Tampa General Hospital’s VP of Innovation is chosen among top leaders to keep America’s healthcare at the cutting edge of technology


Rachel Feinman is one of 30 leaders across the country chosen by Becker’s Healthcare for creating a culture of innovation.

TAMPA, Florida., August 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Rachel Feinmanvice president of innovation at Tampa General Hospital and CEO of TGH Innoventures, was named one of the top national innovation leaders by Becker’s Healthcare.

Feinman is on the list of “30 Great Innovation Directors You Should Know,” leaders who are essential to digital transformation efforts and initiatives to keep healthcare systems at the forefront of delivering patient care. Feinman was chosen for her work in creating a culture of innovation throughout the Tampa General system, accelerating research and development, and managing venture capital funds.

Feinman was also selected for her efforts to harness the ingenuity and creativity of academic medical center team members to improve operations and clinical care.

“Innovation is of critical importance to our organization, as it is the engine that propels us forward in developing real-world solutions for some of the most complex challenges in healthcare,” said Jean Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General. “Rachel has done an outstanding job in delivering on our plan to find and leverage partnerships and insights that amplify the ideas of the next generation.”

“It’s an incredible honor, and it reflects the team’s dedication to driving innovation forward,” Feinman said. “It’s another sign that our organization continues to strive to be a national leader in delivering world-class care.”

Feinman became vice president of innovation at Tampa General in 2021 after serving as executive director of Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) for three years. Passionate about influencing impactful innovation strategy, she currently leads innovation and oversees Tampa General’s venture capital investment strategy.

At Tampa General, innovation and healthcare go hand in hand. Part of the hospital’s goal is to significantly advance the future of healthcare in the Tampa Bay region, state of Florida and at the national level. Launched in early 2021, Innoventures provides a coordinated mechanism for Tampa General to develop innovative solutions to improve quality and access to care. Innoventures also provides the hospital with a platform to invest resources and funds in emerging companies that share the vision of the academic medical center and can help develop immediate solutions for access, quality and delivery of care. health.

Innoventures began as a $15 million innovation-focused investment fund to help entrepreneurs, scientists, and administrators solve real-world problems. Some of his early successes include:

  • A partnership with Embarc Collective, a Tampanonprofit that helps startups grow into scalable and successful businesses. Embarc serves as a landing place for entrepreneurs and mentors to meet and share ideas. By partnering with Embarc, Tampa General can access startups working in healthcare and leverage Embarc’s leading startup advisors to support internal Tampa General innovators.
  • The creation of Co-Lab by TGH Innoventures, which is designed to collaborate and co-develop with healthcare start-ups to cultivate innovations at Tampa General that have broader applicability to other healthcare systems . Through Co-Lab, Tampa General has partnered with and invested in Enroute, which uses artificial intelligence to streamline patient navigation by improving the efficiency of Tampa General’s inpatient transportation service.
  • Invested in health technology-focused venture capital fund Virtue, which gives Tampa General access to innovative companies that address challenges in the healthcare industry. The strategic collaboration between Innoventures and Virtue focuses on modernizing healthcare delivery, increasing efficiency and improving the patient experience.
  • Tampa General Expands Telehealth and Connected Care Services with a $1 million reimbursement subsidy from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The initiative helps improve the quality of patient care by removing socio-economic barriers through increased telehealth and connected care services.
  • Collaboration with Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) identifies innovative solutions Israel. A partnership with Sheba Medical Center, the first hospital in the Middle Eastcan generate revolutionary developments in health care services, education, training and innovation.

The full list of winners can be read at: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/30-great-chief-innovation-officers-to-know-2022.html


Tampa General Hospital, a 1,040-bed nonprofit academic medical center, is one of America’s largest hospitals and provides world-class care as the region’s only trauma center. level I and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest ranked hospital in the market in US News and World Reports 2022-23 Best Hospitals, and is tied as the third highest ranked hospital in Floridawith seven specialties ranked among the best programs of United States. Tampa General Hospital has been named a Model of Excellence by the List of Top 100 Fortune/Merative Hospitals 2022. The University Medical Center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious Forbes magazine rankings – the first nationally in 2022 America’s Best Employers for Women and third out of Florida’s 100 Companies in 2021 America’s Top Employers by State.Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2020 provided a net community benefit of greater value at $182.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and the primary teaching hospital for USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With six medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports seriously injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General is home to a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center, and its 32-bed neuroscience and critical care unit is the largest on the west coast of Florida. It also houses the 82-bed Jennifer Leigh Muma Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group primary care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health and 21 Tower-powered TGH imaging outpatient radiology centers across Hillsborough, Not co, pinelles and palm beach counties. Tampa Bay area residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics, and they can even receive home visits in certain regions thanks to TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track. As one of the nation’s largest hospitals, Tampa General Hospital is the premier Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to improve and better coordinate patient care at lower cost. For more information, visit www.tgh.org.

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