Society of Innovators Inductees Announced

society of innovators logoIvy Tech Community College has announced this year’s inductees to The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana.

One of those is Don Galbreath from Winamac, who’s being recognized for his innovations to the waste-handling industry over the past 60 years. The college’s announcement says the roll-off hoist he invented is considered the most user friendly in the industry, and that his inventions influenced the design of most roll-off hoists currently used in the waste, scrap, and construction hauling industries.

As part of the induction into The Society, he’s also eligible to be named a Fellow of The Society, the top honor for individuals. There are eight individuals being inducted; up to six of them will be named Fellows.

Additionally, there are four finalists in the team category, including IU Health LaPorte Hospital. It’s being recognized for its efforts in creating a work environment where employees are encouraged to report problems and focus on making improvements rather than placing blame. This is done through the use of Rapid Improvement Events, where teams spend a full week focusing on a single opportunity for improvement. Solutions are then tested and implemented within 30 days. So far, the hospital’s put more than 40 initiatives into place. IU Health LaPorte Hospital joined the Society in 2013.

Up to two finalists from the team category will be chosen to receive the Chanute Prize as well as the Accelerating Greatness Awards. Winners will be announced at The Society of Innovators 11th anniversary celebration on October 22 in Hammond.