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For Immediate Release: February 20, 2017

AtlantiCare Young Professionals to host
networking social on March 15
Event marks AtlantiCare YP’s first
in southern Ocean County

AtlantiCare Young Professionals (AtlantiCare YP) will host a networking social on Wednesday, March 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pinelands Brewing Company, 140 South 7th Avenue, Little Egg Harbor. The event will provide young professionals the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with like-minded individuals and to learn from established local leaders.

The event will include local bites from SunnyRaes Kitchen, and live music. Attendees will have the choice of sampling craft beverages and taking home a growler of their choice. Proceeds will benefit AtlantiCare YP initiatives that support the health and well-being of children within the community AtlantiCare serves. Discounted ticket packages are available for members. Tickets for non-members are $45 per person. Space is limited.

AtlantiCare YP is an AtlantiCare Foundation program that brings together young professionals and entrepreneurs interested in identifying and addressing community needs, and harnesses their energy and enthusiasm to improve and enrich the future well-being of the community.

YP members receive event tickets, admission to professional workshops, invitations to a year-end member-only reception, recognition of name or business logo on event materials and on the AtlantiCare YP web page, and inclusion in the Foundation's Annual Report of Giving.

For more information about tickets and membership packages, visit www.atlanticare.org/YP, call 609-407-2328 or email youngprofessionals@atlanticare.org

For more information about AtlantiCare, visit www.atlanticare.org or www.well4life.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 
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: February 17, 2017

AtlantiCare’s Red Dress/Red Tie Committee
honors Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare

The AtlantiCare Red Dress/Red Tie Reception Committee honored and thanked Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, for her continued support during its tenth annual reception February 9 at the Historic Smithville Inn in Smithville, NJ.

Red Dress Red Tie Committee honored Lori Herndon president and CEO AtlantiCareMembers of the AtlantiCare Red Dress/Red Tie Committee with Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare.

“As we celebrate our tenth year, the committee thanks Lori for her tremendous support in making this a fantastic event and in helping provide lifesaving AEDs in our community,” said Robin Stoloff, program host, Living Well with Robin Stoloff and Health Update, Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG, and Red Dress/Red Tie mistress of ceremonies.

The committee gifted Herndon a bowl made by MudGirl Studios, a nonprofit organization that helps formerly homeless women create pottery to sell for additional income. The piece was made at Adelaides's Place, a day shelter for women, in Atlantic City.

The women contributed a variety of symbols and shapes, including hearts, starbursts, and flowers, to the design, representing the many women’s lives Herndon has touched. The bright red interior is symbolic of the Red Dress/Red Tie event and women's heart health. The inscription on the bowl reads, “An inspiration to all, Lori Herndon, Red Dress 2017.”

“We are honored to have created this award for someone so deserving and so treasured by the many women of southern New Jersey,” said Dorrie Papademetriou, artist and owner of MudGirls Studio.

Faten Dib presented Lori Herndon president and CEO with a handmade bowl on behalf of the Red Dress Red Red Tie CommitteeFaten Dib, Red Dress/Red Tie Committee co-chair, presented Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare with a handmade bowl from MudGirls Studio as a “thank you” from the committee for Herndon’s dedication to enhancing awareness about heart disease and her support of the event.

More than 250 guests attended the reception, donning red in awareness of heart disease. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, vendor shopping, a photo booth and a raffle featuring goods and services from local businesses. Event proceeds benefited the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Heart Heroes.

The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes, an AtlantiCare Foundation-funded program, places automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the community on behalf of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The program began in 2002, spurred by a small group of dedicated AtlantiCare volunteers who were known as the “Heart Heroes.” Since its inception, the program has placed more than 200 AEDs in the community to increase awareness about the importance of prompt care for heart attack. The Heart Heroes Program funds a portion of the AED cost. Community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds.

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@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: February 9, 2017

AtlantiCare goes RED for
American Heart Month

AtlantiCare staff and providers wore red clothing and accessories on February 3— the American Heart Association’s 14th Annual National Wear Red Day®— to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke.

Gemma Downham MPH CIC Amanda Melendez MPH CIC infection preventionists ARMC Infection Prevention and ControlGemma Downham, MPH, CIC, and Amanda Melendez, MPH, CIC, infection preventionists, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, participate in National Wear Red Day®.

Throughout the month, patients, visitors, and staff will see the exterior of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus and the walkway between the Caesar’s Parking Garage and ARMC Atlantic City Campus, glow red to promote heart health.

Amy Delano Food Service Aide Stephen Oberosler Director Food and Nutrition Services MNLDAmy Delano, food and service aide, and Stephen Oberosler, director, Food and Nutrition Services, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus in Pomona, NJ, wear red to raise awareness of heart disease.

“Participating in National Wear Red Day® is one of the ways we hope to enhance awareness about the risk for cardiovascular disease among women,” said Vineshkumar K. Patel, M.D., associate director, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Division of Cardiology. “It’s important for women and men to know their risk for cardiovascular disease and to manage risk factors they can modify, treat, or control through medication and lifestyle changes. During American Heart Month and all year, we stress this and the urgency of dialing 911 for heart attack symptoms rather than driving yourself or a loved one to the hospital.”

Maria Hendricks AVP Oncology and Cancer Care Institute Dee Stanton Cross Oncology Program ManagerMaria Hendricks, M.S.N., R.N., CCRP, assistant vice president, Oncology, AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, and Dee Stanton-Cross, oncology program manager, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, wear red to raise awareness of heart disease.

Patel said heart attack symptoms can include:

Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat.
  • Experiencing nausea or lightheadedness.

For more information about heart attack risk factors or symptoms, visit the American Heart Association’s website.

For symptoms, dial 911.

For more information about AtlantiCare and its 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
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: February 17, 2017

AtlantiCare’s Annual Red Dress/Red Tie Reception
raises awareness for heart health

More than 250 guests attended AtlantiCare’s tenth annual Red Dress/Red Tie Reception February 9 at the Historic Smithville Inn in Smithville, NJ. Event proceeds benefitted the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Heart Heroes.

Guests donned red in awareness of heart disease and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, vendor shopping, a photo booth and a raffle featuring goods and services from local businesses.

Faten Dib Charisse Fizer Burak Arkonac Rose McCarthy Lori HerndonFrom left to right are Faten Dib, Red Dress/Red Tie Committee co-chair; Charisse Fizer, vice president, Clinical Service Lines, AtlantiCare, Burak Arkonanc, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I, medical director, Cardiac Catheterization Labs and Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center; Rose McCarthy, Heart Institute at ARMC, and coordinator, ARMC Heart Heroes; and Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare.

Burak Arkonanc, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I, medical director, Cardiac Catheterization Labs and Heart Institute at ARMC, shared the importance of having AEDs readily available in the community.

“A bystander with AED training and a device can significantly improve the outcome for someone who collapses from a sudden cardiac arrest,” said Arkonanc. “We at the Heart Institute certainly see the medical benefits of your efforts.”

Members of the AtlantiCare Red Dress Red Tie Committee gather in the Smithville Inn foyer 2017Members of the AtlantiCare Red Dress/Red Tie Committee gather in the Smithville Inn’s foyer.

The event included a presentation from David Spatz, news director, News Talk 1400 AM WOND, and Red Dress/Red Tie Master of Ceremonies, titled ‘The HEART of My Story,’ about his experience with heart failure and the cardiac care he received at ARMC Mainland Campus, home of the Heart Institute.

Spatz and StoloffDavid Spatz, news director, News Talk 1400 AM WOND, and Red Dress/Red Tie master of ceremonies; and Robin Stoloff, program host, Living Well with Robin Stoloff and Health Update, Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG, and Red Dress/Red Tie Mistress of Ceremonies, share a smile.

The Red Dress/Red Tie Committee also honored Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, for her continued support of the event and dedication to promoting awareness about heart disease.

The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes, an AtlantiCare Foundation-funded program, places automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the community on behalf of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The program began in 2002, spurred by a small group of dedicated AtlantiCare volunteers who were known as the “Heart Heroes.” Since its inception, the program has placed more than 200 AEDs in the community to increase awareness about the importance of prompt care for heart attack. The Heart Heroes Program funds a portion of the AED cost. Community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds.

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@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: February 9, 201

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields and Absegami High School students cooked up healthy food

AtlantiCare, Miss America 2017, discuss, prepare
healthy foods for Absegami High School students

The AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program and Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields visited 30 students at Absegami High School, an AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children partner school, February 7 to encourage healthy habits among young people.

Shields shared her “Eat Better. Live Better.” platform with students. Following the presentation, Shields and the students acted as sous chefs for AtlantiCare Growing Green Chef Council chef, Kevin Kelly, of Steve & Cookies By the Bay, as he prepared healthy black bean burgers with an avocado aioli on lettuce wraps.

NV 2 7 17 0582Manny Sanchez, chef, Steve and Cookies By the Bay; Rachel Jacobs, senior, Absegami High School (AHS); Cookie Till, owner, Steve and Cookies By the Bay; Katie Risley, senior, AHS; Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields; Marissa Cabrera, senior, AHS; Kevin Kelly, chef, Steve and Cookies By the Bay; and Coran Francis, senior, AHS, made healthy black bean burgers during AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children’s Chefs in the Classroom event February 7.

Students also talked with Miss America about their favorite foods to prepare and how she stays healthy while in college and traveling. Shields explained that it wasn’t until college that she felt a need to care of her body, mentioning she often felt sick and tired.

She said, “There are some misconceptions about healthy eating, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. I hope that through living by example, I can encourage other people to do so, too.”

Steve and Cookies Chefs Manny Sanchez Kevin Kelly Shields and student Coran FrancisSteve and Cookies By the Bay chefs Manny Sanchez and Kevin Kelly prepare black bean burgers with avocado aioli, as Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields and Absegami High School senior Coran Francis look on.

“When you eat healthy, your taste buds start to crave other healthy food,” Shields added. She recommended students look at ingredients on food labels; avoid processed foods; and shop the perimeter of the grocery store where the whole foods typically are located. “You're either damaging or fueling your body,” she explained.

Students sampled the black bean burgers. Many students said they looked forward to trying the recipe at home.

“I'm always searching for healthier options, and I’m open to new foods like this,” said Laura Bell, a junior at Absegami High School.

Katiria Rivera, also a junior, said she tries to eat healthy, too.

Katiria Rivera and Laura Bell both in eleventh grade chat with Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields about healthy eatingMiss America 2017, Savvy Shields chats about healthy food with Katiria Rivera and Laura Bell, both juniors at Absegami High School, during an AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children's Chefs in the Classroom event February 7.

For more information about AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program, visit www.atlanticare.org/healthyschools, or call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000.

About Chefs in the Classroom
Local chefs, members of AtlantiCare’s Growing Green Chef Council, in partnership with AtlantiCare, visited AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children participating schools to offer healthy cooking demonstrations. HSHC organized demonstrations for Healthy Schools, Healthy Children partner schools to encourage healthy eating habits, and to demonstrate healthy recipes that students can make at home.
The AtlantiCare Growing Green Chef Council is a distinguished group of culinary experts working in the greater Atlantic City area that is committed to increasing access to healthy food for community members, and providing them with food preparation tips for leading healthy lives. The Growing Green Chef Council uses its passion, expertise, and circles of influence to support the growth and sustainability of AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative.

About AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program
AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program partnered with schools in Atlantic, Cape May and Southern Ocean counties assisting with the implementation of fitness and nutrition policies and made health and wellness resources available to schools, students, and families.

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Heather Costabile, (O) 609-653-0400 x112, heather.costabile@atlanticare.org 
Chelsea Mineur, (O) (609)344-1800, chelsea.mineur@missamerica.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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