University Hospital

The final Leadership Ohio session was kicked off on Friday, November 14th, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Global Center for Health Innovation.  This state-of-the-art facility is located in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

Leadership Ohio participants were given an introduction to the concept of living in poverty through the “Poverty Simulation Exercise.”  Everyone was assigned a specific role within a fictitious family.  The goal of the simulation was to gain an understanding of emotional and physical complications of living in poverty.  This exercise was quite valuable to all of the participants.  A debriefing concluded the exercise, whereby by all participants and simulation volunteers shared their experiences and findings.

The next stop of the day was at University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC).  The group heard from Dr. Michael Anderson, Chief Medical Officer.  He spoke passionately about the direction of UHCMC.

Mark Visnick, Manager of Facilities and Engineering Services (UHCMC) and Leadership Ohio participant, led an interesting and informative tour of the complicated mechanical rooms/systems of UHCMC that keep UHCMC operational.  He ended his tour in with a thoughtful walk through of Seidman Cancer Center.

The final speaker of the day was Dr. Nicholas Cohen, Assistant Professor, Quality Institute, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health UHCMC.  Dr. Cohen is the founder of the SUPER program.  The SUPER program links patients to volunteer healthcare coaches.  The volunteers are trained to interact in an effective, non-threatening manner with patients.  The intent of the project is to encourage patients to empower themselves to live a more healthy lifestyle through self-realize needs and choices.


November 15, 2014

Saturday morning started with a quick breakfast and tour of C:DOX.  Following the tour,  Leadership Ohio participants enjoyed a final session with Dennis Willis, Action Business Coach.  Leadership Ohio participants started eight months ago with an informative session on DISC by Dennis.  It seemed only fitting that he would lead the final session with a thoughtful facilitation of the group’s experiences both from a professional and personal perspective.

The final part of the day was spent with graduation activities. Kathy planned a wonderful graduation luncheon followed by the presentation of the awards and certificates.  Alison Goebel was awarded for her outstanding leadership throughout the program.  A plaque and donation was awarded to Kwodwo Ababio, CEO of New Harvest Café.

The keynote speaker for graduation was Alex Keen of “Because I said I Would.”  Alex is an inspirational person, believing and living a life of truth, service, and community.

Leadership Ohio 2014 is officially concluded, but the friendships built throughout the year will remain steadfast.

Thank you so very much to Kathy Rednour, Himanshu Pandya, and all of the other wonderful people that made Leadership Ohio 2014 a great success!