Waukegan, IL—strong> Monday morning was not the typical start of a work week for a Lake County judge, two attorneys, a university business development manager and three insurance company employees. Instead of being in a court room or in an office, they spent the morning at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan dressed in hospital scrubs while observing surgical procedures such as a colonoscopy, gastric bypass, Cesarean section and more.
The Sept. 9 visit was part of the annual Mini Internship Program that has been coordinated by the Lake County Medical Society since 1989. The program provides legislators, public officials, educators, business leaders, insurance company executives, healthcare reporters and the legal community with a unique opportunity to observe the practice of medicine in today’s ever changing healthcare environment. The experience is designed to give participants a greater appreciation for the medical field. Vista Health System supports the program by allowing participants to closely observe physicians, nurses and other clinical care providers.
“Vista Health System is proud to join with the Lake County Medical Society to bring this unique program our community,” said Barbara Martin, President & CEO of Vista Health System.
Watching the way that surgeons and surgical staffs work together was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, according to James Nakis, a Professional Liability Analyst at ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, a liability insurer for physicians. “I was impressed by the level of expertise and efficiency displayed at this hospital. I have a better appreciation of what goes on in a surgery,” he said.
Edmund Ramsay, Business Development Manager of Nursing and Healthcare at DePaul University, also was left with a lasting impression. “It was an eye-opening experience in many ways for me—observing how technology has made patient surgeries safe and efficient,” Ramsay said.
Dr. Raghu Thunga, an anesthesiologist on staff at Vista and Mini-Internship co-chairman, thanked Vista for its support of the Mini-Internship program. “It gives the legal and insurance professionals an opportunity to see first-hand what happens in surgery,” Dr. Thunga said. “The mini interns leave the program with an enhanced awareness of the practice of medicine.”
Seated L-R: Jacinth Adams, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company; Carissa Parker, ISMIE Mutual Insurance; and Mary Kay Scott, Attorney, Brenner, Monroe, Scott and Anderson.n Standing, L-R: Barbara Martin, President and CEO, Vista Health System; Judge Mitchell Hoffman, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit; James Nakis, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company; Edmund Ramsay, Depaul University; and Amy Anderson, Attorney, Brenner, Monroe, Scott and Anderson.
Interns with Physician: Participants of the 2013 Class of Mini Interns talk with Dr. Raghu Thunga in the ICU at Vista Medical Center East.
Vista Medical Center East
1324 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085