Inova Summit: Thought Leaders in Action

Inova, Northern Virginia’s leading not-for-profit hospital system and healthcare provider, recently held its annual Summit at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia. The Summit is the region’s premier healthcare stakeholder event drawing more than 300 attendees including philanthropists, corporate executives, university presidents, healthcare professionals and government leaders.

Jim and Rebecca McDermott attended the Summit, which has an Aspen Institute-like design with its intimate format and direct interaction with leading Inova healthcare experts on topics such as genomics, wellness, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and women’s health.

Dr. Jill Biden, former Second Lady of the United States, proud military mother, and lifelong educator, was one of the keynote speakers at the Summit. She spoke about education and philanthropic work, “and the promise of what we can accomplish if we all work together.”

Later in her presentation, Dr. Biden was joined by experts in the “intersection of Inova’s groundbreaking research in cancer therapies and drug discovery” from the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Moonshot initiative and the Applied Proteogenomics Organizational Learning and Outcomes (APOLLO) network.

These two organizations represent collaborations between the public and private sectors, including the Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs and    NCI. Their mission: “ending cancer as we know it” through the strengthening of prevention and diagnosis, and improving access to care.

Programs that began under the Cancer Moonshot initiative in 2016 have continued, as have efforts started across the country in private companies, healthcare systems like Inova, and foundations.

Dr. Biden with moderator, Amit Rastogi, MD, SVP, Strategy, Innovation and Growth, Inova

Dr. Biden and her husband, Joe Biden, who was called upon to lead the Cancer Moonshot Task Force during the Obama Administration, are building on the progress made by Cancer Moonshot with their nonprofit organization, Biden Cancer Initiative. The organization was founded following the death of their son, Beau Biden, who died at age 46, after battling brain cancer.

In addition to cancer, genomics, and wellness topics, there were discussions at the Summit about how to establish charitable family foundations and donor advised funds as these instruments have become attractive ways of channeling private philanthropy.

Jim McDermott, President of Madison Wealth Management, recently joined Inova’s Loudoun Rising Campaign along with other area community and business leaders.  Loudoun Rising is a bold initiative to help meet the health needs of Loudoun’s growing community and is actively raising funds to this end. Please contact Jim or any of Madison professional colleagues if you would like to explore your own charitable strategies or to learn more about the Loudoun Rising Campaign.

Inova serves more than 2 million people each year and is governed by a volunteer board of community members. Since its beginning in 1956, Inova has grown from one hospital to a nationally recognized, comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services, assisted and long-term care facilities and healthcare centers located throughout Northern Virginia. To learn some interesting facts about Inova, please click Inova at a Glance Jan 2018