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History

InSytu was born in 2008 as the donor funded Gossman Center for Pediatric Simulation at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.    A state of the art simulation lab led to expansion of scope beyond pediatrics to obstetrics, emergency medicine and other high risk areas. 

We soon learned that simulation outside of the lab in areas where patient care actually takes place led to mitigation of latent safety hazards and that using realistic multidisciplinary teams practicing high risk, low frequency events together allowed the caregivers to improve their practice while learning with and from each other.   Moving outside the lab setting allowed us to grow our simulation practice to support the entire Swedish system and eventually working outside our home as InSytu.  In 2015 we began a pioneering system wide set of OB emergency simulations across the greater Providence system (30 sites) to facilitate a standardized evidence based approach to managing high risk emergencies, the largest program of its type. 

We have partnered with dozens of hospitals and health systems across the United States, helping engage their bedside caregivers in improving outcomes, decreasing risk and cost improving their work caring for patients. 

 

Leadership

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Theresa Demeter, Mha, Executive Director

I have enjoyed more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare leadership, management and education. From leading Women and Infants Outpatient Services and the design and development of The Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns at Swedish, to the transformation of InSytu, I understand and am passionate about the importance of empowering and supporting caregivers to provide the very best care for patients. Since 2012 I have been driving the strategy and development of InSytu into a nationally recognized leader in onsite simulation and process improvement. I am very proud to lead a group of physicians, nurses and technology specialists who are dedicated to our mission. I am an active committee member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Healthcare Business Women’s Association.

 
 

Ian Doten, MD, FACEP, CHSE, Executive medical director

I am a practicing emergency medicine physician and have seen firsthand how onsite, multidisciplinary simulation helps teams of caregivers function at the highest level.

As a former medical director for two busy emergency departments and a system chief of emergency medicine, I know that standardization across different care areas to meet institutional goals and process improvement is always challenging, and I’ve seen our system use the strength of its bedside experts to design care that works for the whole team, and most importantly, for our patients.

 

 Board of Directors

Eddie Swafford

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Doug Jaquez, CPHRM, chc

Doug Jaquez, CPHRM, CHC is the System Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for the MultiCare system in the South Puget Sound area. Previously, Doug was the Administrative Director, Risk and Patient Safety at Swedish Health Services and he has served as a Senior Consultant at Sinaiko Healthcare. Doug has over 29-years of healthcare experience specializing in Quality, Risk Management, Patient Safety and Compliance.

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Sherry Williams

Sherry is currently Regional Director of Community Health Investment for Swedish Health Services. Her work includes the Community Health Needs Assessment, Community Health Improvement plan, Swedish’ Community Benefit reporting and community outreach and engagement initiatives. Sherry has 20+ years’ of experience in community building, advocacy community health initiatives, and outreach and partnership development. Sherry has a Bachelors in Consumer Economics from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University. Sherry is a current board member at Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, Northwest African American Museum and Alliance for Education.

 

Jeff Wolff-Gee, MD

Jeffrey Wolff-Gee, M.D., is the Senior Medical Director for Care Delivery Transformation at Swedish Medical Group. The Swedish Medical Group network includes nearly 1,000 providers across more than 110 primary care and specialty care clinics throughout the greater Seattle area. Dr. Wolff-Gee coordinates care delivery redesign aligned with population health; directs operational readiness for digital innovation adoption and optimization; and advises physician and advanced practice clinician leadership development and team building to reduce provider burnout. He’s a strong advocate for ways to harness informatics and data processes that improve patient care, while also improving clinical efficiencies and managing costs of care.

He has been a practicing primary care internist in Ballard, after completing medical school and an internal medicine residency at the University of Washington in Seattle since 1997.

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Leslee Goetz, MN, RNC-OB

Leslee has been a high risk perinatal nurse for more than 35 years. She received both her bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Washington. She has lectured on perinatal nursing topics throughout the Northwest and is a nationally recognized speaker on shoulder dystocia, obstetric analgesia, and obstetric operating room safety. Leslee’s work experience includes Clinical Nurse Specialist, Program Director Gossman Simulation Center, Department Manager, Director of Clinical Services Ballard Swedish. Leslee currently serves as Chief Nursing Officer of Swedish Ballard.  


 

John Milne, MD, MBA, Well-ap

John Milne is an experienced physician executive with a strong history of healthcare leadership, as well as a unique business-minded perspective on clinical operations. He has partnered with forward-leaning designers, developers and entrepreneurs to develop innovative care delivery systems that transform the built environment and foster technological innovation. John received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his emergency room residency at Michigan State University. He holds the distinction of being the first physician ever certified as a WELL AP by the International Well Building Institute. In his former role as Chief Medical Officer for ZOIC Capital, he provided leadership in managing a collection of early state healthcare and life science venture funds. As Vice President of Medical Affairs at Swedish Medical Center, he led the clinical design for new facility development, including one of the most innovative greenfield hospitals in the country, which opened ahead of schedule and under budget.

John is currently Senior Vice President of Real Estate Strategy and Operations for Providence St. Heath, leading a team focused on providing system-level leadership in the areas of corporate planning, asset optimization, facilities and construction management. As a currently practicing emergency physician, he is focused on developing creative solutions to today’s complex healthcare challenges to develop health in communities.

Melissa Tizon

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