Medical Innovation Podcast Interviews DaVita’s Former Chairman & CEO

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Two leaders in medical innovation—Robert Niichel of SmartTab Founder and CEO, and Kent Thiry Founder of Colorado Thrives—discuss what’s on the horizon for medical innovation and what will be the next advancements for Colorado.

Robert Niichel sits down with Kent Thiry, Former Chairman and CEO of DaVita. In 2018, Kent founded a CEO group, called Colorado Thrives, focused on advancing the quality of life of all Coloradans. Thiry will discuss Colorado Thrives’ goals to improve equity, health, and prosperity for future generations. He shares the inspiration that drives Colorado Thrives and their vision to take Denver and Colorado to the next level of innovation and wellbeing. Thiry will explore the Economic Mobility focus of the organization and the specific initiatives they’re working on now and what’s to come, exploring critical questions:

  • With so many digital technology and healthcare startups in Colorado, what steps can these companies take to grow and evolve in the next 5-10 years?
  • What does Colorado’s future as an innovation hub look like?
  • How can Denver leverage the talents of the bright young people in Colorado to accomplish those goals?

Thiry offers invaluable experience from his work at DaVita, a leading Fortune 500 healthcare provider. He will share the inspiration and goals behind Colorado Thrives, and how small, innovative companies can expand and take on a much larger footprint in Colorado in the next five to ten years. Despite the pandemic young people continue to flock to Colorado, and especially Denver. This is a critical time to leverage the talent of young, bright people in the community. Thiry offers valuable insight as to where he sees Colorado Thrives in five years, and discuss how he thinks workforce readiness, homeless and mental health issues, and transportation issues can be solved.

About Kent Thiry:
The former executive chairman of DaVita's board of directors, he served as chairman and CEO of DaVita from 1999 until June of 2019. Kent Thiry sits on the Harvard Business School’s advisory board and is regularly invited to speak on leadership and culture at top business schools, companies and not-for-profit leadership groups. In 2018, he founded a CEO Group, called Colorado Thrives, focused on advancing the quality of life of all Coloradans. He is committed to bringing a village of leaders together to drive innovation and improve the wellbeing of everyone in Colorado and beyond.

About the Podcast:
Who Would Have Thought is a digital health innovation podcast, about what we know now and what we have yet to discover about the future of healthcare. Explore the perspectives of digital health leaders today and inquire into digital technologies of tomorrow.

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