Health Accelerated Podcast


Welcome to Health Accelerated by OSF HealthCare!

Health Accelerated gives listeners a look inside our journey to transform health care and the solutions we're piloting to solve today's health obstacles.

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Christopher LarknerEpisode 11: The Manikin is Sweating

If you’ve shopped in a department store of any kind you have probably seen a mannequin – that’s m-a-n-n-e-q-u-i-n.  But our conversation on this episode of Health Accelerated is going to be about m-a-n-i-k-i-n-s… manikins used for training purposes that can sweat, bleed and react in a variety of ways to simulate real-life clinical scenarios. 

Joining host Shelli Dankoff is Christopher Larkner, the Education and Operations 
                                                              Manager at Jump Simulation, part of OSF HealthCare.

Episode 10: I Can See More Clearly

Mark Meeker - Episode 10, 2023Envision using AI in primary care to detect diabetic retinopathy, ultimately saving a patient’s sight, and, perhaps, their health. Learn how OSF HealthCare is expand a recent pilot and implementing a new, innovative, service across its Ministry. 

Dr. Mark Meeker, Vice President of service line physician services for OSF HealthCare joins host Shelli Dankoff for this important, eye-opening conversation.

Episode 9: Keeping an Eye on Mom

Kate Johnson - Kara Roat Episode 9 2023 (2)According to the CDC, 80% of maternal deaths between 2017 and 2019 were due to preventable causes. For some, simply getting the medical care they need to have a successful birth can be stressful. Join host Shelli Dankoff as she explores how OSF HealthCare is using remote patient monitoring to save lives. Joining her for the discussion are Kate Johnson, Supervisor of Clinical Digital Care and Kara Roat, Digital Patient Care Manager for OSF OnCall

If you want to learn more about this program – or know someone who might benefit from it – go to or call (844) 381-3603.

Episode 8: From Here to Ukraine

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Sometimes in the world of innovative approaches to health care that make a significant impact it comes down to the simplest of things…like a conversation between a father and daughter. 

Join Shelli Dankoff for this episode of Health Accelerated, brought to you by OSF HealthCare, as she discusses an effort spearheaded by Chris Manson, Vice President of Government Relations, to deliver ambulances and more to war-torn Ukraine. It all started with an innocent comment from his young daughter.


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Episode 7: A Year in Review 

Join the OSF HealthCare media relations team for a look back at some of the top stories of the year that highlight how OSF is an innovative – and compassionate – health care ministry.

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Episode 6: Mysterious Sea Monsters

It‘s not lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), but it IS sharks, lampreys and other sea creatures that the OSF Innovation team is using to equip children today with the STEAM skills that they'll need to be successful in the workplaces of tomorrow. 

Noël Adams and Shannon Egli join host Shelli Dankoff to discuss these fascinating and educational programs.  Adams is the Vice President of Academic Collaborations and Operations for OSF HealthCare, specifically at the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center. As Coordinator of the Anatomical Skills Lab at Jump Simulation, Egli oversees these programs and  develops the content for them.
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Dr. Matt Gorman

Episode 5: Home for the Holidays

A pioneer in the hospital-at-home movement, we take a look at how the new OSF Hospital at Home is a safer, better, and cheaper place to treat patients for certain conditions.

OSF Digital Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matthew Gorman joins host Shelli Dankoff for this cutting edge conversation.

Dr, Kyle BoerkeEpisode 4: Stressed Out Kids

Being present, positive and patient can go a long way in helping your child deal with stress. 

Join host Shelli Dankoff as she and OSF HealthCare Clinical Child Psychologist Kyle Boerke talk about the signs and symptoms of childhood stress, new studies in the field and strategies parents can use. You might even learn something for yourself!

Dr. Omar Khokhar

Episode 3: The Gut & Brain Connection

The “brain” in the gut is revolutionizing our understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way we think. 

Join host Shelli Dankoff as she and OSF HealthCare gastroenterologist Dr. Omar Khokhar explore how the GI track essentially has a mind of its own.

Episode 2:  Two Minutes to a Concussion Diagnosis

Adam CrossHave you ever bumped your head and “seen stars?” There was a time when athletes would play through a suspected concussion, but that’s no longer the case, with increased attention to the long term effects of head injuries. 

Join host Shelli Dankoff as she and OSF HealthCare pediatrician Dr. Adam Cross discuss FlightPath, the new app they’re developing at the Children’s Innovation Lab that could change the way a suspected head injury is confirmed at a sporting event or even on the playground.

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An escape room can be fun with friends. It’s also how to be on the cutting edge of innovation when it comes to health care training. Joining host Shelli Dankoff to talk about the benefits of escape room training is OSF HealthCare clinical educator Ashley Bruens.