HIMSS Innovation Center Celebrates Opening of Cleveland Convention Center

The HIMSS Innovation Center, as the anchor tenant in the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio, joined the celebration marking the opening of the new HIMSS Cleveland Convention Center. The convention center opened on Friday, June 14, with a ribbon cutting-ceremony, followed by a Community Open House on Saturday, June 15.

HIMSS Professional Development, with about 40 other health-related organizations, offered health IT career information with its own display table at the “Explore the World of Health Careers,” held in the junior ballroom of the Global Center and hosted by the Northeast Ohio Healthcare Workforce Collaborative. During this Community Open House, the public toured the convention center and the first floor of the Global Center.

“The Open House event was specific to the Global Healthcare Center for Innovation and featured exhibits and tables that could provide information and inspiration to attendees interested in careers in healthcare or health IT,” said Carolyn LeMaster, senior director, professional development, for HIMSS, who was on-site at the event.

At the Community Open House on June 15, at the Global Center for Health Innovation, in Cleveland, Ohio, from left to right: Carol LeMaster, MA, FHIMSS, Senior Director, Professional Development, Career Services, HIMSS; James E. Bennett, JD, Vice President, Operations, Global Center for Health Innovation; and John Paganini, MBA, CPHIMS, CIIP, Consultant, Cleveland Clinic.

Attendance at the open house appeared balanced between parents with high school-aged children and healthcare professionals. “The parents wanted to introduce their children to careers in healthcare, in general. HIMSS was able to introduce additional opportunities to parents, children, and healthcare providers, as options they did not know even existed,” says LeMaster. She noted many civic- and community-minded seniors attended to learn more about the technology surrounding electronic health records, patient engagement, home healthcare and more.

The HIMSS Innovation Center will open in mid-Oct. 2013. Build-out of the space is now underway with Alego Health as the founding collaborator for the Healthcare Technology Showcase that is part of the Innovation Center’s space.

Visit the HIMSS Innovation Center website for more information.

Read articles on the Cleveland Convention Center Ribbon Cutting and Open House in  International Meeting Review.