MaineHealth Innovation builds connections to drive diversity of thought, educates to produce creative problem-solvers, and funds to accelerate ideas. By leveraging the ideas, insights and expertise of all care team members to develop novel solutions to our unmet care needs, we are working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.

December 2023 | View Archived Issues

A Note from MaineHealth Innovation:

"What makes you thankful to work for MaineHealth Innovation?"

"Thank you, all!


As I reflect on the incredible journey we are embarking on together, I am thankful for and inspired by the unwavering support and dedication from all who are pushing the boundaries of healthcare innovation. I know this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with so many passionate and talented friends and colleagues who are contributing to shaping the future of healthcare to make our communities the healthiest in America! 


Wishing you a safe and warm holiday season."

Susan Ahern, Vice President of Innovation

"I am thankful to be able to experience firsthand the dedication and commitment of care team members from all across MaineHealth who want to improve care for patients. I find myself continually inspired by people’s creativity and passion; it’s infectious. I am grateful for being a part of the MaineHealth Innovation team, who encourages and promotes the diversity of ideas to help solve unmet care needs. It’s living proof that by collaborating and sharing the skills and expertise of MaineHealth care team members, we raise the bar for all.

Karen Budd, Innovation Manager

"I am thankful to be a part of MaineHealth Innovation, where I have the freedom to contribute my strengths in a dynamic environment. Each member of the Innovation team complements one another with a unique perspective, background, and approach. Likewise, MaineHealth Innovation’s commitment to connecting, educating, and funding shines through in every operation while also collaboratively striving to make our communities the healthiest in America. It is a privilege to contribute to this collective effort!"

Erin McCue, Innovation Program Coordinator

"I really enjoy working with MaineHealth innovators to help guide them on the best path to protect their novel ideas and see their innovations accelerated. Whether it is a product idea that is patentable or a novel service, I get a lot of satisfaction in advising innovators with their intellectual property for licensing. We are dedicated to advancing as many ideas as possible to support the mission of making our communities the healthiest in the nation."

Todd Keiller, Director of Intellectual Property & Tech Transfer

"I’m so thankful to be able to work with an organization where I can connect my personal purpose with my skills and experience. Every day, I strive to empower care team members to further their innovations through novel idea development and sparking creativity through human centered design. At MaineHealth Innovation, our goal is to leverage our care team members insights and expertise, so I am appreciative to work with such knowledgeable people!

Carla Muniz, Innovation Specialist

"What makes me feel thankful is that I get to be a part of something bigger than myself. I can indirectly help a cause that is doing good in the world. I get to work with people who want the same thing, and it makes me grateful to work with them. Being able to see ideas come to life and seeing how much work goes into it from everyone that is involved is truly a unique experience. It can be inspiring to see, especially looking at past work that MaineHealth Innovation has helped to accomplish."

Katrina Jacobson, Administrative Specialist III

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The MaineHealth Innovation Team:

Susan Ahern - Vice President of Innovation

Todd Keiller, MBA - Director of Intellectual Property & Tech Transfer

Karen Budd, MPH - Innovation Manager

Erin McCue, Innovation Program Coordinator

Carla Muniz, Innovation Specialist

Katrina Jacobson, Administrative Specialist III

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