Summit Medical Group Receives State Grant for 'I AM SMG' Customized Training

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Summit Medical Group received a Customized Training Grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

SMG's focus is always on our patients

Berkeley Heights -- Summit Medical Group (SMG) was the recent recipient of a Customized Training Grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD).

Donna Stoveken, manager of SMG’s training and education department, worked with William Paterson University and their subcontractor, TNT Educational Services, to obtain the grant. “SMG's focus is always on our patients,” said Stoveken. “This grant allows our staff to receive a full range of valuable training, so they may continue to provide the exceptional patient care that has been our hallmark since 1929.”

Upon receipt of the grant, SMG launched a customer service initiative, called “I AM SMG.” The initiative is broken down into different training components focusing on a customer service topic of the month such as image, accountability, communication, and service and hospitality. Staff attend two-hour sessions once a month. “This initiative will enhance the professionalism and education of all employees and is part of SMG’s continued efforts towards superior service to the community,” added Stoveken.

According to the LWD department website, the Customized Training Grant program was established in 1992. It is a powerful development tool designed to create and retain high-skill, high-wage private sector jobs in New Jersey, as a means to ensure productive, globally competitive workers.

About Summit Medical Group

Summit Medical Group pioneered information technology advances in healthcare with its early adoption of electronic health records and e-prescribing. With over 150 highly qualified physicians, it is one of the most unique healthcare models in the state. The Group has been named as one of the "Fifty Fastest Growing Companies" in the state by NJBiz Magazine and has a national award-winning customer service program. SMG treats over 55,000 patients per month at its main campus in Berkeley Heights, and area satellites in Berkeley Heights, Morristown, Shorts Hills, Summit, Warren, and Westfield. Summit Medical Group plays a major role in the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) along with the Mayo Clinic, the Lahey Clinic and the Geisinger Clinic. As one of the premier multi-specialty groups on the East Coast, Summit Medical Group has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more information, visit


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