The Capital Health System Emergency Services Training Center recently held international trauma life support classes along the Delaware River. Holding classes along the river was the idea of clinical education assistants James Ogle Jr. and Scott McConnell. The pair thought that using an outdoor “classroom” would be a way to provide instruction in a new, thought-provoking way.

Their idea was based on the same team-building model that companies use for softball games or paintball expeditions. It morphed into a fun way to provide education without the sometimes mundane classroom setting.

“When they passed the idea to me, I thought it was ingenious,” Bill Rosen, clinical coordinator, said in a prepared statement. “This was a great way to attract students and provide something fun while they learn and refine their skills.”

Day one of the two-day course was held in a classroom, but on day two the students and instructors took buses to a Delaware tubing and rafting company in Frenchtown. The practical stations were performed on the islands and banks of the Delaware over a six-mile stretch. The student groups paddled rafts between stations while their instructors paddled their own kayaks and used a boat provided by the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad. “There were some logistical issues,” said Ogle in a prepared statement, “but all in all, the class went very well.”

Princeton HealthCare System’s HomeCare Services Hospice Program is offering an eight-week volunteer training course in Monroe Township in October. The program is seeking compassionate and caring people to visit hospice patients who have chosen to die at home and are being cared for by their families and the Hospice Program team.

The course is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 16, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. Subsequent training sessions take place on October 23 and 30, November 13, 20 and 27, and December 4 and 11. Sessions are held at 11 Centre Drive in Monroe.

The hospice program serves patients in Mercer and parts of Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Volunteers can choose the areas they prefer. Volunteers are currently needed for the Monroe, Cranbury, Hightstown, Hamilton Township, East Windsor, West Windsor and Plainsboro.

To learn more about supporting Hospice patients, their families or to register for the eight-week training course, call Helaine Isaacs at 609-497-4959

Dr. Linda Sieglen, a board certified anesthesiologist at University Medical Center at Princeton and chair of anesthesiology, was named interim vice president for medical affairs on July 14. In this role, Dr. Sieglen serves as a liaison between medical staff and administration, and the Princeton HealthCare System board of trustees.

Dr. Sieglen was the first female president of the medical and dental staff, from 1997-99. She became a trustee in 2001, and serves as the chair of the ethics committee and a member of the human resources committee.

Dr. Sieglen received a bachelor of science degree from Boston College and her medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She interned in the department of anesthesiology at UMDNJ-University Hospital in Newark, and was a resident in the department of anesthesiology at St. Barnabas Medical Center.

Dr. Sieglen and her family reside in Princeton.

Karla Stein has been named vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Foundation.

Stein comes to the foundation from the American Heart Association, where she was senior vice president, major gifts for New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Stein has also served as executive director of the American Cancer Society, Mercer County Chapter, and has worked as an international sales director for Lenox China and Crystal.

Stein is a graduate from the University of Evansville in Indiana. She is involved in several community initiatives, including serving as vice president of the Lawrence Township Community Foundation and president of Dollars for Scholars. Stein has two sons and lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

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