Broad and Cassel Scholarships Support Continuing Education for Risk Managers

Thanks to a fund established by statewide law firm Broad and Cassel, health care risk managers are able to continue their education through participation in their professional organizations’ state and national conferences. Established in memory of the longtime director of risk and insurance services for Broward Health, who passed away in April 2013, the Broad and Cassel Sandra Collins Johnson Memorial Education Fund allows a risk manager from Broward Health to attend the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management’s (ASHRM) Annual Conference and six risk managers from throughout Florida to attend the annual conference of the Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety (FSHRMPS).

Maribeth Schmidt, R.N., B.S., an employee of Broward Health since 1976, received the 2014 Broad and Cassel Sandra Collins Johnson Memorial Scholarship and will participate in the October ASHRM event in Anaheim, Calif. The scholarship is administered through the Broward Health Foundation.

“We are grateful to Broad and Cassel for this unique opportunity to support our risk management professionals,” said Dennis Stefanacci, ACFRE, the president and CEO of the Broward Health Foundation. “Continuing education for staff members who hold such critical positions benefits all who use the hospital’s services.”

The following risk managers attended the August FSHRMPS event thanks to support from the Broad and Cassel scholarship fund: Vicky Audrain, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel; Geovanna Dominguez, Central Florida Cares Health System, Inc.; Vicki Marsee, Hospital Corporation of America; Frances Nash, Florida Hospital System; Vicki Pellenz, Fawcett Memorial Hospital; and Arnez Wotring, USF Health Endoscopy and Surgery Center.

 “One of the core principles that guided Sandy’s professional life was doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reason,” said Broad and Cassel Partner Vanessa Reynolds, who is a Florida Bar Board-Certified Health Law Attorney and is certified in healthcare privacy compliance (CHPC).  “Each of these scholarship recipients represents a dedication to the same kind of quality, integrity and professionalism exemplified by Sandy. We’re proud to be able to support them in their careers.”

According to Kenneth Nanni, executive director of FSHRMPS, these scholarships enable some risk managers to attend the conference for the first time. “Continuing education budgets at health care institutions across the state have been cut in recent years,” he said. “This fund allows risk managers to remain relevant and effective in their professional roles.”

Johnson was an active member of FSHRMPS, serving on the board from 1998 through 2004 and as president for two terms. In 2011, she received the society’s Professional Recognition Award. She also was active in ASHRM as a director, frequent committee member and conference speaker.  Johnson was a member of the advisory board for the publication Healthcare Risk Management, published by American Health Consultants, and held positions on the Broward County Risk and Insurance Management Society Board of Directors. An avid supporter of the American Cancer Society, Johnson sponsored numerous Relay for Life events to raise money for cancer research.      

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