Crash Course Conference at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Draws a Large Audience

Friday, March 13, 2009

Eric Poe; Diana Starace, Injury Prevention Coordinator at RWJUH; Pam Fischer

Liz Orlando, Diana Starace, Greg Gecik

Wendy Berk presents “Alive at 25”

New Brunswick, N.J. – More than 130 people attended last night’s “Crash Course: A Survival Guide for Teens, Parents and Professionals,” held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH). The well-received program was sponsored by the Level One Trauma Center at RWJUH.

The evening’s presenters included Pam Fischer, director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety; Eric Poe, chief operating officer at auto insurer CURE; Joanne Miller and Scott Turansky of “Effective Parenting,” a Lawrenceville-based company that offers parenting seminars nationwide; and young crash survivor Greg Gecik and his mom, Liz Orlando, who closed the conference with “Reflections,” a poem she wrote about a young car-crash victim who passed away after five years in a coma.

The Crash Course conference also included dinner, tools and resources to promote safe driving, as well as “Alive at 25,” a program for teens led by Wendy Berk of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.

RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care, from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation; cancer care; and women’s and children’s care, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (

The hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. It ranks among “America’s Best Hospitals,” according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 survey; it is the sixth consecutive year that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious ranking. Also in 2012, U.S.News & World Report ranked BMSCH among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH among the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence


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