Kettering Health Designates Center for Clinical Innovation at Ridgeleigh Terrace


Story and photos furnished by Kettering Health

KETTERING,OH -- At an open house for physicians, Kettering Health leadership and physician leaders repurposed the former system corporate headquarters as the Center for Clinical Innovation at Ridgeleigh Terrace. The space is now dedicated to physicians across the system to connect, collaborate and innovate to benefit patients and communities, emphasizing clinical quality, safety and efficiency. 

Ridgeleigh Terrace was the home of inventor, engineer and businessman Charles F. Kettering, also the namesake for Kettering Health. Built in 1914, the house was the first in the United States to have electric air conditioning using freon, one of Kettering’s inventions. The history and legacy of Charles F. Kettering’s focus on innovation and the future, represented in his home, makes Ridgeleigh Terrace a fitting site for the innovations launched by Kettering Health physicians. 

Acute Care President Daniel Wolcott discussed Kettering Health’s legacy of innovation and meaningful, purposeful care provided to
the community. Clinical providers can bring ideas, projects and groups together in this space calling upon the legacy of Charles F. Kettering. “They will gather here together to actively create a better future for our system and our patients,” Wolcott explained.

Dr. Michale Lakes, an emergency medicine specialist with a focus on digital health and AI, and Dr. Harvey Hahn, a cardiologist focused
on lifestyle medicine, also spoke about their hopes for the innovations coming from the work clinicians will do. Dr. Lakes focused on the center as a hub for creativity, creating change for progress. Dr. Hahn hoped initiatives introduced at the open house
and others that occur in the future could fundamentally change the way Kettering Health operates and delivers medicine, mentioning not only lifestyle medicine for patients, but also well-being for those providing care.

Projects highlighted at the open house included high-tech and AI initiatives, clinical informatics, digital health, lifestyle medicine
and physician well-being.

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