News and Speaking
Kezia, our CEO & Chief Innovation Officer is honored to have been asked to speak at several medical conferences, panel discussions, Hack-a-Thons and Innovation Summits. Kezia reflects on her own experience of being a cancer mom and patient when talking about patient safety, patient experience, patient/parent healthcare innovation as well as her own challenges starting a company while battling relapsed Hodgkins Lymphoma, grieving the loss of her daughter to neuroblastoma, and the positive impact her innovations have had in Vascular Access. To book Kezia to speak or participate please contact us at Mike@CareAline.com or call 617-548-7419
Our Founders Bio
Kezia has always been a problem solver, creating and innovating solutions to many every day obstacles. She discovered a need for change in how vascular access lines were being managed during her daughter Saoirse’s treatment for Neuroblastoma. Seeing the impact of this problem on her daughter and her family, she created and iterated the design of the CareAline® Sleeve for PICC Lines and the CVC Wrap for Central Lines while Saoirse was in treatment. Kezia did this while she was battling her own cancer at the same time.
After Saoirse’s death, Kezia and her husband Mike started CareAline Products, LLC and brought her innovations to market. Knowing how they had helped their daughter get through treatment more safely and comfortably inspired Kezia and Mike to make them available to all children and adults with PICC and Central Lines.
CareAline® Sleeves and Wraps are supported by evidence, FDA registered medical devices used buy hospitals, and loved by thousands of patients and caregivers worldwide.
Kezia’s unique, proactive view of healthcare and talents for continuous innovation have spurred the creation of new products and designs to improve quality of life for patients and caregivers that also meet the needs of ever-changing hospital staff workflows and hospital safety protocols.
Kezia has won multiple awards and is on the board of advisors for AI in Medicine and the International Society for Pediatric Innovation (iSPI). She is an Alumni in Residence and a Healthcare Industry Mentor for the 2018 MassChallenge Cohort, where she also drove CareAline to a Gold Winner Award in the 2017 MassChallenge. Kezia is a developer and leader of the Young Innovators Workshop for iSPI’s Pediatric2040 conferences. Kezia is sought after to speak about healthcare innovation from the parent/patient perspective, patient experience and improvement as well as her and her daughter’s journey and experiences in the healthcare world.
When she is not innovating in healthcare, Kezia is first and foremost, a mother of two to her daughter – Saoirse – who died from Neuroblastoma in 2011 at 18-months-old, and son – Lochlan – who is a crazy (and healthy!) five year old. Kezia hopes that someday, no other parent and patient will endure the struggles she has experienced, and that children will be free from toxic treatments and lifelong medical complications. Kezia is a young adult cancer fighter, cancer momcologist and is currently in her second battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She holds a BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago
We have some exciting events coming up. Listed below are current upcoming events, exhibits, and speaking engagements for CareAline and Kezia. We will be adding more as they are available.
Speaking4th Annual HealthTech Venture Network Conference: Female Entrepreneurship
Sat, October 7, 2017
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
Kezia Fitzgerald, CEO and Co-Founder of CareALine Products, LLC, offering empathy and solution through personal experience to those she's helping daily. See how Kezia is innovating an industry and join us in the #femaleentrepreneurship and #HealthTech conversation
Universal Design to motivate innovators to think about accessibility in everything they do. This HubWeek event is hosted by Puffin
October 10th 2017
21 Drydock Ave
Exhibit & Competition
HUBweek's 2017 Demo Day startup showcase.
Saturday, October 14th
11AM – 4PM
CareAline is one of the 6 start ups chosen to pitch on Demo Day and one of the 100 companies chosen to exhibit at this years HubWeek 2017 Demo Day in Boston. We will be showcasing our original innovations.
Exhibit & Competition
MassChallenge Boston Award Ceramony 2017
THU, NOVEMBER 2, 2017, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Our CEO Kezia Fitzgerald and her company CareAline products have been chosen as one of the final 26 companies to move forward to the grand finials of MassChallenge.
AIMed – Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
December 11-14, Laguna Negal, CA
Kezia & Mike, Co-Founders of CareAline will be sitting on the panel “Open Forum And Takeaways With The Experts” highlighting healthcare innovation from a parent perspective.
AVA (Association for Vascular Access) annual scientific meeting Phoenix, AZ
CareAline Booth #418 – “PICC & CVC Securement and Safety”
World Maker Faire 2017
September 23 + 24, 2017, New York City, NY
10AM – 6PM Saturday & Sunday
CareAline will have an exhibit table in the MakerHealth Tent. If you are in NYC that weekend stop by and say Hi.
In the News
DALLAS MAVERICKS DELIVER NEW PEDIATRIC SLEEVES AND WRAPS TO MEDICAL CITY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Please watch and share this Fox Sports Southwest interview with CareAline CEO and Chief Innovation Officer Kezia. Thank you Mark Cuban , Medical City Children's Hospital Dallas Mavericks Zaza Pachulia and SXSW #ImpactPediatricHealth #Share #Forbes #cnnhealth #cnnsports
CAREALINE PRODUCTS SWEEPS ALL THREE 1ST PLACE AWARDS AT THIS YEARS IMPACT PEDIATRIC HEALTH AT SXSW 2015
We are excited to announce that CareAline Products won the following awards
- 1st place from Venture Capitalists
- 1st place from the Hospital Executives
- 1st Place special Mark Cuban award
FIRST PLACE WINNERS AT THE 2014 BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GLOBAL PEDIATRIC INNOVATION SUMMIT + AWARDS
Line Infections and Safer Line Management take center stage with Daymond John of Shark Tank and FUBU and a full panel of judges at the Innovation Tank at the Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards
Watch Daymond John of Shark Tank and FUBU give us an award at the 2014 Boston Children's Hospital Global Innovation Summit in Boston on October 31st, 2014
Links to media coverage
Pediatric innovation summit & Industry links
Boston Children's Hospital's own Technology and Innovation Vectorblog.org wrote an article on how parents innovate out of necessity to solve a long going problem on how to safely secure lines and caps from PICC and Central lines with out the use of tape: (the following 2 blog posts are from 2011 and written before we started production on our products.