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AtlantiCare Healing Arts exhibit features

 cancer survivors’ works. 

AtlantiCare held a private reception on Wednesday, Dec. 13 to thank the artists featured in a new permanent Healing Arts exhibit at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner at the institute’s Egg Harbor Township location. The artists, all cancer survivors, participated in a Healing Arts Workshop in August. Artists met weekly for four weeks with Cheryl Broschard, Development and Cultural Projects manager, AtlantiCare Foundation, and Dorrie Papademetriou, of Linwood, founder and designer, MudGirls Studios.

The artists are Deborah Aker, of Galloway; Ann Arena, of Absecon; Rosemary Flammer, of Galloway; Jane Flanagan, of Galloway; Rebecca Morrison, of Galloway; and Linda Smolinski, of Mays Landing.

The works, which are embossed on tin, are based loosely on Milagros which is a folk art of Mexico.AtlantiCareSurvivorsArt 1

From left are Annie Arena of Absecon, Linda Smolenski of Mays Landing, Rebecca Morrison of Galloway, Jane Flanagan of Galloway and Deborah Aker of Galloway.

Contact:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2017

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, 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 5,800 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 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: December 8, 2017


AtlantiCare to host Facebook Live Chat 
Dr. Alexander Onopchenko to discuss weight loss surgery

 

AtlantiCare will host a Facebook live chat with Alexander Onopchenko, M.D., Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. Onopchenko is medical director, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss & Wellness, and medical director, AtlantiCare Physician Group Surgical Services. The event is part of AtlantiCare’s series of monthly Facebook Live chats.


Onopchenko will discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy weight for overall health and wellness. He’ll explain advances in, and benefits of weight loss surgery; types of weight loss surgery, and who potential candidates are.

 

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Alexander Onopchenko, M.D.
Medical director, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss & Wellness
Medical director, AtlantiCare Physician Group Surgical Services

 


To submit questions in advance, email laura.stetser@atlanticare.org or submit questions through AtlantiCare’s Facebook page listing of this event.


For more information about this or other AtlantiCare programs, or to find a provider, call the AtlantiCare Access Center 1-888-569-1000., visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, 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 5,800 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 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:  December 6, 2017

Mullica Township woman grateful for new hip

Rothman Institute, AtlantiCare partner in
Operation Walk USA initiative

 

An AtlantiCare Community Health Services patient had hip surgery December 5 through Rothman Institute at AtlantiCare’s participation in Operation Walk USA 2017.

Operation Walk USA takes place each December as an annual tradition of giving back through hospital, surgeon and medical and support services and staff participation. The program provides all aspects of treatment surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care at no cost to participating patients who might not qualify for government health coverage, might not have insurance or cannot otherwise afford surgery on their own.

Rothman Institute Orthopaedics collaborated with AtlantiCare Community Health Services, located in the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City, to select a patient. Betty Morgan, of Mullica Township in Elwood, New Jersey, met the clinical and financial parameters of Operation Walk participation.

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Left to right are Heather Schultz, RN, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Musculoskeletal Institute;
Betty Morgan, and Zachary Post, M.D., surgeon, Rothman Institute at AtlantiCare.
 

Morgan is a school bus driver. Certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) in equine assisted therapy, she teaches therapeutic horseback riding at Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, in Egg Harbor Township. Morgan also volunteers for Atlantic County 4-H and South Jersey Horse Rescue.

“Mrs. Morgan had severe degenerative arthritis of her left hip that she lived with for years,” said Zachary Post, M.D. surgeon, Rothman Institute at AtlantiCare, who with the AtlantiCare surgical team, performed a total left hip replacement for Morgan. The surgery took place at the Musculoskeletal Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus in Pomona, NJ.

“The pain had gotten progressively worse,” said Morgan. “Last winter I had to walk with two canes. I was so surprised when I got the call that I’d be getting a new hip. The week before the call I was in so much pain I didn’t know what I was going to do or how I was going to get through it.”

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Greg Goff, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center physical therapist, is with Betty Morgan as she took her first post-surgery steps.

 

“I think this is a good way to give back,” Said Post. “I met Mrs. Morgan after the AtlantiCare clinic referred her as a possible candidate for this program. I thought, ‘This is a perfectly deserving person who has a bad hip who can benefit from hip replacement.’ “

“She was emotional and grateful that we could help her,” said Post. “We’ve all been blessed. We have abilities and skills that we’ve been honing for years. This is a quality of life operation that we were privileged to provide her.”

“Everyone has been so wonderful,” said Morgan.

About Operation Walk USA

Operation Walk USA began in 2010 following the tremendous success of Operation Walk, an international volunteer medical service organization that provides treatment for patients with arthritis and joint conditions in developing countries. To date, nearly 702 patients received help through Operation Walk USA, held in the month of December, annually since 2010. Since inception, Operation Walk USA provided knee and hip replacement surgeries valued at more than $18.9 million.

Device manufacturers DePuy Synthes, DJO, Smith & Nephew, Stryker, Total Joint Orthopedics, and Zimmer Biomet donated the hip and knee implants for the 2017 Operation Walk USA. Ortech Data, Inc. donated technology for electronic medical record (EMR) management. 

Operation Walk USA 2017 facts:

  • Operation Walk USA 2017 will be held at 36 hospitals throughout the country, December 4-9.
  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to participate in the initiative.
  • An estimated 40 orthopaedic surgeons will provide hip and joint replacements, free of charge, to 60 patients in 23 states.
  • Operation Walk USA 2017 is based on the successful experiences of Operation Walk, which has provided hip and knee replacements to thousands of patients throughout the world since 1996.
  • This is the eighth year for Operation Walk USA, which has provided free total joint replacement to more than 700 patients to date.
  • To find a list of participating orthopaedic surgeons and cities, visit www.opwalkusa.com, or follow Operation Walk USA 2017 on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about the AtlantiCare or to find a provider, call the AtlantiCare Access Center 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, 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. Nearly 5,900 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 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.

Media Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org

Richard Cushman,  (O) 267-339-3694, (C) 856-905-4344, richard.cushman@rothmaninstitute.com

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2017

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services
to hold 12th annual Candlelight Vigil
Event to mark
National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Who: AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare

What: To hold its 12th annual Candlelight Vigil

When: Monday, December 18, 2017; 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Remarks will be at 3:15 p.m.)

Where: William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex, 1401 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Details: AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare will hold its 12th annual Candlelight Vigil in memory of those who died homeless in 2017. The event will take place in advance of Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. The vigil, which will take place outside the entrance to the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HeathPlex, will include the reading of the names of many who died homeless in 2017

The keynote speaker will be Vanessa Vitolo, outreach coordinator for Victory Bay Recovery Center, Laurel Springs, New Jersey. She has dedicated her life, both professionally and personally, to helping others by sharing her story of addiction and recovery. Vitolo draws on her experiences as a recovering addict to offer a message of hope, reduce the stigma of addiction, and advocate for change that can positively impact the national opioid crisis.

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Vanessa Vitolo, outreach coordinator for Victory Bay Recovery Center, and addicitions recovery advocate,
will be keynote speaker for AtlantiCare's Homeless Persons' Memorial Candlelight Vigil.

 

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, and Covenant House will be among organizations joining AtlantiCare for the event.

Every year since its inception in 1990, Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day has taken place in cities around the country on or around December 21 - the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. This is the eleventh year AtlantiCare has participated. The event is co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the National Consumer Advisory Board and the New Jersey Advocacy Network to End Homelessness.

About AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services
AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services, located in the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City, is among 20 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in the state and one of only five that serve homeless. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The top three diagnoses the AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services team treats are hypertension, diabetes and respiratory conditions. The services include primary care and physical exams; case management; disease management; medication administration and distribution; health screenings for diabetes and heart disease; tuberculosis testing; drug and alcohol counseling; HIV/AIDS testing and counseling; and psychiatric services. Patients pay on an income-based sliding fee scale; no one is turned away, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, an advanced practice psychiatric nurse, a licensed practical nurse, clinical social workers, medical assistants, case managers and educators. Clients are identified through hospital discharges, mobile outreach and collaboration with community social services including the Atlantic County Women’s Center, Jewish Family Services and Covenant House.


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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, 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 5,800 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 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.

 

Media Contact: 
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org

 

 

For Immediate Release:  12-1-17

AtlantiCare World AIDS Day ceremony promotes unity,
recognizes students for awareness artwork

AtlantiCare staff, leadership, and members of the community hnored individuals who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS, and those living with the disease, during AtlantiCare’s annual World AIDS Day Ceremony December 1 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Atlantic City Campus.

Speakers included Patricia Foglio-Geller, of Ocean City, who contracted AIDs 25 years ago, and Edward Hamaty, D.O., chairman, Department of Critical Career; medical director, Neuro Critical Care; and executive sponsor of AtlantiCare’s PRIDE employee resource group, AtlantiCare.

AtlantiCare also recognized winners and participants of its World AIDS Day Poster Contest. Held through the AtlantiCare Healing Arts Program and in collaboration with Atlantic City High School, the goal of the contest was to raise awareness, fight prejudice and improve education about HIV and AIDS. Approximately 30 Atlantic City High School students submitted pieces for the contest. AtlantiCare has displayed many of the submissions at the hospital campus since November 21. Winners were:

• First place - Maya Hendrix , sophomore

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• Second place - Faith Grigsby, junior

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• Third place - Ingrid Daniel Castillo, freshman

3rd Place Winner AtlantiCare World AIDS Day Poster Ingrid Daniel Castillo

Geraldine Hernandez, senior; Kristina Lam, junior; Elvis Exahu Lopez, sophomore; and Alondra Gonzalez Melendez, senior, earned honorable mentions.

About the AtlantiCare Infectious Disease Clinic The AtlantiCare Infectious Disease Clinic was established in 1989. It is a multidisciplinary, hospital-based practice that provides health maintenance, disease prevention, and care for hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. The Infectious Disease Clinic is funded in part by New Jersey Department of Health and the Division of HIV, STD and TB Services. AtlantiCare provides services for patients eligible for the Ryan White Part B grant and for patients with no insurance in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

AtlantiCare offers rapid HIV testing and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) at the following locations:  ARMC’s Department of Clinic Services, Infectious Disease Clinic, William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex, 1401 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.to 4 p.m.  ARMC’s Satellite Emergency Department, 219 North White Horse Pike, Hammonton: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  ARMC, Atlantic City Campus Emergency Department. 1925 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City: Seven days a week from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m.  ARMC, Mainland Campus Emergency Department, 65 West Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The AtlantiCare Infectious Disease Clinic provided testing, counseling, and/or treatment referrals to more than700 clients in 2016. It anticipates doing so for more than 850 clients by the end of 2017. AtlantiCare’s Emergency Department expects to have tested and counseled more than 4,000 clients by the end of 2017. 

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

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, 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 nearly 5,900 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 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.

 

Media Contact:  Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org

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