The Center for Learning & Innovation

Exploring alternative models of care delivery to improve the patient experience, lower costs and improve population health.

Design Thinking

Improving care through innovative solutions

Education and Engagement

Empowering our staff and the community through learning opportunities

Innovation Network

Bringing together people and resources to shape our strategy

Bold Visions & Big Ideas for the Future of Healthcare

Use the power of creativity and commitment to innovation to enable Pullman Regional Hospital to be a regional leader in healthcare, a model provider of continuous learning, and the standard in workforce development.

  • “There’s never been a better time to think about healthcare differently than now. Amidst the uncertainty, this is an exciting time, and the Center for Learning and Innovation is positioning Pullman Regional Hospital to thrive.”-Scott Adams, CEO


Goals & Areas of Focus to Maximize Impact
  • Provide active coordination of the Pullman Regional Hospital learning and innovation ecosystem
  • Direct community education and outreach efforts which result in improvements in the overall health of the region's population.
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships and collaborations which support innovation and learning activities.
  • Identify, organize, and/or sponsor key events to foster innovation and learning and provide venues for collaboration and partnership for our region
  • Selectively identify and conscientiously pursue new and/or improved services and products which support Pullman Regional Hospital's strategic priorities
  • Pursue grant funding opportunities that support learning and innovation


Contact Us:

Do you have questions, ideas or just want to learn more about supporting innovation efforts through philanthropy?

  • Becky Highfill, Director for the Center for Learning and Innovation
  • (509) 332-2033
2019 Health Innovation Summit

On September 17th, 2019 we held our annual Health Innovation Summit: The Intersection of Education and Healthcare. The program highlighted our collaborative partnership with Washington State University, with a special emphasis on the development of a Rural Residency Program in Pullman.

Maternity Gown

New hospital maternity gowns have been designed based on an original prototype by Laurie Heimbigner, retired BirthPlace nurse. The gown recently received a federal patent.

EveryBODY Healthy!

The Center for Learning & Innovation has partnered with Palouse Discovery Science Center to create 'EveryBODY Healthy', an exhibit focused on health and wellness education.

Our Staff
Becky Highfill
Director of the Center for Learning & Innovation

Becky Highfill is the Director of the Center for Learning & Innovation at Pullman Regional Hospital. Highfill will direct the activities of the Center for Learning & Innovation while continuing to administer the hospital’s grant program. The Center for Learning & Innovation was created to explore alternative models of care delivery, specifically to improve the patient experience, lower costs, and improve population health.

Gearld Early, MD
Chief Medical & Innovation Officer

Gerald Early, M.D., serves as the Chief Medical & Innovation Officer at Pullman Regional Hospital. Dr. Early came to Pullman from Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri, where he practiced thoracic surgery and held an academic appointment as an associate professor of medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is triple board certified in general surgery, critical care and cardiothoracic surgery. He has extensive experience in clinical quality initiatives and patient safety activities.

Noel Nicolai, PhD.
Healthier Communities Coordinator, Center for Learning & Innovation

Healthier Communities Coordinator for the Center for Learning & Innovation Dr. Nicolai coordinates community education and outreach programs for Pullman Regional Hospital as well as Telehealth/Telemedicine administration and oversight for the resource library. The Center for Learning and Innovation adds to her role by adding greater exposure to partnership opportunities, prevention and awareness programs and grant writing.