Conventus Partners with the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Foundation in Establishing Medical Simulation Training Center
(Woodbridge, NJ) July 21, 2010 – Conventus Inter-Insurance Exchange is proud to announce its donation of $25,000 to support the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Foundation’s development of a Regional Perinatal Simulation Center to provide the latest medical training technology to the East Coast. With the most innovative solution in clinical training, this Simulation Center will offer physicians and members of the medical community a way to experience the most dangerous OB/GYN emergencies in training scenarios simulated on a full-size, life-like birthing simulator doll.
“Throughout history simulation training has been used to lead the way to improve safety,” said Russell L. Harrell, M.D., Chairman of Conventus’ Risk Management Committee. “It is exciting to see this same model being applied to advance healthcare for physicians and patients alike. Conventus is truly a unique solution for New Jersey physicians in that it is constantly looking for ways to help doctors and protect their patients. The Simulation Center lends itself precisely to this goal, which is why the enthusiasm showed by the Conventus Board of Governors in response to supporting this initiative was not at all surprising. This is a terrific opportunity to help our insureds as well as the entire physician community.”
The development of the simulation center has been spearheaded by Richard Miller, M.D., Chairperson, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and a Conventus member-owner. The center will serve as the clinical training and education institution for the medical community in helping physicians protect their patients by performing and observing real-life best practices of handling dangerous OB/GYN emergencies on a highly technologically-advanced simulator doll.
“At Conventus our number one priority is protecting our physician-members and helping them promote patient safety and quality care throughout New Jersey,” stated Lyn W. Winters, President and Chief Underwriting Officer, Conventus Inter-Insurance Exchange. “When our physician Board of Governors first learned of the development of the Simulation Center by Saint Barnabas, there was instantaneous agreement that we have to get involved. We are proud to be the first medical professional liability insurance company to support this cutting edge educational center, as it directly aligns with our vision of innovation. This Center brings promise to the technological progress in medical training that will provide doctors with a safe environment to refine the skills they need to save lives.”
Conventus Inter-Insurance Exchange is the only medical professional liability insurance company in New Jersey that is 100% owned and governed by its physician members. Formed in response to New Jersey’s medical professional liability insurance crisis, Conventus is a non-assessable reciprocal insurance exchange that is managed by experts in the property and casualty insurance industry. Its management team has extensive experience in medical professional liability insurance and in managing underwriting results for companies like Conventus.
Pictured above are Deborah Morrone-Colella, Vice President, Saint Barnabas Medical Center Foundation; John Karlen, former President of Conventus; Russell Harrell, M.D., Chairman of Conventus’ Risk Management Committee; Wendy Warren, M.D., Vice Chairperson Conventus Inter Insurance Exchange; Richard Miller, M.D., Chairman, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Susan Lieberman, VP of Risk Management for Conventus; and Henry Rosenberg, M.D., Director Medical Education and Research, Saint Barnabas Medical Center