Louisville Innovation Summit Brings Together 500 Executives and Entrepreneurs Focused on the Future of Aging Care, Oct 14-15

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Summit Features Keynotes from Aneesh Chopra and Paul Bennett; Sessions Ranging from Aging Innovations in Space to Compassion in Healthcare; 15 Company Startup Pitch Event

Louisville, KY, September 30, 2015 – In two weeks, the Louisville Innovation Summit will gather 500 executives and entrepreneurs from around the country focused on the Future of Aging Care. More than 70 industry visionaries will speak on topics ranging from Aging Innovations in Space to Compassion as Innovation in Healthcare Delivery. The Summit includes a startup pitch event of 15 companies all focused on innovative health technologies that will enhance and or help the quality of life for a growing senior adult population. Happening October 14-15, 2015, the Summit still has some space available for additional attendees. Please register now at http://www.lisummit.com/

The Louisville Innovation Summit will feature a keynote address from Aneesh Chopra, the first Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. and assistant to President Obama who helped launch Startup America, among many other initiatives. Chopra is currently a leader at Hunch Analytics, a “hatchery” incubating ideas that improve the productivity of health and education markets, including NavHealth, an open data intelligence service. Chopra’s presentation will be a conversation with Dr. Jordan Shlain, primary care physician, digital health entrepreneur and respected writer and thought leader in national health policy.

Paul Bennett of IDEO will also give a keynote address on The Powerful Now. IDEO is a world renowned design and innovation firm dedicated to uncovering latent needs, behaviors and desires. Paul Bennett, as Chief Creative Officer, is at the helm of many of these new innovations. One such vision is The Powerful Now (http://thepowerfulnow.com/), a collaboration led by Kyu, SYPartners and IDEO, which is fueling the growing global movement around positive aging for all. The Powerful Now states “aging is being redefined. Not as a path of decline, but one of renewal.”

An additional 70+ visionary speakers will address a range of topics around aging care. One topic is a focus on space medicine solving problems for the aging. Speakers on the Aging Innovations in Space panel will join moderator Marc Rothman, Senior Chief Medical Officer at Kindred Healthcare, Inc., to discuss aging research and how the unique environment of microgravity can speed advancements in care delivery. Panelists include Michael Roberts, senior research scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS), the sole manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, and Kris Kimel of Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) which focuses on ambitious and diverse initiatives in science, technology, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation.

In the Compassion as Innovation in Healthcare Delivery session, Dr. James Doty of Stanford University will join Louisville’s own VP of Spirituality at Signature HealthCARE, LLC, Dianne Timmering, and Dr. Joseph D'Ambrosio of the Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Doty, as founder and director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, is a worldwide thought-leader and speaker on the importance of compassion in giving meaning to life and improving mental and physical health.

Louisville has become not only a center of aging care, but of compassionate healthcare for older people. The city has a Compassion Initiative spearheaded by Signature HealthCARE, a post-acute and long-term care company which includes one of the largest for-profit, multi-faith Departments of Spirituality in the nation, created by Timmering, along with Signature CEO Joe Steier. The speakers at this session will discuss the spiritual movement of hope in medicine as a core competency in the care delivery system.

The Louisville Innovation Summit is the industry’s only conference uniquely focused on wellness and aging care technology and innovation. This is the second such gathering of the largest collection of thought-leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and CEOs in lifelong wellness to share ideas and chart the future of the industry.

With 21,000+ professionals producing more than $50 billion in revenue, Louisville is home to the nation’s largest collection of headquarters in nursing home, rehabilitation, assisted living and home health administration. This large industry base makes Louisville the natural place to chart the future of the industry. Guided and supported by Louisville-based Founding Partners Delta Dental of Kentucky, Humana, Kindred, ResCare, Signature HealthCARE and Trilogy, the Louisville Innovation Summit promises to be an enlightening experience.

Online registration for the Louisville Innovation Summit is currently open for the October 14-15 event. Registration and updated programming information is available at http://www.LISummit.com. Press interested in covering or attending the event, or talking with Summit spokespeople or event speakers, should please contact Laura Beck, laurabeckcahoon@gmail.com, media relations person at the event.

Louisville Innovation Summit supporting partners include the office of the Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Forward and Christian Care Communities. Additional sponsors supporting the Summit include AARP, CareerBuilder, CareSet, CareSource, Cisco, DMK Development Group, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, Kelley Construction, Louisville CVB, National Tax Credit, Norton Healthcare, PharMerica and Ventas Healthcare REIT.

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