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Medical cornhole 2011: Healthcare architects Perspectus build their victory

Last year it all came crumbling down around the healthcare architecture firm Perspectus. One point away from victory in the 2010 MedCityNews.com Medical Cornhole Tournament, they lost to eventual champions Medical Mutual. But there are no Buffalo Bills in healthcare cornhole. Perspectus returned to the finals again and this time won the 2011 version of […]

Last year it all came crumbling down around the healthcare architecture firm Perspectus. One point away from victory in the 2010 MedCityNews.com Medical Cornhole Tournament, they lost to eventual champions Medical Mutual.

But there are no Buffalo Bills in healthcare cornhole. Perspectus returned to the finals again and this time won the 2011 version of the MedCityNews.com Medical Cornhole Tournament, edging a team representing the city’s Health Tech Cooridor.

Victory is always sweet. But it’s often best served up by your peers. Perspectus was one of 60 cornhole teams culled from the medical industry, while more than 200 people attended Thursday’s event in Gateway Plaza in downtown Cleveland. Everyone from Cleveland’s University Hospitals and EMH Healthcare; startup companies including NDI Medical, Explorys, CleveMed and Cervilenz; trade organizations such as Ohio Hospital Association and BioEnterprise; and businesses such as Perspectus, Carleton McKenna financial services and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey participated this year.

This year’s cornhole tournament included victory through competition but also through recognition. MedCity Media unveiled its first The Cities awards, national awards that honor innovation, entrepreneurship and achievement from America’s elite medical cities. The first round of awards were given in Cleveland. Addition Cities awards will be handed out in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, as well as other select markets.

Sincere thanks to the event sponsors that made this year’s gathering – already the best networking event in the life sciences – an even more amazing, dynamic and fun event. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, STERIS, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Benesch, Sequentia, The Ohio State Medical Association, The Krill Company, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, TWIST Creative, Perspectus, RGI, Studiothink and Thunder::Tech truly delivered for the community.

One example was RGI providing “Angry Birds Cornhole,” while STERIS’ enthusiasm before and during the event made it even better. And we’re honored to have Kauffman Foundation inject even more entrepreneurship into an event meant for the innovators across the life science and medical sectors.

The event maintained its tradition of fun that united different segments of the medical industry — service providers, hospitals, startups, investors and others — for a few hours of camaraderie, competition and community. Last year’s champions, Medical Mutual, showed up in royal robes and crowns (only to be bounced in the third round). And players traveled from everyone from Columbus to Kansas City to Pittsburgh to take part.

We’ll post additional photos and video of the event as the day goes on. Thanks to everyone for making it a tremendous event.

Chris Seper runs MedCityNews.com and contributes regularly to the site. He is the vice president of healthcare for Breaking Media, MedCity's corporate owners. Reach him at [email protected].

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