From our beginning, Innovize has had a strong commitment to giving back to the community. We have matched the contributions that our associates make to their favorite charities, but we wanted to make stronger connection that would allow our associates to leave a legacy and to make a lasting difference.
After meeting with several worthy causes, John Ledy and Dave Jessen met with Dr. Dan Saltzman, Chief of Thoracic Surgery, to tour of the children’s hospital at University of Minnesota. They sat down with representatives of the University of Minnesota Foundation who shared some of the opportunities for Innovize and our associates to donate and volunteer at the hospital. After seeing the amazing work their team was doing, John and Dave began our partnership with the U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital in 2013. Some of the many reasons include:
- U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital is filled with “people who care” and are really making a difference in the lives of some of the sickest children in the country.
- As a research hospital, the doctors are pioneering new and innovative procedures that will make a lasting difference to children’s medicine.
- The hospital’s team embraces a culture of quality and performance excellence and uses measurement and meaningful data to drive improvement. Their team-based approach and high engagement matches very well with our culture at Innovize.
- Innovize associates have an opportunity to donate both money and time, no matter how large or small, in a very meaningful way.
- It’s very organized and welcoming environment for volunteers and makes it easy for us to become involved and make meaningful donations of our time and money.
- When volunteering at the hospital, Innovize associates often see many of the products they helped make being used to care for sick children.
At the end of 2019, Innovize completed its funding of the PICU Innovize Room. The room was designed in partnership with Philips Lighting based on input from patients, parents and care providers. The system helps young patients heal by promoting their bodies’ own natural circadian rhythms by adapting the lighting from day to night.