Beacon Health System * Lighting the Way to Wellness - The nonprofit parent organization of Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital of South Bend, providing world-class care throughout North Central Indiana and Southwestern Michigan

Raman Mitra, M.D., Ph.D., FACC

Raman Mitra, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists

Michaela Nufer, NSN, NNP-BC

Michaela Nufer, NSN, NNP-BC, Elkhart General Pediatrics Unit and NNP Program

Laura E. Munkel, M.D.

Laura E. Munkel, M.D., Beacon Medical Group Goshen

Toni Klatt-Ellis, APRN, MN, AOCN

Toni Klatt-Ellis, APRN, MN, AOCN, Elkhart General Cancer Survivorship Clinic

David Hornback, M.D.

David Hornback, M.D., Memorial Regional Cancer Center

Cathy Reese, MSN, APRN, B.C.

Cathy Reese, MSN, APRN, B.C., Memorial Children's Hospital

Innovation at Beacon

It's important to have a say in the future. At Beacon, we feel that creating a culture of innovation is the best way to maintain a world class service leadership position, attract and retain the best staff, attract resources and build a financially stable organization and most importantly, provide quality care for our patients and physicians. Unlike some organizations that approach innovation through a designated group of R&D staff, we feel that preparing all of our staff to be innovative will allow us to achieve things we've never dreamed of.

Through years of study, Inno-Visits and groundbreaking partnerships, leaders at Beacon have learned first-hand the value of Innovation as a core competency. Our leaders have learned that building an inspired, project-oriented, problem-solving workforce is one of the most powerful ways to prepare for any business challenge. These core Innovation skills are vital to sustaining a successful organization. Although originally focused on measuring the benefits to health care organizations, the principles and tools we've identified apply to almost any business.

Key Advantages of an Innovation-Oriented Team

  1. Ability to Reduce Risk
    The development of new programs or products carries a certain amount of risk. The use of R&D and Innovation tools such as rapid prototyping, deep dives and other methods allows for mistakes to be made early and at less expensive stages. Organizations that pay close attention to reducing risk will have the ability to manage resources better and improve the chances for new business success.
  2. Ability to Differentiate
    Most American businesses have undertaken quality improvement skill building as well as service improvement efforts. These initiatives typically have great impact on the ability to meet and exceed customer needs. These are crucial values needed for a successful operation. A focus on quality and service means continually improving your work. We feel there is a third equally important value: differentiation. Commoditization is a danger for many companies, and a cure for this is having a workforce that has the ability to differentiate and innovate. An organization that values innovation and empowers staff to innovate will be much better prepared to differentiate.

Innovation Education at Pfeil Innovation Center

Pfeil Innovation CenterBeacon Health System leaders have transformed Beacon's own Innovation research into real education opportunities for any organization. We offer engaging, inspiring Innovation education at the Pfeil Innovation Center, a revolutionary center named in honor of Indiana entrepreneur, innovation pioneer and visionary businessman Richard J. Pfeil. Reimagine the relevance of your organization at the Pfeil Innovation Center. Offering a variety of Innovation courses, the Pfeil Innovation Center is staffed by some of the most compelling Innovation instructors in the country.