Washington Post Highlights B-Line Medical & President Hartley Thompson
A fantastic behind-the-scenes look at the leadership behind B-Line Medical, one of the world’s most innovative groups behind medical simulation recording technologies, by Thomas Heath of The Washington Post. This insider look reveals the challenges and successes that have defined the company, from startup to now over 70 employees worldwide.
Having met many of the team from B-Line Medical I can attest that they are innovative people dedicated to improving learning outcomes at simulation centers around the world. HealthySimulation.com had the opportunity to interview B-Line Medical Co-Founder Chafic Kazoun about the latest innovations unveiled at IMSH 2016 — and as I am every year — I left impressed! Stay tuned for more but in the mean time check out this great article:
“Thompson grew up in the Bahamas, in Freeport. His easygoing nature belies his ambition. His parents pushed him early on to learn the importance of money and entrepreneurship. His father has started various businesses. His mother owns an event-planning company. “My dad really pushed me and my brothers to go out and make your own money,” he said. “At 8 years old, we started a window-washing and car-washing business.”
“I fell in love with just providing a service to somebody and a product and actually getting paid for it,” he said. He attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on scholarship, graduating with a degree in management information systems.
Thompson joined B-Line Medical in 2007 as employee No. 12. The company was 18 months old. He found the job on CareerBuilder.com. “We were not making money when I got here,” he said. “Like any start-up, we were having lean days. Some bills didn’t get paid.”
Thompson’s plan was to get experience, then start his own company in a few years. But he loved B-Line. “I just showed a passion for the business and a hunger to take on more responsibility and keep learning,” said Thompson, who has a master’s degree in information management from the University of Maryland. B-Line’s breakthrough came when its technology was purchased by Washington University in St. Louis and by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
“When we landed those two, things started snowballing,” Thompson said.”
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.