Viewpoints of Innovative Healthcare Leaders


By Kathryn L. Kelley, Chief Advancement Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

Viewpoints logoMary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America, is a guest of the popular ’€œViewpoints of Innovative Healthcare Leaders,’€ podcast beginning Wednesday, September 4.  She spoke about the lower purchasing power of NIH research dollars now compared to 20 years ago and the great need for everyone (especially researchers) to speak out about the value of research for understanding health.

The Ohio State University College of Nursing’€™s biweekly podcast series hosted by Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMH-NP, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the college and university chief wellness officer, spotlights top experts and helps inform listeners on best practices and emerging thoughts in the healthcare and medical fields.

When the podcast series was launched in May 2013 to positive response, Melnyk stated, ’€œI am excited by the opportunity the College of Nursing has to share nuggets of wisdom from innovative healthcare leaders on health and wellness and how we can transform the health of Americans. This outreach to executives, nurses, and other healthcare professionals across the country will help us reach across disciplines to share insights and radical solutions for improving healthcare.’€

Guests have included innovative leaders of nationally renowned hospitals, healthcare systems, insurers, foundations and corporations. Experts such as Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th US Surgeon General and Dean’€™s Distinguished Professor of Health Promotion and Entrepreneurship at the College of Nursing, discuss the importance of nursing in public health and primary care; Nick Baird, CEO of US Healthiest, discussing corporate wellness and academic community wellness; Sue Hassmiller, senior advisor for nursing at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, discussing the value of nurses delivering care at full scope of practice nationally; and Michelle Robson, founder of, an online social health company for women, discussing the role of women as healthcare executives in the home/family.

Other speakers include Howard Koh, Deputy Secretary of Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services and George Thibault, President, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

Several podcasts feature Melnyk covering such topics as the importance of evidence-based practice on patient outcomes, the value of chief wellness officers for organizations, and the importance of mental health care integrated with physical health care.

The podcasts, each 10 to 15 minutes in length, are available for download from the College of Nursing website, to play on any computer, tablet or mobile device. Listeners can access audio podcasts via iTunes University or by visiting

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