A shared dedication to emergency education

For over 100 years, Swiss Re and St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan have answered the call and served New York City in times of crisis. Swiss Re and St. Vincent’s share a responsibility to help people prepare for emergency situations, and the two have joined forces to open the city’s newest high-tech training facility for first responders, including paramedics and EMTs.

Thanks to a grant from Swiss Re, St. Vincent’s has just opened the Swiss Re Center for Emergency Education, a state of the art facility featuring a fully-wired conference room, a 200-seat capacity auditorium and three simulator rooms that put students in near-real situations that teach them vital lifesaving procedures.

The facility is the latest addition to this significant New York institution, whose rich history of serving New York's citizens in times of tragedy includes treating victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and even aiding the survivors of the Titanic.

Representatives of Swiss Re, including Group CEO Jacques Aigrain, joined St. Vincent’s executives and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to officially open the center on September 29, 2008.

“As Manhattan’s only Trauma Center serving the West Side below 59th Street, St. Vincent’s plays a critical role in our City’s disaster preparedness and response plans,” said Henry Amoroso, President and CEO of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. “Thanks to our friends at Swiss Re, we now have a high-tech center to train the next generation of emergency first responders as well as enhancing the knowledge base of our physicians and nurses.”

“We are very pleased to support St. Vincent’s in the opening of the new Swiss Re Center for Emergency Education in Manhattan,” stated Jacques at the opening ceremony. “The dedicated work of the staff at St. Vincent’s and the remarkable efforts of first responders in the New York metro area will be enhanced by the training and meeting facilities available in the center.”

Jacques noted that Swiss Re’s support of St. Vincent’s dates back to 2001, after the attacks on the world Trade Center.

Like St. Vincent’s, Swiss Re is a “responder” to major catastrophic events, having provided funding for the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake as well as aiding in the recovery and rebuilding after 9-11 and hurricanes such as Katrina and Andrew.

Also representing Swiss Re at the event were Executive Committee Member Andreas Beerli, Head of Property Matthias Weber, Head of Admin Re Weldon Wilson, Head of Asset Management David Blumer and Head of Americas Communications Steve Dishart.

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