve medical student self-confidence in quality and safety of procedures" by Edward Kilb, MD, and Brad Petkovich, MD.

MUSC Health-Midlands Division

"Enhancing the patient experience: From car to care" by Renee Wilson.

MUSC Health-Lancaster Division

"Addressing disparities in kidney transplant in a rural community hospital" by Prince Anand, MD, Camille Filoromo, PhD, Ahmad Alqesseih, MD, Derek Dubay, MD, Natalie Wessels, Adrian Carlson, PharmD, and Jay McCarley, PharmD.

MUSC Health-Florence Division

"The 'ST' edema sling" by Evelyn LeBron-Cooper, Roldan Mandane, Joseph Fraser, Cyreano Hamoy, Corey Bass and Roxie Smallwood.

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