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AONE funds new Transdisciplinary Innovative Fellowship Program at ASU

April 06, 2012

The American Organization of Nursing Executives (AONE) and the Arizona State University (ASU) College of Nursing and Health Innovation announce the formation of the Transdisciplinary Consortium for Innovation Leadership in Health Care. As their first official action, the consortium partners announce the launch of the first Fellowship in Innovation Leadership in Health Care, a 15-month program for senior health care leaders.

Applications for the first cohort of fellows are currently being accepted. Early applications are encouraged due to the uniqueness of the program and a limit of 20 for the first cohort. For more information about the program go to or contact Jack Gilbert, consortium director, at

The fellowship program, which will begin Sept. 9, 2012, is designed to prepare the most innovative leaders to positively impact the future of health care. Participants will be mentored by a group of nationally recognized leaders including Barbara Balik, Jack Gilbert, Kathy Malloch, Tim Porter-O’Grady, Barry Silbaugh, Donna Sollenberger and David Webster.

The purpose of the fellowship is to strengthen fellows’ personal capability to lead and sustain innovation through bold projects that will accelerate their organization’s capability to innovate and measurably improve health outcomes, patient and community satisfaction, caregiver satisfaction and productivity, transdisciplinary collaboration and financial health.

The fellowship features:

• a focus on the leadership mindset and skill set that will strengthen and sustain a culture of innovation

• a phased approach to innovation that allows fellows to reflect and learn (in immersions and webinars) and to accelerate realization of results (through projects and mutual support)

• enhanced learning and networking through diverse views, experiences, and disciplines of fellows

• learning that is shared “back home” in fellows’ individual organizations to strengthen their organization’s capability to innovate and improve outcomes

“It is critical that our health care leaders are experts in innovation. AONE has always been committed to the development of leaders, not only for today, but for the future. Our mission is to shape health care and part of that shaping has to include the science of innovation and its application to our health care system. It is even more important that we do this in partnership with other health care leaders,” said Pamela A. Thompson, chief executive officer. “This Consortium will bring together a multidisciplinary team to learn together, but more importantly, to change our systems. We are pleased to announce the funding of the Consortium and the launch of the fellowship program.”

Teri Pipe, dean of ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, added, “The Transdisciplinary Consortium’s Fellowship in Innovation Leadership in Health Care is perfectly aligned with the Health Solutions initiative at ASU to provide solutions for major recognized state and national problems. We are grateful to AONE for its sponsorship and honored to be their partner.”

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