CEO Column Inspira's Commitment to Education By John DiAngelo, Inspira Health President and CEO Our commitment begins right inside our medical centers with our residency programs, where we train medical school graduates across a wide range of specialties. Enrolled in our nine accredited residency programs are 161 residents and fellows. These residents and fellows are eager to learn from our physicians and all clinicians. They also bring new perspectives to health care that can enhance the way we provide care. We also participate in a number of activities focused on health care innovation. Inspira Medical Center Vineland recently hosted a regional medical simulation symposium at our Jane and Peter Galetto, Jr. Simulation Center. The event, which was attended by people from health care and academia, showcased the latest innovations in medical simulation training. Medical simulation helps our staff enhance their clinical expertise and their patient interaction skills in a learning environment. We’re fortunate to be surrounded by several colleges and universities in South Jersey. When we needed innovative web applications, we turned to students for their ideas in a “reverse pitch” contest. The winning team, two Rowan University students who submitted proposals for two new apps, outlined their approach for creating apps that would meet our needs. They’ll receive $20,000 for completing each app. I’m especially excited about our ongoing relationship with the students at Vineland Public School’s Applied Math and Science Academy. When we learned that these students were presenting ideas for some health-related smartphone apps, we were impressed. We visited the school and recognized how we could support their learning goals by providing coding software and some additional funding for the school. What’s been rewarding is our mentorship program where these students pair with our employees to learn how their studies are being applied in today’s health care field. Through another partnership with the Vineland Public Schools for the IMPACT Parent Linking Program, we provide services such as child care and transportation to pregnant and parenting high schoolers. This year, I’m proud to share that we awarded five Vineland high school graduates with scholarships for the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at the Cumberland County Technical Education Center. At Fitness Connection in Vineland, our Garden Area Health Education Center (AHEC) hosted a Youth Career Exploration Camp to help keep kids curious and engaged over the summer. During this middle school program, students learned about health care career choices, local colleges and career tracks. Our commitment to education is shared by our medical staffs who fulfill a generous tradition of awarding scholarships to Inspira employees and their families for studying in healthcare-related programs. We’re committed to doing good with the resources we have, which is why we are always looking for new opportunities to enrich learning.