I am appreciative to the Board of Directors for the opportunity to become the fifth President and CEO of LAMMICO. My predecessor, Dr. Tom Grimstad, guided the Company with wisdom, and I am thankful for the time that he spent with me to ensure a smooth transition. While I have served on the Board and various committees for over 20 years, in my new role I have gained a deeper appreciation for what a wonderful company LAMMICO is. I have been struck by the dedication of our employees to the Company and its insureds.
While I miss my practice of General Surgery in Alexandria with a great group of surgeons and friends, I look forward to this new role. My perspective has always been that our work with LAMMICO is a mission. The Company was founded in 1981 by a progressive group of physicians in response to a lack of availability of stable and affordable medical liability insurance. We will continue with that mission, and continue to enhance our service to healthcare providers. Our mission has grown from insuring only physicians in Louisiana to also providing affordable coverage for healthcare facilities and other healthcare providers, as well as coverage in Arkansas and other states. We continue to stress patient safety and risk management education through our subsidiary, Medical Interactive Community, and offer a variety of other insurance coverages and products through our subsidiary agency, Elatas Risk Partners.
We will continue to search for new and innovative ways that we can be of service to you. We will continue to work for you to ensure the stability of the Medical Malpractice Act. Most importantly, we will continue to provide stable medical liability insurance so that your practice of medicine can thrive.
The strong Presidents that have preceded me served LAMMICO well. I look forward to working with Dr. Jeff White, our new Chairman, and the entire Board of Directors as we lead LAMMICO into the future. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if there is anything that we can do for you.
J. Michael Conerly, M.D., MBA