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From the May ACP Observer, copyright 2007 by the American College of Physicians.

ACP partners with new insurance firm

ACP will be expanding and enhancing its insurance offerings through Marsh Affinity Group Services, a service of Seabury & Smith, Inc., which will manage the College's member group insurance program beginning in January 2008. Seabury and Affinity Group Services are part of Marsh Inc., the world's leading risk and services firm.

ACP EVP and CEO, John Tooker, MD, MBA said, "Marsh is an industry leader known for its emphasis on insurers' financial strength, extensive product selection and strong customer service. After a careful review of proposals from eight potential broker/administrators, ACP's Member Insurance Subcommittee and Finance Committee recommended and ACP's Board of Regents approved of the selection of Marsh, agreeing that Marsh had the most to offer ACP members in terms of its extensive product portfolio, its use of technology to maximize service, and its ability to design innovative products for our diverse membership."

Marsh's strengths also include the ability to provide personalized product offerings, 24-hour access to its insurance information via the web, and options to meet the needs of ACP's international members. Marsh Affinity Group Services provides life and health, professional liability, and other property/casualty insurance programs for members of associations and affinity groups. It serves more than 350 membership organizations, including more than 95 professional medical associations. Marsh's parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), is a global professional services firm, in business since 1871.

An important aspect of the College's decision in selecting Marsh was that members, currently insured through ACP's group insurance program, will see a continuation of their current plans with no disruption in service. Marsh does business with the same insurance companies as the current broker/administrator, assuring that insured members will be able to continue with their current plans.

During 2007, the College's current insurance vendor, Group Insurance Administrators (GIA), will continue to provide the same level of service and commitment to ACP and its members that they've always shown, while working with Marsh to ensure a smooth transition of operations by January 2008. Dr. Tooker added, "The College is grateful for the many years of excellent service that GIA has delivered to ACP members."

Questions about the ACP Group Insurance Program can be directed to ACP Director of Membership Development, Rebecca Moore, at rmoore@acponline.org. For more information on Marsh, visit here.

ACP chapters honor award winners and Laureates

ACP chapters have honored members with Laureate Awards and presented others to outstanding members, Fellows and Masters who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research or service to their community, their region, their chapter, and ACP. The following individuals received chapter awards:

Central America
Rigoberto Samaniego, MD, Volunteerism & Community Service Marco A. Lopez, FACP, Laureate Award

Colorado
Robert B. Gibbons, FACP, Laureate Award
Richard H Miranda, MD, Volunteerism & Community Service

Delaware
Robert B. Brereton, FACP, Laureate Award
Stephen R. Permut, FACP, Laureate Award

Georgia
Jacqueline W. Fincher, MD, Laureate Award
Jada C. Bussey-Jones, MD, Atlanta, Volunteerism & Community Service
Hamilton Jordan, Sr., Leadership Award

Hawaii
James E. Hastings, FACP, Laureate Award

Iowa
Edward J. Hertko, FACP, Volunteerism & Community Service
Scott A. Vogelgesang, FACP, Laureate Award
Paul M. Seebohm, FACP, Chapter Excellence
Lisa A. Veach, FACP, Laureate Award

Louisiana
Charles W. Hilton Jr., FACP, Laureate Award
George H. Karam, FACP, Laureate Award

Mississippi
David I Hirsch, FACP, Laureate Award

Maryland
Roy C. Ziegelstein, FACP, Theodore E. Woodward, Teaching
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, Mary Betty Stevens, Volunteerism
Issam E. Cheikh, FACP, Samuel Asper, Best Doctor
Regina M. Gan-Carden, MD, Governor's Catalyst

Nevada
Jerry Cade, MD, Volunteerism & Community Service

New Jersey
Laura H. Kahn, FACP, Laureate Award

New York Downstate
Janice M. Barnhart, FACP, Laureate Award
Ethan D. Fried, FACP, Laureate Award
Patricia L. Hale, FACP, Laureate Award
James E. Cimino, FACP, Laureate Award

North Carolina
Rex M. McCallum, FACP, Laureate Award
Marco A. Aleman, MD, Volunteerism & Community Service

Puerto Rico
Julian Vazquez-Plard, FACP, Laureate Award

Virginia
Laurel D. Tschirgi, FACP, Laureate Award
W. Hal Cragun, FACP, Laureate Award

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