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With J.P. Orlando, Ed.D ’96, it’s all about perspective—from learning to appreciate different viewpoints as a student to blending disparate opinions to lead successful learning initiatives in healthcare.
Dr. Orlando recently joined Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia as its assistant vice president of academic affairs and its designated institutional officer for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Among his duties is overseeing the professional simulation training center, which allows residents, nurses, and advanced practice clinicians to sharpen their patient care skills.
“There is an increasing realization at the bedside that providing high quality care is a team sport. Healthcare professionals are graded on their individual efforts in school, yet they are graded as a team by patients and families once at bedside or during a doctor visit,” says Dr. Orlando, who earned a master’s degree from Temple University and master’s and doctorate degrees from The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.
“Simulation training brings the team together to practice vital clinical and team-based skills, ensuring safer passage for patients and their families when needed most. It has a measurable impact on patient outcomes. That’s one of the reasons why I love what I do.”
When he was a director of medical education at Lehigh Valley Health Network, its initiative to reduce infections and complications from central lines was recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The team that Dr. Orlando co-led received an Outstanding Leadership Award for Achievements in Eliminating Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections.
Understanding other perspectives is something Dr. Orlando took seriously as a double major in management and political science at Moravian. He also learned a lot outside the classroom in a variety of activities, from sports to internships and study abroad, to his role as a student trustee on the Board of Trustees. Today, he is a member of Moravian Leadership Council, adjunct professor of management for the Moravian MBA, and host for student interns.
“Why I’m doing what I’m doing now is because Moravian instilled in me a deep sense of service to others and understanding how different perspectives are the seeds of creativity, innovation and purposeful change—much needed skills in today’s healthcare world,” he says. “College is about growing professionally and personally, and Moravian gives you the unique opportunity to do both, allowing you to explore, find what you like, and be challenged to see and reach your potential.”
"Moravian instilled in me a deep sense of service to others."