UPenn Nursing Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation


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Case Studies

Kathy Bowles

Kathy Bowles PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI is a professor and the Director of the Center for Integrative Science in Aging at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Dr. Bowles’ research has focused on the use of information technology and health informatics to improve healthcare for at-risk older adults. In 2011, Dr. Bowles Co-founded RightCare Solutions, a software company based on her team’s research that provides an end to end solution for discharge planning and post-acute care referrals. In 2017, Dr. Bowles was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Hall of Fame for her contribution to research and nursing.

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Ernesto Holguin

Ernesto Holguin, BSN, RN, CNN is the CEO and Founder of OTEN Medical, a company dedicated to improving the quality of life of diabetic patients. Before founding OTEN Medical, Holguin worked as a dialysis nurse at Las Palmas Medical Center which motivated him to design, build, and patent the first ever diabetic food care monitoring system. In 2017, Holguin won the InfoSys Foundation Maker Award for his inventive work and also was accepted into the Medical Centers of American Innovation Center program for startups, which helped Holguin launch OTEN Medical.

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Sarah Szanton

Sarah Szanton, PHD, ANP, FAAN is an Endowed Professor for Health Equity and Social Justice at Johns Hopkins and the Director of The Center for Innovative Care in Aging. Dr. Szanton’s research focuses on changing policy for older adults and their families. She is the founder of CAPABLE, which aims to improve mobility and reduce disability for older adults. She has tested the program’s effectiveness through grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Innovations Office at the Center on Medicaid and Medicare Services.

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Rachel Walker

Rachel Walker, PhD, RN, OCN is an Associate Director of the UMass Center for Health and Human Performance: a multidisciplinary translational science center that specializes in developing sensors, wearables, and digital health technology.  She earned her PhD in Nursing, Certificates in Health Disparities research and Nursing Education, and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in innovation for aging and translational science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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Regina Cunningham

Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and an Adjunct Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She is an accomplished nurse executive, scientist, and educator who has made significant contributions to advancing nursing practice and clinical care. She has extensive experience in the organization and delivery of nursing service across the care continuum, with particular expertise in the utilization of nursing resources in care delivery systems. 

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Bon Ku

Bon Ku, MD, MPP is the Assistant Dean for Health & Design at Thomas Jefferson University. A practicing emergency medicine physician, he is also the Director of the Health Design Lab and created the first design thinking program at a medical school. His innovative program tackles healthcare inequalities as a form of social justice and teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges. 

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Erica Lewis

Erica Lewis, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at James Madison University. Dr. Lewis specializes in bioethics and has published on the topic of medical error and other ethics issues, such as disparities in vulnerable populations. She has also taught and researched ethical reasoning in the context of innovation, and helps guide interdisciplinary students in the JMU Xlab to consider potential implications of their innovations.

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Molly McCarthy

Molly McCarthy, BSN, MBA, is the National Director, US Provider Industry and Chief Nursing Officer at Microsoft. She is a Business Innovator and Healthcare Executive with over twenty-five years of experience in health and information technology industries. Career progression spans clinical registered nurse, product development, client relationship, strategic marketing and business development management roles. 

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Angela Patterson

Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, is an advanced practice registered nurse, Vice President at CVS Health, and Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer of CVS MinuteClinic. In her current role, Dr. Patterson is accountable to providing clinical and professional practice governance for more than 3,100 Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who staff the organization’s more than 1,100 retail health clinics located across 34 states and the District of Columbia.

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Keondra Rustan

Keondra Rustan PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE is a Nurse Educator, Clinical Informaticist, and Simulation Specialist at Eisenhower Medical Center and adjunct Simulation Educator at College of the Desert. She has over thirteen years of nursing experience with a strong clinical background in critical care, cardiac care and emergency medicine. She is constantly searching for new methods to educate and train students as well as staff using technology and innovative methods. Dr. Rustan is a member of Sigma Nursing (STTI) and Vice-Chair of the Healthcare Systems Modeling and Simulation Group for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

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Margo Brooks Carthon

Margo Brooks Carthon PhD, RN, FAAN is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She was one of the first nurse researchers to demonstrate empirical relationships between the quality of nursing care and racial inequities in outcomes. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, she is currently studying patient and nurse perspectives of hospital readmission disparities. In addition to her research, Dr. Brooks Carthon maintains an active clinical practice providing home-based geriatric assessments.

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Shawna Butler

Shawna Butler, RN, MBA is the EntrepreNURSE-in-Residence at Radboud University Medical Center (Netherlands) and part of the Exponential Medicine team at Singularity University. She believes in combining clinical acumen, health economics, and technology to catalyze cross-sector collaboration that delivers better health, experiences, and outcomes.

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Marion Leary

Marion Leary, RN, MSN, MPH, is the Director of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. She is a resuscitation researcher who examines the intersection of technology and education for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. She works to amplify nurses as leaders in health and healthcare innovation and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Rebecca Love

Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, is a thought Leader on Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship and is dedicated and passionate about empowering nurses to be at the forefront of healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship. She currently serves as the Managing Director of U.S Markets at Ryalto and recently founded SONSIEL, a Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders.

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Raina Merchant

Raina Merchant, MD, is an associate vice president at Penn Medicine and an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She has secondary appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. She serves as the director of the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health and co-director of the Penn National Clinician Scholars Program. Her work is at the intersection of digital media and health.

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Marilyn Rantz

Marilyn Rantz, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Curators’ Professor Emerita of Nursing at the University of Missori’s Sinclair School of Nursing. She is internationally recognized for her insights in long term care, new delivery models of care for older adults, and technology development to enhance aging in place for community-dwelling elders.

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Joanna Seltzer

Joanna Seltzer, RN, MSN is a nurse informaticist and an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s School of Nursing where she teaches a graduate level course on “Designing for Care and Wellness.” She is a founding member of SONSIEL (Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders) and currently pursuing her EdD from the University of Southern California. 

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