“We are seeing a changing face in the
epidemiology of spinal cord injury,”
explains Edward R. Hammond, M.D.,
Ph.D., a research associate at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at
Kennedy Krieger Institute and another of
the study’s leaders.
The spinal cord injuries captured by
the data for this study were those serious
enough to land the patient in the emergency room and included temporary
bruising to severed or permanently damaged cords that cause paralysis, difficulty
breathing, an inability to fill and empty
the bladder and other motor disabilities.
According to the National Spinal Cord
Injury Statistical Center, lifetime costs of
care for someone with a serious spinal
cord injury can range from $1 million to
$5 million, depending on the age of the
person at the time of injury and the severity of the injury. Improvements in rehab
care are leading to longer life expectancy
among patients with spinal cord injury—
and bigger medical bills.
Other Johns Hopkins researchers involved in the study include Adil H. Haid-er, M.D., M.P.H.; Christopher J. Abular-rage, M.D.; Daniel Becker, M.D.; Nitasha
Dhiman, M.S.P.H.; Omar Hyder, M.D.,
M.S.; and James H. Black III, M.D.
As part of its expansion into the North American market, e|djuster Inc. has appointed Paul Burger as its director of
business development, e|djuster USA.
Burger brings more than 21 years of
sales experience in the property and ca-
sualty realm to this new role, in which
he will lead the company’s U.S. sales ef-
forts and business expansion. Ultimately
Burger be responsible for the promotion
of e|djuster’s software and service solu-
tions, which are designed to help prop-
erty insurance carriers with inventory,
pricing, and the accurate reporting of lost
or damaged items.
“We are thrilled to have Paul join our
team, and we are confident that he will be
able to make a strong contribution in our
efforts to further expand the business in
support of our new market entry to the
more competitive U.S. contents market,”
says Andy Williams, president and CEO
of e-djuster Inc.
According to the company, its products
enable insurance carriers to gain better
control over indemnity while achieving
more accurate and reliable like, kind and
quality (LKQ) pricing. The products offered by e|djuster-USA are also designed
to help adjusters and policyholders alike
achieve fair and equitable claims settlements in a timely manner.
e|djuster Inc. Expands
Across the Pond
The Institutes have partnered with the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to offer a Leadership Development program
designed for managers and supervisors
in the p&c insurance industry.
The five-day interactive seminar will
be held May 18 to May 23, 2014. It will
provide training focused on how to
transition from functional management
to leadership through a greater under-
standing of the insurance industry, busi-
ness and people. Participants will:
• Develop leadership skills to make a pos-
itive impact within their organization.
• Deepen their understanding of organizational dynamics.
• Gain relevant knowledge that will
help them advance up the management ranks.
• Enhance strategic business acumen
and decision-making skills.
• Build a new network of fellow industry participants.
“Our partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison will benefit
those who are looking to advance their
leadership role within their organization,” says Peter L. Miller, CPCU, president and chief executive officer of The
Institutes. “This program provides industry managers and supervisors with
the tools they need to not only emerge
as a leader, but also to implement organizational strategy.”
The Institutes and University
of Wisconsin Pair Up for
P&C Leadership Development
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