Swiss Re Center trainings and other activities - April 2009

Since the opening in September 2008, the Swiss Re Center for Emergency Education at St. Vincent's has trained thousands of first responders, held healthcare educational and screening programs and hosted a press conference by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on health policy.

Swiss Re Center for Emergency Education

  • The Swiss Re Center holds all levels of Emergency Medical Education, from Community CPR Training, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support programs
  • In the Swiss Re Center, the St. Vincent’s Institute of Emergency Care trains over 200 EMTs and Paramedics a year and over 2,000 people a year in CPR (St. Vincent physicians, nurses, physician assistants, paramedics, as well as 1,000 members of the New York City Police Department, 200 Jacob Javits Center Security Department employees, 100 Columbia University students and faculty, 200 Saint Francis Xavier parishioners)
  • The Center holds classes every day of the week, including weekends.
  • The training space aids in the hospital’s ability to promote emergency response to the community at large and makes St. Vincent’s the top training center in NYC.
  • The simulation room in the Swiss Re center has proven to be an excellent recruitment tool for new emergency medical staff.
  • St. Vincent’s has held 16 orientation sessions for new employees in the Swiss Re Center.
  • There have been important healthcare educational and screening programs open to the public held in the Swiss Re Center including a “Go Red Day” – women’s heart health screening, as well as lectures entitled “Living Well with Diabetes,” and “Relief from Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – Finding Your Way Through Treatment Options.”
  • Attorney General Andrew Cuomo held a press conference in the Swiss Re Center to announce an important decision affecting health policy in New York and across the country.

Swiss Re's collaboration with St. Vincent's has enabled the hospital to enhance and expand their offerings in emergency training and preparedness


Patient & Staff Safety, Bonnie Lingley

Bonnie Lingley, R.N., A.A.S. is an Education Specialist for Critical Care and the Emergency Department at St. Vincent’s Manhattan. She recently shared a story about the importance of providing continuing education. This past month the New York State Department of Health presented a program entitled ‘Safety Training for the Mental Health Workers in the Community.’ 

“As a result of the program, and because we were able to utilize the Swiss Re Auditorium and Training Facility, we were provided with critical “hands-on” training. When we work with psychiatric patients, situations can easily escalate and become unmanageable. Because of both the program and the facility, we were able to learn from each other and better assess our own abilities to help “defuse” a situation which ultimately helps ensure both the safety of the patient as well as the health care provider. "


Paramedic Trainees Barbara Kenney and Cartlon Wright

After years in different professions, Barbara Kenney and Cartlon Wright wanted to do more to serve the communities in which they live.

Both are a part of the Institute’s 28th Training Class for Paramedics at St. Vincent’s, but they are the very first class to use and have access to the Swiss Re Center. Paramedic Robert Levy has been at St. Vincent’s for 29-years and is a trainer in the program. 

“The Institute at St. Vincent’s has a national reputation and has attracted students throughout the tri-state area. Having the support of Swiss Re has helped raise the program—and what we can offer—to a new level.”  

Barbara and Carlton were also thankful for Swiss Re’s commitment to St. Vincent’s and Emergency Medicine training. 

“We have equipment—from Audio Visual to hands-on clinical items—that makes St. Vincent’s the number one program. Swiss Re’s support has helped prepare us for the life and death situations we will face, and this training will help us save a life. We couldn’t ask for more.”

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