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For Immediate Release:  April 24, 2017

AtlantiCare, Gift of Life Donor Program
honor donors, healthcare teams 

AtlantiCare providers and staff and representatives of Gift of Life gathered Friday, April 14 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus to mark Donate Life Month and to remember and honor the lives of donors who made life-saving organ and tissue donations.

Charisse Payne Pam Peterson JUliann Henry Margaret BelfieldLeft to right are Charisse Payne, Gift of Life hospital service representative; Pamela Peterson, corporate director, Customer Experience, AtlantiCare; Rev. Juliann Henry, MDIV, manager, Pastoral Care, ARMC; and Margaret Belfield, BSN, RN, MSN, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Clinical Services, AtlantiCare. Gift of Life recognized Henry and Peterson for their contributions to the program.

“Donation is about hope,” said Rebecca Johnson, RN, BSN, clinical manager, Critical Care, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus. “2016 was a challenging year. But through these tragedies, we have found hope and helped spread hope through life-saving organ and tissue donations made by patients and families.”

Members of the Battipaglia family, of Somers Point, were also in attendance, honoring the life of their son and brother, Vincent. “This was one of the toughest things we have ever gone through,” said Vincent’s brother, Gregory Battipaglia. “AtlantiCare’s staff was absolutely amazing. We developed personal connections with Vincent’s nurses. When they asked if we wanted something good to come out of this, we said yes. Because of this opportunity, he saved two lives.”

Battipaglia family William AdamsThe Battipaglia Family flanks Williams Adams, DO, critical care physician, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, who cared for their son and brother, Vincent. The family joined ARMC staff and providers April 14 for a luncheon honoring organ donors and their families.

In 2016, donors at AtlantiCare’s City and Mainland Campuses made 64 life-saving organ donations, including 37 kidneys, fourteen livers, three hearts, eight lungs, and two pancreata. Other life-enhancing donations included 19 bone, 16 skin, and 40 gifts of sight through corneal donation. “This work could not be accomplished alone,” said Kathy Birkenstock, associate chief nursing officer, ARMC. “Thank you to our donor families for their kindness and generosity, to our staff for their tireless work, and to our partners at Gift of Life.”

Steve Hinkley Greg Laura Gabrielle BattipagliaLeft to right are Steve Hinkley, RN, critical care nurse, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center; Gregory and Laura Battipaglia; and Gabrielle Battipaglia. Hinkley cared for the Battipaglias’ late brother, Vincent, who donated his kidneys last year.

Howard Nathan, president and CEO, Gift of Life, also praised AtlantiCare staff. “You go beyond providing compassionate care in making sure that every family has the opportunity to say yes to donation – and that gives hope to those waiting.” He noted that AtlantiCare has the highest conversion rate of any of Gift of Life’s 131 partner hospitals. “The personal commitment shown by each of you, and the generosity of donor families, is what makes our life-saving work possible.”  Conversion rate is when an individual who is eligible to donate becomes a donor.

guests at GOL luncheonAtlantiCare staff and providers joined Gift of Life representatives April 14 to mark Donate Life month and to honor and organ and tissue donors and their families.

Gift of Life recognized Raymond Ford, security operations manager, ARMC; Rev. Juliann Henry, MDIV, manager, Pastoral Care, ARMC; and Pamela Peterson, corporate director, Customer Experience, AtlantiCare, for their contributions to AtlantiCare’s  support of organ donation and to patient and family care.

About Gift of Life
Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 42,000 organ transplants and an estimated 600,000 tissue transplants. Gift of Life's service area includes nearly 11.2 million people, and in 2016 the organization coordinated over 49 organ donors-per-million-population - ranking it among the highest in the world. For more information about organ and tissue donation or to register today, visit www.donors1.org.  It only takes 30 seconds to register.

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org
Allison McDaniel, (O) 215-557-8090 x1133, (C) 610-223-4783, amcdaniel@donors1.org

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AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013. 

For Immediate Release:  April 21, 2017

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus
Auxiliary accepting applications for
Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund
Atlantic County residents pursuing nursing education may apply

The AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Atlantic City Campus Auxiliary is seeking applicants for the 2017 Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund from those pursuing nursing education.

The fund honors the late Martha B. Keates, long-time volunteer and past ARMC City Auxiliary president. The Auxiliary founded the Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund for nursing students in recognition of Keates’s community service and her Auxiliary membership, as well as in support of the nursing profession.

Applications are open to Atlantic County residents. Applicants must be high school graduates enrolling or enrolled in a nursing program, or who have completed the pre-requisites of a nursing program. Children and grandchildren of ARMC Auxiliary members are not eligible.

Applicants must submit a completed application, a 250-word essay on why they have chosen nursing as a career, a copy of their transcripts, and two letters of recommendation (from non-relatives) by June 13, 2017. They should also provide supporting documents relevant to community service or volunteer work, awards, certificates, commendations and/or other recognitions. For electronic and downloadable applications, or for more information about the Martha B. Keates Fellowship Award, visit the Careers section of AtlantiCare's website.

Fellowship funds will be applied toward tuition fees or book purchases and other appropriate educational expenses as determined by the Martha B. Keates Nursing Fellowship Fund Committee. The amount of the disbursement is at the discretion of the Auxiliary.

For more information about the Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund or the ARMC Atlantic City Campus Auxiliary, contact Chelsea Moorhead at 609-572-8265, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.

For Immediate Release:  April 18, 2017

 

AtlantiCare encourages all adults to have a plan
April 16-22 is National Healthcare Decisions Week

The last stages of life can be an emotional and stressful time for an individual and his or her loved ones.

Having plans in place that outline wishes for end-of-life care, however, can alleviate some of this stress. An advance directive, or living will, helps families and loved ones know what kind of care one prefers as they face the end of their lives. Advance care planning ensures the individual’s treatment choices are respected.

Implemented in November 2016, AtlantiCare’s Advance Care Planning Program focuses on helping individuals make those difficult decisions surrounding end-of-life care, and promoting participation in advance care planning.

The program is currently available at AtlantiCare Physician Group in Brigantine, and at the AtlantiCare Special Care Center and Infectious Disease Clinic, both of which are located in the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City.

“Advance care planning is an important part of your healthcare, just like exercising and eating well,” says Christeen Cornell, RN, BSN, CCM, program director, AtlantiCare Advance Care Planning. “We encourage everyone to start having the conversation. A common misbelief is that this topic is only for older or very sick people. We recommend anyone over the age of 18 consider having a plan in case of an unexpected event.”

“As an intensive care physician, I often treat patients who are unable to make these important decisions. Family members suddenly are placed in the position of having to make these decisions for them. An advance directive prevents this,” said Edward Hamaty Jr., D.O., chairman, AtlantiCare Critical Care.

He added, “I personally have an advance directive. In the event that I become incapacitated, I want my voice to be heard at the table when decisions are being made.”

Amy Waters, community grants partnership manager, AtlantiCare Foundation, recognized the importance of advance care planning when she was only 24 years old.

Waters prepared her own advance directive after her stepfather, who was only in his mid-50s at the time, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. “We knew what was happening, and the advance directive made it so we didn’t have to make decisions about what to do when the time came. It took the burden of making decisions off of us and out of our hands. It made my stepfather part of the discussion.”

While helping her mom and stepfather complete the paperwork for his advance directive, she decided to do one for herself as well. “I want people to know what my wishes are so there aren’t any questions if that time comes.”

The legal document specifies the types of medical treatment a patient wishes to receive (or not receive). It takes effect only if the patient is unable to communicate with medical providers and loved ones.

“I’ve seen firsthand how the absence of an advance directive can impact a family facing the death of a loved one – which is why I’m so passionate about everyone putting this plan in place,” said Connie Negron, office supervisor, AtlantiCare Physician Group Primary Care Plus, Brigantine. “When my husband’s parents passed without advance directives, there was a great deal of stress and disagreement that occurred. It could have been avoided. It’s so important for everyone involved to know and understand the person’s wishes in advance.”

Negron and AtlantiCare Advance Care Planning Facilitator Holly Heuer meet with patients to provide education about advance care options and to assist them in completing their forms.

AtlantiCare plans to roll out the program to additional primary care and specialty care locations this summer.

Patricia Ross and her family also experienced firsthand how having an advance directive in place can make decisions easier.

About six years ago, her grandmother was sick. She spent time in the Intensive Care Unit at ARMC Mainland Campus. Ross’s parents and uncle did not have to make a decision about whether to keep her grandmother on a ventilator.

“Her doctors reinforced that she had an advance directive stating she did not want to be kept on the ventilator,” said Ross, a corporate educator with AtlantiCare. “That was her wish. Without it, there would have been uncertainty, pain, and suffering for all of us. My grandmother put that directive in place for herself, but she did it for us, too.”

AtlantiCare’s Advance Care Planning team meets with community organizations to discuss advance care planning. Cornell recently spoke with members of Zion Lutheran Church in Egg Harbor Township.

“As a faith community, we’re called to care about the entire wellness of God’s people—spiritual, mental and physical. We brought the discussion to our community because we feel that when people receive the end-of-life care they desire, it enables overall wellness for them and their loved ones,” said Pastor Kathleen Harris, noting congregants thought it was a helpful program.

In observance of National Healthcare Decisions Week (April 16-22), Cornell will deliver a presentation on advance care planning at the Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 North Tennessee Ave. Atlantic City, NJ, on Thursday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. A Q&A session will immediately follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

Are you interested in learning more? Starting this month, AtlantiCare will offer Conversations Matter: Advance Care Planning. Certified facilitators will cover topics for the group education classes including how values and beliefs guide your care; the role of a healthcare agent; and the definition and purpose of an advance directive. This class will be free and appropriate for anyone 18 years old and older.

Meetings will take place in the AtlantiCare LifeCenter in the AtlantiCare Health Park Building 200, Suite 223 (Second Floor), in Egg Harbor Township, on the third Wednesday of every month. To register, visit the “Events and Classes” section of AtlantiCare’s website, or call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000.

To make an appointment with member of AtlantiCare’s Advance Care Planning Team, or for more information, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000.

For more information, visit AtlantiCare’s Advance Care Planning web page or email advancecareplanning@atlanticare.org.

View or download advance care planning documents here.

For more information about AtlantiCare programs and services, visit www.atlanticare.org, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org    
Heather Costabile, (O) 609-653-0400 x112, heather.costabile@atlanticare.org 

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013. 

For Immediate Release:  April 18, 2017

AtlantiCare Foundation to host
Life Planning Seminar Thursday, May 11 

The AtlantiCare Foundation will host a complimentary Life Planning Seminar Thursday, May 11 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter, 2500 English Creek Ave., Building 200, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

Guest speakers Lou Bongiovanni, CPA, CVA MT, of Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, PC; Arthur M. Brown. Esq., of Levine, Staller, Sklar, Chan & Brown, P.A.; T. Eric Reich, CIMA, CFP, CLU, ChFC, of Reich Asset Management, LLC; and Christeen Cornell, RN, BSN, CCM, program director, Advance Care Planning, AtlantiCare, will discuss the following topics:

  • Charitable Tax Deduction Updates
  • Financial and Income Planning in Retirement
  • Last Will and Testament
  • Advance Care Planning

The event will be free open to the public. It will be of particular interest to individuals interested in planning healthy financial futures for themselves and their families. Breakfast will be included.

Attendees will receive a free one-day pass for use at either the AtlantiCare LifeCenter in Egg Harbor Township or the AtlantiCare LifeCenter Fitness at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City.

To register by May 9, visit www.atlanticare.org/lifeplanningseminar. For additional information, contact 609-407-2393 or julie.fink@atlanticare.org.

About the AtlantiCare Foundation
The AtlantiCare Foundation was established in 1977. It generates charitable support to AtlantiCare’s vision of building healthy communities. Over the years, charitable contributions have supported the construction and expansion of health and wellness facilities and programs; have funded community based initiatives including AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Health Children program; and have supported educational scholarships and patient care funds. 

Contacts:      
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org
Heather Costabile, (O) 609-653-0400 x112, heather.costabile@atlanticare.org

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.

For Immediate Release:  April 14, 2017

AtlantiCare to engage
in week-long observance of
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)

Who:              AtlantiCare

What:             To share information about advance care planning in observance of
                      National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) – April 16

When:             4/17/17 and 4/18/17, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
                        4/20/17, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
                        4/21/17, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
                       AtlantiCare LifeCenter
                       2500 English Creek Ave.
                       Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

                        4/18/17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                        Outside of cafeteria
                        AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus
                        1925 Pacific Ave.
                        Atlantic City, NJ 08401

                        Outside of cafeteria
                        AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus
                        65 West Jimmie Leeds Road
                        Pomona, NJ 08240

                        4/20/17, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
                        Atlantic City Free Public Library
                        1 North Tennessee Ave.
                        Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Where:             Locations as noted above.

                         Media interested in covering should contact Heather Costabile at 609-609-653-0400 x112.

Details:            In observance of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) – April 16, AtlantiCare is promoting the importance of advance care planning in four locations throughout the week, Sunday, April 16 through Saturday, April 22. The theme for 2017 NHDD, this year a week-long observance, which the organization has designated for a week-long observance, is “It always seems too early, until it’s too late.”

AtlantiCare’s Advance Care Planning team will provide staff, patients, and members of the community with information about advance care planning, why it is important, and the steps involved in creating an advance care directive.

“Advance care planning helps patients and loved ones discuss their treatment preferences in the event they are no longer able to speak for themselves. Completing an advance directive helps ensure the patient receives the care they want. It allows their voice to be heard when decisions need to be made”, said Christeen Cornell, RN, BSN, CCM, program director, AtlantiCare Advance Care Planning. “All adults should have an advance care plan that they share with their loved ones and their healthcare providers.”

NHDD, an initiative of The Conversation Project, exists as a 50-state annual initiative to provide clear, concise, and consistent information on healthcare decision-making to both the public and providers/facilities through the widespread availability and dissemination of simple, free, and uniform tools (not just forms) to guide the process.

Implemented in November 2016, AtlantiCare’s Advance Care Planning program is available at AtlantiCare Physician Group in Brigantine, and the AtlantiCare Special Care Center and Infectious Disease Clinic, both at the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex, in Atlantic City. Trained staff members meet with patients and their supporters to discuss advance care planning. AtlantiCare plans to add the program to additional sites, including primary care and specialty locations, later this year. Info on group class if you want to include:

Starting this month, AtlantiCare will offer Conversations Matter: Advance Care Planning. Certified facilitators for the group education classes will cover topics including how values and beliefs guide decisions about care; the role of a healthcare agent; and the definition and purpose of an advance directive. This class will be free and appropriate for anyone 18 years and older.

Meetings will take place at the AtlantiCare Health Park in Egg Harbor Township, in the AtlantiCare LifeCenter, Building 200, Suite 223 (Second Floor), on the third Wednesday of every month.

For more information about AtlantiCare Advance Care Planning, visit the Advance Care Planning section of AtlantiCare’s website.

Contacts:      
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org
Heather Costabile, (O) 609-609-653-0400 x112, heather.costabile@atlanticare.org

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013. 

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