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     Inspira Expands Physician            programs across its three hospitals. That   Jersey. The contributions of each resident                     former Underwood Memorial Hospital
     Training Programs                    number will grow to more than 250 as the   and fellow are invaluable to our patients,                      launched a Family Medicine program that
                                                                               community, and staff. We welcome them,
                                          new three-year programs reach capacity in
        Thirty-six young physicians are   2023.                                and we thank our residency program                                    continued through 2020.
     beginning their formal training as members   “We are in a pivotal moment for health   faculty for the mentoring and training they
     of the first class of medical residents at   care, and I could not think of a better time   provide.”
     Inspira’s hospitals in Mullica and Elmer.   for the addition of these new programs,”   The three three-year training programs
     They join 165 residents and fellows at   said Amy Mansue, president and CEO of   bring 12 internal medicine residents,
     Inspira Medical Center Vineland, creating   Inspira Health. “Just ten years ago, Inspira   six Family Medicine residents and six
     one of the largest physician training   hosted its first class of residents in Vineland   Emergency Medicine residents to Inspira
     programs in South Jersey. With new   and now we are training 200-plus residents   Medical Centers Elmer and Mullica
     residency programs in Internal Medicine,   and fellows across our medical centers. As a   Hill each year. The Transitional (1-year
     Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine,   network focused on the patient experience   multispecialty) Internship brings 12
     and a Transitional (1-year multispecialty)   and clinical excellence, it’s a privilege and   residents annually. In total, these programs   First-year Internal Medicine residents
                                                                                                                   Riddhi Gandhi, M.D., and Aryan Abrahimi,
     Internship, Inspira now trains 201   a great responsibility to train the next   had more than 2,000 applicants for their   D.O., discuss treatment options at Inspira
     physicians in 13 nationally accredited   generation of physicians right here in South   initial 36 positions.  Medical Center Mullica Hill.

       NJDA Secretary of Agriculture Issues Statement About Spotted Lanternfly                                        “The care that patients receive at Inspira  Transitional Year resident Rylen Stratford,
                                                                                                                                                     D.O., left, and first-year Family Medicine
          New Jersey residents continue to be                                                                      Mullica Hill is already state-of-the-art,”   resident Laurel Macey, M.D., right, meet
       extremely concerned about the invasive                                                                      said Michael Geria, D.O., vice president   with hospitalist Bibbin George, M.D., seated,
       Spotted Lanternfly  (SLF), leading the                                                                      of Academic Affairs and director of the   and Meagan Vermeulen, M.D., program
       New Jersey Department of Agriculture                                                                        residency program. “Having residents   director of Family Medicine residency for
       to field many phone calls, emails, and                                                                      in-house and around the clock, armed with  Inspira Medical Centers Mullica and Elmer.
       other messages asking what residents                                                                        the latest education that medical schools
       can do when they find SLF in their                                                                          around the country can offer, will only   State Enters Year 2 of
       communities.                                                                                                enhance that care.”               Charge Up Electric Vehicle
          SLF, Lycorma delicatula, is a                                                                               Inspira’s residency and fellowship
       relatively new pest to the United States,                                                                   programs offer one-of-a-kind educational   Rebate Program
       initially discovered in  Berks County,                                                                      opportunities for young physicians who   The New Jersey Board of Public
       PA in 2014. It is native to Southeast                                                                       receive real-world training by working side- Utilities (NJBPU) opened Year 2 of its
       Asia and poses a threat to forests,                                                                         by-side with highly skilled and experienced  Charge Up New Jersey electric vehicle
       ornamental trees, and agricultural                                                                          members of the Inspira medical staff.   (EV) incentive program recently taking
       commodities. It was first discovered in                                                                     Residents receive dynamic hands-on and   one more step toward the Murphy
       New Jersey in 2018.                                                                                         classroom training from more than 100   Administration’s goal of getting 330,000
          All life stages of this insect, from                                                                     physicians who make up the residency   EVs on the road by 2025. Charge Up New
       nymph to adult, can fly, hop, or drop                                                                       faculties.                        Jersey provides a rebate of up to $5,000
       right into or onto vehicles—and can                                                                            The residency programs at Inspira’s   toward a new EV purchased or leased in
       easily and quickly be spread. Residents                                                                     hospitals now include:            New Jersey. The incentive is available
       are asked to check their vehicles before                                                                       • Family Medicine (Elmer/Mullica Hill   exclusively as a “point-of-sale” rebate
       driving and destroy any nymph or adult SLF they find on them.                                               and Vineland)                     applied during the purchase or leasing
          Currently, 48 federal and state personnel are conducting surveys and treatments against this  insect throughout the state. A   • Internal Medicine (Elmer/Mullica Hill  process at dealerships and requires a valid
       total of 924,128 acres are involved in the project, with treatments  occurring on 22,328 acres across 584 properties.   and Vineland)         New Jersey driver’s license to get started.
          The Department has also asked all municipalities to put the Department’s SLF information and  links on their websites.   • Emergency Medicine (Elmer/Mullica   Only EVs registered and purchased in
       This will help inform residents and businesses about this insect and what  they can do to prevent accidental movement.    Hill and Vineland)   New Jersey are eligible.
          The Department needs this support, and the ongoing help of residents, to continue fighting this  battle that is vitally   • Transitional one-year Multispecialty   “Transportation is responsible for over
       important to the future of New Jersey agriculture. The NJDA continues  working closely with the USDA and Rutgers   Internship (Elmer/Mullica Hill and   40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas
       University to coordinate a state and federal  response that brings all available resources to bear.         Vineland)                         emissions, as well as harmful air pollution,
          It will take everyone’s determination to bring this outbreak under control. When you see SLF you  are encouraged   • General Surgery (Vineland)  which often disproportionately impact
       to destroy them and remove egg masses from trees, plants or other surfaces.  To report sightings and find treatment   • Orthopedic Surgery (Vineland)  overburdened communities,” said Joseph L.
       recommendations go to and click on  the Spotted Lanternfly photo. Sightings can also be reported by emailing    • Obstetrics and Gynecology (Vineland)  Fiordaliso, NJBPU president. “Electrifying                                                                                   • Foot and Ankle Surgery/Podiatry   the transportation sector is a core strategy
          Remember to “Join the Battle, Beat the Bug! Stomp it Out!”                                               (Vineland)                        of Gov. Murphy’s Energy Master Plan
          All of us working together can help keep this invasive insect from creating devastating damage to  New Jersey’s vital   • Critical Care Fellowship (Vineland)   because it will help tackle climate change
       agricultural industry. We thank you for your help in this effort.                                              The history of residency programs at   while improving public health and air
                                                                                                                   Inspira dates back to the 1980s when the   quality. Making EVs more affordable will
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