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October 23, 2019


Join us for a full day of highly engaging and interactive sessions focused on Applications of Health Innovation, designed exclusively for healthcare practitioners, executives, entrepreneurs, and investors at the Shepherd Center.

The fast-paced agenda includes: 

  • Mini-workshops led by inspiring speakers and coaches 
  • TED-like presentations by entrepreneurs on critical challenges they're addressing in the industry
  • Information on Health NXT Funding Partners
  • Update on Health NXT progress and value proposition pivot

With plenty of time for dialogue, your ticket includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a full day of hands-on, collaborative learning. A Health NXT members-only dinner wraps up the evening. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, October 23

- David Nour, Founder & CEO – Health NXT


7:30 – 8:15        Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:45        Welcome, Agenda & Innovation at Shepherd Center

            Chet Bhasin, FACHE, MBA, MS, Chief Strategy Officer - Shepherd Center

            David Nour, Founder & CEO – Health NXT

8:45 – 9:15        Curve Benders – Innovators Changing the Direction and Destination of Health

            David Nour – The Nour Group

9:15 – 9:30        Break

9:30 – 10:00        Power over Pain with Cryovibration  

             Amy Baxter, MD, Chief Medical Officer & CEO – Pain Care Labs

10:00 – 11:00        Health Consumerism & Retail Stories Worth Learning From

            Ken Robbins, CEO – Response Mine Health

 Brent Wheeler, Co-founder & Board Member of Ancillon Health, and Founder of Back Pain        Centers of America

11:00 – 11:30        Innovative Approach to Nursing Shortage  

    Cherie Kloss, CEO – SnapNurse

11:30 – 12:00        Principles of Co-development  

             Isabelle Magnin, MBA, PMP, Open Innovation Leader, Center for Disruption and Innovation –                     Navicent Health

12:00 – 1:00        Networking Lunch + (Optional) Tour of Shepherd Center

1:00 – 2:30         Innovation Insight: Successfully Growing Healthcare Startups

              Vic Gatto, Founder & CEO – Jumpstart Foundry


              Matt Grabowski, MD,  Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of surefhir

              Caroline Beckman – CEO & Founder, Nouri

              Jessica Harthcock – CEO & Co-Founder, Utilize Health


2:30 – 3:15        Analytics & Accountability From a Clinicians Perspective 

              Nikhil Shah, DO, MPH, System Chief for Minimally Invasive and Intelligent Surgery – Piedmont Healthcare 

3:15 – 4:15        Patient Insights, Journey Mapping and Service Design at UCB

              Zach Pousman, CEO – Helpfully, and Chris Protos, Global Innovation Lead – UCB

4:15 – 4:30        Key Takeaways, 2020 LIVE Programs & Final Thoughts

              David Nour, Founder & CEO – Health NXT

5:00 – 7:30        Health NXT Partner Dinner (partners & event speakers only)

If you have any questions, please contact Angie Guy, Director of Partner Engagement at or call 952-454-6066.

Hosted by:

Chet Bhasin, FACHE, MBA, MS, Chief Strategy Officer - Shepherd Center

Chet Bhasin, FACHE, MBA, MS, joined the Shepherd Center senior management team in February 2017 as chief operations officer and was promoted to the chief strategy officer role in April 2019. Before joining Shepherd Center, Chet served as the director of back/spine, orthopedics and post-acute services at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Chet provided leadership in physician relations, revenue enhancement, cost reduction, regulatory compliance and project oversight in various services and programs. Before joining Texas Health, Chet held several administrative leadership roles of increased responsibilities in Kindred Healthcare facilities in Texas and Illinois.


Amy Baxter, MD, Founder & CEO - Pain Care Labs

Pediatric emergency physician and pain researcher Amy Baxter, MD founded Pain Care Labs in 2006 with the mission to eliminate unnecessary pain. She invented and patented VibraCool® Vibrational Cryotherapy to treat tendinopathies and decrease opioid use; her disruptive Buzzy® device has been used to control needle pain for over 32 million needle procedures. Her Oscillice™ technology is proven in 30+ RCTs, and was named "Industry Leader in Noninvasive Pain relief" by Frost & Sullivan.

Dr. Baxter funded her neuromodulation pain-reduction platform with SBIR NIH grants. She has received 8 patents, and novel FDA 510K indications for treating muscle and injection pain.

Speaking venues include GIST Venturewell, Exponential Medicine, Bloomberg, Converge, AARP Life at 50+, TEDx and TEDMED. She has been named a Healthcare Gamechanger, Healthcare Transformer, Wall Street Journal “Idea Person”, Most Innovative CEO of the Year by GA Bio, a Top 10 Disruptors in Medical Tech, and “Top Women in Tech to Watch” by Inc. She is also known for turning down Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, and Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank.

Vic Gatto – CEO & Founder, Jumpstart Foundry

Innovation Insight: Successfully Growing Healthcare Startups

Vic has been an investor in healthcare and technology since 2001. He has made over 200 investments in early-stage innovation companies in the areas of healthcare services, medical devices, diagnostic tools, technology, and data analytics. 

Vic co-founded Jumpstart Health Investors in 2014. Designed to be a new type of healthcare investment platform, the firm leverages four complimentary business units to covey and unfair advantage to investors, innovators and industry. 

Before Jumpstart, Vic served as a Partner at two different VC firms, focusing his investment activity primarily in healthcare services and technology. In the 1990s, before switching to the investor side of the table, Vic co-founded and subsequently sold a software company. 

Vic was the seed investor in Change Healthcare. He helped grow the company from a concept to the multi-billion enterprise it is today. Vic served on the Board of Directors for seven years. He also joined Change in a full-time capacity as President during a critical transition period. As President, Vic helped the original Founders define the skills needed to lead the company forward. He then recruited a two-person team of Chairman and CEO to leave a large publicly-traded healthcare company to lead the growth of Change Healthcare. 

Panelist: Caroline Beckman – CEO & Founder, Nouri

Surefhir is streamlining the hospital discharge process by building an EMR plug-in app that automatically pulls together information on who was involved in a patient's care

Panelist: Matt Grabowski, MD,  Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of surefhir

Surefhir is streamlining the hospital discharge process by building an EMR plug-in app that automatically pulls together information on who was involved in a patient's care.


Panelist: Jessica Harthcock – CEO & Co-Founder, Utilize Health

Utilize Health offers a high-risk neurological care solution that collectively lowers care costs by 20-25% while maximizing overall health and functional outcomes for the members we serve.

Cherie Kloss, CEO – SnapNurse 

Cherie Kloss has an 18-year history of working in the medical field as a contract anesthetist. She has a PRN-Per Diem Nurse agency in the Atlanta area (SnapNurse). Kloss partnered with Edwin Marcial, the former and founding CTO of Intercontinental Exchange and built a technology platform (InstaStaff) to book, manage and instantly pay PRN-Per Diem workers efficiently, decreasing the HR workforce needed to manage thousands of booking hours in multiple locations. InstaCred 2.0, a blockchain credentialing platform is her next project with release scheduled for late 2019. 

Isabelle Magnin, MBA, PMP, Open Innovation Leader, Center for Disruption & Innovation - Navicent Health

As Navicent Health’s Open Innovation Leader, Isabelle builds partnerships with established companies, startups, scientific organizations, and communities to co-develop consumer centered solutions and to solve for strategic priorities.

Isabelle also leads innovation commercialization efforts and launched Flex Health with a joint venture partner, an innovative staffing company valued at over $20M.

David Nour, Founder & CEO – Health NXT

A thinker, keynote speaker, business advisor and best-selling author, David Nour is internationally recognized as a leading expert on strategic business relationships. The author of 10 books, including best-sellers CO-CREATE (St. Martin’s Press) and Relationship Economics® (wiley), and the upcoming Curve Benders, he delivers 50 keynotes annually for top companies, industry associations, and academic forums globally.

In addition to speaking and writing, Nour serves as a trusted advisor to global clients and coaches corporate leaders and rising entrepreneurs. He is an adjunct professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, was named to the Global Gurus Top 30 Leadership Professionals list and is honored to be one of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Global Coaches.

A Forbes Leadership contributor on the future of work, Nour’s unique insights have been featured in a variety of prominent publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Huffington Post Business, Entrepreneur, and Knowledge@Wharton.

Zach Pousman, CEO - Helpfully

Zach has built a career pursuing tomorrow’s best ideas. Zach founded Helpfully, an R&D consultancy that focuses on understanding emerging social trends and technology leaps to power new business ideas.

Zach serves as the chief design researcher at Helpfully, carefully working to develop insights into human behaviors and attitudes. He uses quant and qual methods to dig into the ways people live, work, earn, shop, heal, and relax. Then he leads teams build the insights and vision into elegant services and product experiences.

Over his career, Zach has led digital work for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, UCB Biopharma, Allstate, Kroger, iShares, and Google and dozens of startups. Zach holds a Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago, and did advanced graduate work at Georgia Tech, blending anthropological techniques, design, and technology studies.

Chris Protos, Global Innovation Lead – UCB

Chris is inspired by the stories of people living with chronic diseases to solve the toughest challenges in healthcare. As the global innovation lead for UCB, a pharmaceutical company based in Belgium,  he uses a human-centered design approach develop innovative, non-drug solutions that deliver the best individual experience for patients.  Informed by his work in the US, Europe, and Asia, Chris is developing a vision for a future world where all of the actors along the patient journey collaborate to change the way healthcare works. Over his nearly 20 year career, Chris has held various innovation, design, and user research roles including stops at Accenture, North Highland Company, and Merial.

Ken Robbins, CEO - Response Mine Health

Ken Robbins is the CEO and Founder of Response Mine Health, a marketing agency that helps healthcare and wellness companies grow their new customers and patients.

Since 2001, RMI has served healthcare clients including Liberty Medical, Hoveround, Back Pain Centers of America and MedExpress, Wake Forest, Emory Health, Mayo Clinic and many other health, wellness and retail clients.

With over twenty years of consumer marketing experience, Ken’s thought leadership has been featured in Strategic Health Care Marketing, Internet Health Management. Ragan's Health Care Communication News, Healthcare Call Center Times, AMA, Healthcare Dive and the Journal of mHealth.

Ken has also been a featured contributor to the best-selling books, Socialnomics and The Digital Leader.

Nikhil Shah, DO, MPH, System Chief for Minimally Invasive and Intelligent Surgery – Piedmont Healthcare 

Dr. Nikhil L. Shah currently serves as the System Chief for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at Piedmont Health Care based in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Shah has performed thousands of minimal access and robotic procedures with specific expertise in Genitourinary Oncology and urinary tract reconstruction. In addition, his interest and expertise in Minimal Access procedures allows patients the opportunity to consider treatment options that are less invasive.

Dr. Shah is the recipient of numerous awards and has authored many peer-reviewed publications. He is acknowledged as an established leader in minimally invasive surgical applications. He holds an adjunct Professorship at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Shah serves as the President and Founder of the Men’s Health and Wellness Center of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization that works towards educating and informing men in disease prevention. Dr. Shah has made several appearances on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta regarding Robotic Surgery and Men’s Health. In addition, Dr. Shah serves as an active advisor to industry involved with innovative technology, medical devices, simulation and new surgical training applications. 

Brent Wheeler, Co-founder & Board Member of Ancillon Health, and Founder of Back Pain Centers of America 

Since 2003, Brent has helped multiple companies with his consultative approach and a firm understanding of direct response principles, creating strategies that drove strong financial returns to companies like Liberty Medical and Life Line Screening. He also has a long history of helping entrepreneurial orthopedic practices, such as Laser Spine Institute and North American Spine, pioneering the concept of applying retail marketing tactics into the healthcare space. 

In 2015, Brent created Back Pain Centers of America. By fusing digital marketing with advanced call center methods and systems, Brent’s spine centers increased patient volume by more than 300%, while lowering cost per acquisition. 

Brent has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from University of North Georgia.  Brent enjoys traveling and has visited 37 countries. When he is not traveling, he spends time with his family and 2 golden doodles.


8:15 AM - 4:15 PM


Shepherd Center

2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA, 30309-1465, United States

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Health NXT
Name: Angie Guy
Phone: 952-454-6066

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