About Accelerate Learning Community

University of Utah Health’s online learning community for health care professionals.

Established in 2016, Accelerate is a novel community-based model for innovating and promoting best practices in health care improvement, leadership, and wellness. Over the past three years, hundreds of frontline faculty, staff and trainees have collaborated to share the stories of their work. As a result, our articles are adopted in formal clinician training programs and across campus. Articles are also used in informal learning, workplace training, staff meetings and system-wide communications.

Our Purpose

Build community through stories.

We share stories from the frontlines of
health care each week.

Connect people and ideas.

We develop novel technology that
supports social learning.

Editors — make it engaging

Accelerate editors are the heart of the community.

They guide the tone, style, substance and quality of our content.

michelle hofmann

Day job: Pediatrician – Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Administration, U of U Health.

Superpower: Translates complex concepts with clarity, purpose and personal connection.

Michelle Hofmann
Associate Editor
isaac holyoak

Day job:  Associate Director – Public Relations and Communication, UUMG, U of U Health.

Superpower:  Master storyteller who always has the perfect turn of phrase.

Isaac Holyoak
Deputy Editor
trell inzunza

Day job: Nursing Director – Nursing Support Services, U of U Health.

Superpower: Passionate system improvement leader and collaborative critical thinker.

Trell Inzunza
Associate Editor
trinh mai

Day job: Mindfulness Teacher & Social Worker – Resiliency Center, Wellness and Integrative Health, U of U Health.

Superpower: Skilled mindfulness educator who empowers people to access the wisdom of their bodies, hearts and minds.

Trinh Mai
Associate Editor
ryan murphy

Day job: Hospitalist – Assistant Professor of Medicine, GME Director for Quality & Safety, U of U Health.

Superpower: Innovator of web-based curriculum and health care system improvement leader.

Ryan Murphy
Associate Editor
matt rim

Day job: Pharmacist – Manager, Pharmacy Ambulatory Clinical Care Center (PAC3), U of U Health.

Superpower: Fearless connector who is transforming how we think about medications.

Matt Rim
Associate Editor
chrisitan sherwood

Day job: Director – Communication and Recognition, Human Resources, U of U Health.

Superpower: Logophile and master communicator who brings clarity and simplicity to every exchange.

Christian Sherwood
Deputy Editor
cindy spangler
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Day job: Senior Value Engineer – System Quality, Patient Safety and Value, U of U Health.

Superpower: Natural educator who translates challenging concepts with levity and practicality.

Cindy Spangler
Associate Editor
iona thraen

Day job: Director of Patient Safety – System Quality, Patient Safety and Value, U of U Health.

Superpower: Gifted systems thinker and bioinformaticist who specializes in patient safety.

Iona Thraen
Associate Editor
zac watne

Day job: Senior Manager – Payment Strategy & Innovation, Payer Relations & Contracting, U of U Health.

Superpower: Network entrepreneur and skilled translator of complex concepts with levity and clarity.

Zac Watne
Associate Editor

Editors are effective communicators.

With significant health care expertise and communication chops, they provide context, connection and subject matter expertise.

Partners — make it systemic

Patient Experience is a system-wide initiative that helped establish U of U Health’s cultural foundation of patient-centered care. Based on an intricate operational process that has been developed over the past 10 years, Patient Experience supports data transparency, infusion of the patient voice, and continuous engagement of nearly every member of our clinical faculty and workforce. An outgrowth of Patient Experience, Accelerate has always been a partner in sharing the stories of our dedicated health care teams.

Learn more about Patient Experience here.

The Resiliency Center promotes individual and system resilience as integral to the work of caring for patients, producing innovative research, and training future health care professionals. The Resiliency Center serves as a hub for coordinating organization-wide wellness services, advocacy efforts, and innovative programming. They provide resources essential to professional fulfillment. We are honored to call the Resiliency Center a partner in sharing stories of resilience in health care.

Learn more about the Resiliency Center here.

System Quality, comprising the departments of Quality, Infection Prevention, Accreditation, Patient Safety, and Value Engineering, provides the extensive support network required to ensure the safety and quality of over one million annual patient visits. They exceed the stringent ISO9001 compliance standards and conduct value improvement efforts to increase quality and affordability. It’s no wonder U of U Health makes the annual short list of top ranked academic centers in the nation. We are honored to call System Quality a partner in sharing stories of health care improvement.

Learn more about System Quality here.

Sponsors — make it a priority
bob pendleton

Hospitalist and Professor of Medicine, Bob serves as Chief Medical Quality Officer for U of U Health. A master collaborator, natural connector and voracious learner—it’s no wonder he’s one of Accelerate’s founders. We are honored to continue to call him our sponsor.

Bob Pendleton
Founder and Sponsor
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University of Utah Health

Executive Director of Service Lines, Ancillary & Support Services, and Facilities & Engineering for U of U Health. Alison walks the servant leader talk. She deeply understands complex systems operations and builds authentic relationships with the people who do the work. We are honored to call her our sponsor.

Alison Flynn Gaffney
charlton park
@Kristan Jacobsen

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Analytics Officer for U of U Health. Yes, he knows a thing or two about finance. But he also knows the ins and outs of developing novel technologies and has a gift for giving great advice. We are honored to call him our sponsor.

Charlton Park
Operations — makes it happen
mari ransco

Day job: Director – Patient Experience and Accelerate, U of U Health. As founder and Editor in Chief, Mari has spent the last three years pioneering Accelerate’s method for capturing and sharing workplace stories.

Mari Ransco
Founder and Editor in Chief
kim mahoney
@Kristan Jacobsen

Day job: Senior Manager – Accelerate, U of U Health. As founder and Community Director Kim has combined the many disparate parts that form Accelerate product, strategy and community instructional design. 

Kim Mahoney
Founder and Community Director
marcie hopkins

Day job: Manager – Human-Centered Design, Patient Experience and Accelerate, U of U Health. As founder and Design Director, Marcie merges creative direction, trademark style, and data visualization for an exceptional learning experience.

Marcie Hopkins
Founder and Design Director
Kevin Pompei

Day job: Administrative Director – Genetic Science Learning Center. As backend developer for Accelerate, Kevin brings behind the scenes bells and whistles you experience but don’t see.

Kevin Pompei
Backend Developer
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Day job: Creative Director – Genetic Science Learning Center. As frontend developer for Accelerate, Pete brings Accelerate to life—everything you’re seeing on this website right now was made possible by Pete.

Pete Anderson
Frontend Developer
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Day job: Learning Community Coordinator – Accelerate, U of U Health. Emily brings positive energy and an eagle eye to all aspects of media production and community engagement.

Emily Izzo
Learning Community Coordinator