Every year Minnesota Business celebrates the excellence of the companies and people that make up Minnesota’s world-renowned health care industry. This year we've changed the name and scope of the awards to give greater emphasis to the roles of wellness and health technology. We look forward to the participation of a wide range of med-tech, wellness and healthcare companies throughout Minnesota. The finalists in this competition will be highlighted in the December issue of Minnesota Business and winners will be announced in the December issue.
About the process
Nominations were collected over a two-month period and reviewed by an external judging panel consisting of industry experts across all professional platforms.
Innovators in Health and Wellness 2017 Finalists
Software/Web Application Award
Health and Wellness Campaign Award
Excellence in Facility Design
Health Care Executive Award
Medical Breakthrough Award
Wellness Advocate Award
Nickie Carrigan, Owner, NC Fitness The Warehouse
Deborah Delaney, Founder, CEO and Consultant, Touching Lives Adult Day Services
Cindy N. Kaigama, MA, Multicultural Initiatives Director, American Heart Association
Emerging Leader Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael D. Resnick, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health and Director of Research in the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, University of Minnesota
Excellence in Data Analytics Award
Best Supplier/Vendor Award
Wellness or Fitness Center Award
Mental Health Innovator
Excellence in Professional Services
Excellence in Professional Services — IT
Meet the Emcee
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Meet the Judges
Thompson Aderinkomi, Cofounder, Relate
Thompson is the founder of Relate and serves on the board of directors for MNsure and the Minnesota Business Editorial Board. Past endeavors include co-founding RetraceHealth and co-founding Healthcare.mn.
Adam Berry, Chief Executive Officer, Summit Orthopedics
Adam is CEO of Summit Orthopedics, one of Minnesota’s top orthopedic groups, and works to make dramatic changes to the way orthopedic healthcare is delivered.
Dr. John Blank, Chairman, TreeHouse Health
John Blank has extensive experience in the healthcare both as a practicing physician and a senior executive in the managed care and services sectors of the healthcare industry.
Daniel Zismer, Co-founder and Managing Director, Castling Partners
Castling Partners serves health systems and clinics in the areas of strategy design and performance, physician services strategies performance improvement and ambulatory strategies innovations.
Jon Moon, PhD, President and Owner, MEI Research
Jon is a biomedical engineer with decades of academic research and industry experience creating and commercializing medical technologies.
Michael Morris, Director of Business Development, St. Francis Regional Medical Center
Michael leads the hospital’s strategy and business development, marketing and communications, community outreach, public relations, guest services and employee wellness programs.
Kathleen Motzenbecker, Senior Vice President, Medical Alley Association
Kathleen is Senior Vice President of Medical Alley Association which champions and facilitates health technology and care organizations to innovate, succeed and influence the evolution of healthcare.