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For Immediate Release:  October 5, 2017

AtlantiCare to host

October Young Professionals breakfast

Lori Herndon, President and CEO, AtlantiCare to share business, career, life tips

AtlantiCare’s Young Professionals (AtlantiCare YP) will host a professional development breakfast Friday, October 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Carriage House, 25 South Pitney Road, Galloway, New Jersey. Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, will discuss work/life balance, business and career strategies.

 

Herndon Lori by Donna Connor 2015.jpglowresLori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare

AtlantiCare’s Board of Trustees named Herndon, of Brigantine, president and CEO of AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, in 2016. Herndon joined AtlantiCare in 1983 as a staff nurse in what was then Atlantic City Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), She has served in executive roles for the system since 2007. Prior to her current role, she concurrently served as executive vice president, AtlantiCare, and president and CEO, ARMC. She held a number of leadership positions throughout the organization prior to these roles.

Herndon earned her Master of Business Administration degree at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and her registered nurse degree at Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing, Danville, Pennsylvania.

The event will include a light breakfast. Proceeds will benefit AtlantiCare YP initiatives that support the health and well-being of children within the community AtlantiCare serves. Tickets are $25 per person. Member discounts available.

AtlantiCare YP is an AtlantiCare Foundation program that brings together 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.

For more information or for tickets, visit www.atlanticare.org/YP, call 609-407-2328, email youngprofessionals@atlanticare.org, or visit the events page for AtlantiCare on Facebook

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.

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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 5,400 employees and more than 700 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.

 

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

Veterans Administration and AtlantiCare announce partner provider agreement

 

For Immediate Release:  October 4, 2017

The Veterans Administration and AtlantiCare have entered into an agreement that both organizations hope will enhance access to quality care for veterans. Effective immediately, veterans who are members of the VA’s Choice Program can get care at AtlantiCare facilities, with approval from the VA.

“The VA is committed to enhancing access to healthcare services in its community-based clinics in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties,” said Vincent Kane, medical director, Wilmington Veterans Administration Hospital. “Through this local provider agreement, the VA can partner with AtlantiCare, which has a long history of caring for the community, to increase veterans’ access to high-quality healthcare when that care is not available through the VA or when the VA is not able to deliver that care timely.”

“AtlantiCare, in collaboration with the VA, has been evaluating ways to enhance care for veterans,” said Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare. “Our leaders, providers and staff are committed to meeting the health and wellness needs of active-duty and retired veterans. Through this new model, we will continue to work with the VA, and to listen to and learn from veterans, as we expand the care we provide those who have, and are serving our country.”

Under the provider agreement, veterans will still clear non-emergency treatment through the VA before getting it, and notify the VA after getting emergency care. VA leaders will meet with AtlantiCare representatives in the coming weeks to further discuss how the two organizations will evolve their coordinated care of veterans.

Kane said veterans seeking information should contact their local VA community based outpatient clinic (CBOC), locations and information are on the VA website; or attend VA Town Hall meetings.

“Over the past year in partnership with the VA, we have significantly expanded community-based services available locally for South Jersey veterans,” said Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey, United States congressman, 2nd District. “Today’s agreement with AtlantiCare will greatly enhance those efforts, offering our veterans outstanding medical care in their home communities. Bringing even more services remains the mission that will not end.”

“When our great veterans go off to war, they do so from all corners of our country.  When they come home, getting the mental and physical care that they require can sometimes be a burden,” said Joe Griffies, veteran, veterans advocate, and host of the Welcome Home Veterans show on WIBG 120 AM and 101.3 FM. “Travelling long distances and even out of state for that care, can add to their stress and illness. With AtlantiCare's partnership with the VA, what was sometimes a 100-mile drive for a veteran, crossing a bridge to Delaware or Pennsylvania, could now be a shorter drive. This partnership is going to be a model for the rest of our county in which veterans can get quality care when and where they need it, close to home.”

For more information about partnered care, veterans should speak with their primary physician or patient aligned care team (PACT) member through their local community based outpatient clinic.

About the VA Choice Program

President Donald Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 in August. It was an extension of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, or Veterans Choice Act, President Barack Obama signed in August, 2014, which created the Veterans Choice Program.

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

Media contacts:        

David Cowgill, 412-822-3318, or david.cowgill@va.gov

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

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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 5,500 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:  September 29, 2017

AtlantiCare LIFE Connection

Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly

opens in Atlantic City

 

AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, has opened a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). PACE integrates preventive, primary, acute, rehabilitation and long-term care services with the goal of providing care timely and in the most appropriate setting. The program is designed to offer all-inclusive care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are no benefit limitations, co-pays, or deductibles for those who are dually eligible through Medicare and Medicaid who use PACE services. As a PACE organization, AtlantiCare serves as provider and insurer for participants.

“We are pleased to offer this new, innovative service that will make a difference and change people’s lives,” said Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare at staff reception marking the opening of the program. “Our team will wrap its arms around all participants to help them have the most productive, satisfying experiences in the twilight of their lives.”

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Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, thanks AtlantiCare LIFE Connection team during a staff reception marking the opening of the program.

AtlantiCare LIFE Connection (Living Independently for the Elderly) is based in the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City. The 7,000 square foot facility includes an activities area, serving kitchen, dining room, quiet lounge, primary care clinic with three exam rooms, personal care area, and outdoor courtyard. Through AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program, the site features than 30 pieces of New Jersey artists’ work depicting landmarks in Atlantic City and surrounding areas.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is 24/7 access to healthcare services and support. It is designed for those individuals who have long-term care needs and who wish to remain in their communities.

AtlantiCare LIFE Connection is available to those individuals living in Atlantic or Cape May counties and who are at least 55-years of age. Applicants must also be deemed eligible for nursing facility level of care, and be able to live safely in the community with PACE services.

“We refer to those who use this service as participants rather than patients, because we partner with them in their home setting and through our Day Center.” said Richard Stefanacci, D.O., medical director of AtlantiCare’s Post-Acute Services and LIFE Connection.

The AtlantiCare LIFE Connection team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, drivers, personal care attendants, and other providers and staff.  “Core team members will meet weekday mornings at the Day Center to discuss the care needs of all participants,” said Stefanacci.

 

Michael Charlton Terri Schieder John Kasper Alex Casiano Paul Sullivan Richard Stefanacci D.O. Lori Herndon.jpglres

Cutting the ribbon at the AtlantiCare LIFE Connection Day Center, left to right, are Michael Charlton, chairman, AtlantiCare Board of Trustees; Terri Schieder, vice president, Business Development and Clinical Integration, AtlantiCare; John Kasper, D.O., chairman, AtlantiCare Health Solutions Board; Alex Casiano, executive director, AtlantiCare LIFE Connection; Paul Sullivan, PACE Program manager, New Jersey Department of Human Services; Richard Stefanacci, D.O., medical director, AtlantiCare LIFE Connection; and Lori Herndon, president CEO, AtlantiCare.

 

“Our team works with each participant and his or her family and caregivers to create a personalized care plan, said Alex Casiano, executive director for LIFE Connection. “We want these individuals to truly participate in their health and wellness. We coordinate and provide all health care and support services, including medication and/or other therapy for a chronic or episodic condition. We also assist with activities of daily living so the participant can continue to live safely at home.” Casiano added all services must be pre-approved by the LIFE Connection interdisciplinary team.

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Above are members of the AtlantiCare LIFE Connection Team stand outside and in the van the team will use to transport LIFE Connection participatns.

Below is David Willard, program transportation manager.

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Giovanni Avelluto, D.O., AtlantiCare Physician Group, will be on site at AtlantiCare’s LIFE Connection Day Center at the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex, Atlantic City.

AtlantiCare LIFE Connection is the sixth PACE program to open in New Jersey and the only one to serve Atlantic and Cape May counties. It is a member of the National PACE Association.

For more information about PACE, visit the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services website.

The project team included:

  • SOSH Architects, Atlantic City
  • P. Agnes, Inc., Philadelphia.

For more information about AtlantiCare LIFE Connection call 609-527-8588, 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 more than 5,500 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 

 

AtlantiCare EMS professionals assisting with relief effort in United States Virgin Islands

 

For Immediate Release:  October 2, 2017

AtlantiCare Paramedics Debra Bell, Frank Intessimoni, and Lou Raniszewski are among a team that left Sunday, October 1 to assist those in St. John and St. Thomas. Governor Chris Christie authorized New Jersey State Police troopers, disaster mental health counselors and members of the New Jersey EMS Task Force to depart for the response mission in the United States Virgin Islands in the region hardest hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. See a press release from the Governor’s Office here.

AtlantiCare Paramedics Frank Intessimoni Lou Raniszewski Debra Bell prepare to leave with NJOEMS USVirginIslands.jpglresPhoto caption: Left to right are AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center paramedics Frank Intessimoni, and Lou Raniszewski, assistant chief; and Debra Bell.

ARMC is the south region lead agency for the New Jersey Emergency Medical Services Task Force, which includes the seven southern-most counties of the state. Approximately 12 AtlantiCare employees are members of the Task Force.

Raniszewski, who is assistant chief of ARMC EMS, is a Task Force leader. Bell is a state planner. Intessimoni is a staging manager/logistics specialist. Each has attended specialized training in those respective areas. Bell, Intessimoni and Raniszewski will be deployed up to 14 days, functioning under the direction of the New Jersey Department of Health in their specialized roles within the Task Force. They brought with them ARMC’s ASAP (Alternate Support Apparatus), an EMS/medical all-terrain vehicle. The ASAP provides easy maneuverability in rough terrain and areas where typical EMS vehicles cannot travel. They and the broader team will use the ASAP to respond, begin treatment and transport patients to a designated medical care facility or location.

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

Media Contact:        

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

 For Immediate Release:  September 29, 2017

 

AtlantiCare nurse midwife becomes patient,

experiences special water birth

 

Jamie Sosa, CNM, AtlantiCare Physician Group OB/GYN has a new title – “Mom”.

She and her husband Willy became parents Friday, September 22.

Savannah Rose arrived by water birth at the Rodger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, Pomona, New Jersey.

“We didn’t plan it that way,” said Sosa. “I wanted to have a non-medicated delivery. I got into the tub to try to relieve my pain. My contractions were painful, but the warm water relaxed me so much that I was falling asleep in between them. I felt like I needed to push, so I asked my midwife if it would be okay.”

Her midwife was also her colleague, Jasmine Perez, CNM, AtlantiCare Physician Group OB/GYN.

“Jasmine said she was happy to do this for our baby and me. She delivered Savannah, with help from my nurse Stacie Herman.  My husband, sister, and mother were all with me. It was so beautiful. We were all crying,”

She said she looks forward to sharing her experience with patients when she returns to the APG office in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

“As a midwife, giving birth and learning so many nuances were humbling,” said Sosa.

“My care team spent time explaining how to nurse Savannah. Of course, I thought I knew all you need to know as a nurse myself.  There were so many little details the team helped me with.”

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AtlantiCare's Center for Childbirth Team surrounds Willy Sosa as he holds new baby Savannah Rose.

“I’m grateful that I was able to be in control of my delivery,” she said. “And I most appreciate that my care team was flexible in meeting my needs.”

ARMC’s Center for Childbirth offers water birth among its care options.  Expectant parents considering it should discuss it with their care team as part of their pregnancy care plan.

 

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Willy Sosa, Jamie Sosa, CNM, AtlantiCare Physician Group OB/GYN, and baby Savannah Rose Sosa.

For more information about AtlantiCare’s Center for Childbirth, AtlantiCare Physician Group or other AtlantiCare services, or to find a provider, 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 more than 5,500 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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