Developed by neonatologist, Anthony Orsini, D.O. and Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento, BBN programs teach physicians how to effectively and compassionately break bad news. The way the physician delivers information has a significant impact on patients and families.
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Read About BBN Foundation in the News
Pediatric Residents Simulate Tragedy to Learn Compassion. Read the article.
Program Helps Doctors Take a Unique Look at Patient Interaction. Read the article
Actors Help Healthcare Providers Develop Better Patient Communication Skills. Read the article
The Orlando Sentinel
Doctors Learn How to Give Bad News to Patients, . Read the article
New Jersey Monthly
Good News About Bad News. Read the article.
Morristown Docs Learn the Art of Breaking Bad News. Read the article.
The Star Ledger
Doctors Train to Deliver Bad News Better with Morristown Medical Center. Read the article.
The Art of Breaking Bad News. Read the article.
Med Page Today
Breaking Bad News Lives On. Read the article
Dr. Sheryl Vassallo, Pediatric Hospitalist and Palliative Care, Goryeb Children's Hospital, Morristown, NJ
Dr. Vassallo attended St. George’s University School of medicine and completed her Pediatric residency at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey. She received special training in Palliative Care following her Pediatric residency. She remains at Goryeb Children’s Hospital as an attending Pediatric Hospitalist and the Director of Pediatric Palliative Care. Dr. Vassallo was first introduced to the BBN Foundation when it was just a vision of Dr. Anthony Orsini’s. She has been an instructor from its inception and has witnessed first-hand the unique ability the program has at transforming its participants. “Communication is a vital part of being a physician but is not readily taught throughout a young physicians training.
In February of 2012, Dr. Orsini and Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento completed the very first Breaking Bad News Program at Goryeb Children's Hospital, Morristown, NJ. Over 30 pediatric residents were trained using the BBN model of experiential learning in January 2012 and again in February 2012. Dr. Walter Rosenfeld, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital saw the value and potential of the program. Today Goryeb Children's Hospital and Atlantic Health Systems are part of our Center of Excellence program.