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For Immediate Release:          June 26, 2017

ARMC honors 2017 graduates of
Internal Medicine and Pharmacy Residency programs 

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) honored fifteen graduates of its 2017 Internal Medicine Residency and Pharmacy programs during a ceremony and dinner June 22 at the Carriage House, Galloway, New Jersey. In addition to the honored guests, members of AtlantiCare’s leadership team, its Nursing and Medical staffs, and residency program alumni attended the event.

Graduates from ARMC Internal Medicine and Pharmacy programs and leadershipAtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Internal Medicine and Pharmacy Residency Program residents celebrated graduation June 22.

ARMC Internal Medicine Residency Program graduates were Afia Ashraf, M.D.; Casey Balkema, D.O.; Navpreet Bassan, M.D.; Myint Ganeshalingam, M.D.; Bishoy Hanna, M.D.; Asiya Hussain, M.D., Xiaomei Lin, M.D.; Hina Mannan, M.D.; Amit Misra, M.D.; Marian Sidor, M.D.; Oluwaseyi Sijuwade, M.D.; Jesus Vargas, M.D.; Ashvin Vijayakumar, M.D.

Pharmacy graduates were Larissa Woloszczuk, Pharm.D., and Annh Vo, Pharm.D..

Hanna will start apulmonary/critical care fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Newark, New Jersey, July, 2017.

Sidor will start a rheumatology fellowship at Rutgers University/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, July, 2017.

About ARMC’s Internal Medicine Residency Program
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has a dually accredited Internal Medicine Residency Program, accredited by both the ACGME and the AOA. The Internal Medicine residents rotate through AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s two divisions, City Campus and Mainland Campus, and serve both the surrounding communities and more than 37 million visitors to the region each year. In addition to a comprehensive, multi-specialty inpatient and ambulatory care experience, AtlantiCare is home to the Heart Institute, the Neurosciences Institute and the Cancer Care Institute, as well as a Level II Trauma Center, all of which provide a unique educational opportunity for the residents.

About ARMC’s Pharmacy Residency Program
The post-graduate year one Pharmacy Residency Program at AtlantiCare is accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). It consists of 12 months of general training and experience. The Pharmacy staff is a tremendous resource consisting of more than 35 full time and 15 pool pharmacists as well as approximately 60 technicians. The residency goals, objectives, and evaluation processes are consistent with the accreditation standards developed by ASHP.

For more information about AtlantiCare’s Internal Medicine or Pharmacy Residency Programs, to find an AtlantiCare physician, or for information about other AtlantiCare programs and services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

Contacts:        
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org  
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-677-6016, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org           

Photo Caption 1: AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Internal Medicine and Pharmacy Residency Program residents celebrated graduation June 22.

Front row, left to right, are Marilouise Venditti, M.D., chief medical officer, AtlantiCare; Hina Mannan, M.D., Internal Medicine graduate; Afia Ashraf, M.D., Internal Medicine graduate; Amit Misra, M.D. Internal Medicine graduate; Ashvin Vijayakumar, M.D., Internal Medicine graduate; Aileen Hocbo, M.D., associate program director, Internal Medicine Residency, ARMC; Dominick Zampino, D.O., medical director, Academic Affairs, designated institutional official, and program director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, ARMC; and Margaret Belfield, BSN, RN, MSN, executive vice president and chief operating officer, AtlantiCare.

Second row: Brendan Kelly, D.O. FACOI, Osteopathic program site director; Joseph Reilly, Pharm.D., program director, Pharmacy Residency Program, ARMC; Xiaomei Lin, M.D., Internal Medicine graduate; Larissa Woloszczuk, Pharm.D., Pharmacy graduate; and Oluwaseyi Sijuwade, M.D., Internal Medicine graduate.

Third row: Bishoy Hanna, M.D., Internal Medicine graduate; Annh Vo, Pharm.D. Pharmacy graduate; and Asiya Hussain, M.D., Internal Medicine graduate.

Back row: Navpreet Bassan, M.D., Internal Medicine graduate; Casey Balkema, D.O., Internal Medicine graduate; and Jesus Vargas, M.D., Internal Medicine graduate.

Photo caption 2: AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Internal Medicine and Pharmacy Residency Program graduates celebrated graduation June 22. From left to right are Dominick Zampino, D.O. FACP, medical director, Academic Affairs; designated institutional official; and program director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, ARMC; Blessing Osondu, M.D., post-graduate year one (PGY-1); Shelly Gupta, M.D., PGY-1; Chinelo Okigbo, M.D., PGY-1; and Kym Lex, program coordinator, Internal Medicine, ARMC.

Photo caption 3: Joseph Santora, D.O., hospitalist, ARMC, accepted a Teacher of the Year Award from Shelly Gupta, M.D., post-graduate year one, during a ceremony June 22 honoring graduates from ARMC’s Internal Medicine and Pharmacy Residency programs.

Photo caption 4: Siddharth Verma, M.D., post-graduate year two, shakes hands with Brian Tran, M.D., hospitalist ARMC, and 2016 program graduate, during the 2017 graduate ceremony June 22 at The Carriage House, Galloway, New Jersey.

Photo caption 5: ARMC Internal Medicine Residency Program graduates Hina Mannan, M.D., and Afia Ashraf, M.D., give each other a celebratory high-five at the graduate ceremony June 22 at The Carriage House, Galloway, New Jersey. 

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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:  June 26, 2017

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center to host
HIV Testing Awareness event

National HIV Testing Day is June 27

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) will host an HIV Testing Awareness event in honor of National HIV Testing Day on Tuesday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to noon in the lobby of ARMC City Campus in Atlantic City.

Adam Thompson, regional partner director, Southern New Jersey Performance Site of the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center at Kennedy Health Alliance, will deliver a presentation on the importance of HIV testing and of ensuring HIV-positive individuals are connected with healthcare providers.

AtlantiCare Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and AtlantiCare’s HIV/PrEP Team will have informational tables and giveaways. Free HIV testing will be available.

The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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, 8 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.

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.

Contact:
Jennifer Tornetta, 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org  
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-677-6016, (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: June 19, 2017

ARMC Mainland Auxiliary names
Auxilian of the Year

The AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Auxiliary named Kathleen Cantwell, of Galloway Township, Auxilian of the Year at its annual luncheon June 19 at Gourmet Italian Cuisine, Galloway.

Susan Battaglia RN AVP Nursing ARMC Mainland Campus Kathleen Cantwell and Charmaine DellaNeveFrom left to right are Susan Battaglia, RN, assistant vice president, Nursing, ARMC Mainland Campus; Kathleen Cantwell, Auxilian of the Year; and Charmaine DellaNeve, president, ARMC Mainland Auxiliary.

“Kathy has been a valuable volunteer at the Auxiliary-run Pine Cone Gift Shop over the last five years,” said Charmaine DellaNeve, of Galloway, president, ARMC Mainland Campus Auxiliary. “After a career in nursing, Kathy decided to give back in other ways, and began volunteering at the ARMC Auxiliary’s gift shop at Mainland Campus.  She brings compassion and a big heart to the Auxiliary, and her shifts are filled with laughter and great stories”

About the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Auxiliary
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Auxiliary raises funds for patient services throughout ARMC Mainland Campus.  The Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth, the Heart Institute, and the Progressive Cardiac Care and Acute Care for the Elderly units are among the services Auxiliary support has benefited. Founded in 1974, the Auxiliary has raised more than $2 million to benefit patient services at ARMC Mainland. In 2013, the Auxiliary pledged $500,000 to support the expansion of ARMC’s Mainland Campus. The first phase of the project opened in 2015.

Contacts:        
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org  
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-677-6016, (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: June 22, 2017

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Trauma Center
marks 25th year of serving community
Center has served more than 34,600 patients and their families

The Trauma Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center marked its 25th year of serving the community June 21 with a luncheon reception. The Trauma team has cared for more than 34,600 of the most critically injured patients in the region since the Center opened June 1, 1992.

“Our dedicated Trauma Center team has made a tremendous impact on the well-being of our community,” said Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare. “They’ve done so by caring for thousands of patients who were critically injured; providing education and outreach in our community; and collaborating with community hospitals to enhance the level of care we all provide.”

Former trauma patients and their families joined the Trauma Center Team in marking the Centers 25th anniversaryFormer trauma patients and their families joined ARMC’s Trauma Center Team June 21 to mark the Center’s 25th anniversary of serving the community. Front row (L-R): Bruce Folbaum, DPM, who was treated for injuries from a car crash, and Atlantic City Police Officer Joshlee Vadell, who was shot in the line of duty. Back row (L-R): Keith Hann, who was treated for injuries from a motorcycle accident; siblings Joe and Kaylie Shone, who were both treated at the center for traumatic injuries that occurred a year apart; Rachael Galego, BSN, RN, Trauma program director, ARMC; and Vadell’s wife, Laura.

“We are grateful to our patients and their families for entrusting us with their care,” said James Eakins, M.D., F.A.C.S, medical director, Trauma, ARMC. “It takes a team of first responders, surgeons, specialists, nurses, technicians, social workers, specialty therapists, and providers and staff from throughout AtlantiCare to care for our patients before, during, and after a traumatic event. There can be hundreds of people involved in the care of one patient.”

James Eakins MD medical director ARMC Trauma Center addresses guestsJames Eakins, M.D., F.A.C.S, medical director, Trauma, ARMC, addresses guests during the Trauma Center’s 25th anniversary luncheon June 21 at ARMC Atlantic City Campus. “The members of our team all have different roles, but our goal is the same: to serve our community and help save lives,” said Eakins.

Eakins added that community hospitals and first responders who assist in evaluating and transporting and/or transferring patients to ARMC, tertiary specialty centers and rehabilitation facilities are also key to the team’s success in caring for patients.

“We are privileged to care for those who live, work in and visit our community,” said Rachael Galego, BSN, RN, Trauma program director, ARMC. “No one plans to be in a trauma center. Many of our patients come to us critically injured. We’ve cared for patients who live in our region and those who were visiting from countries around the world.”

Kathy McNulty RN APN flight nurse and lead trauma nurse ARMC Trauma Center and Eakins look on as former patients cut the 25th anniversary cakeKathy McNulty, RN, APN, flight nurse and lead trauma nurse, ARMC, and James Eakins, M.D., F.A.C.S, medical director, Trauma, ARMC, look on as former patients Keith Hann, Kaylie Shone, and Joe Shone, cut the 25th anniversary cake.

“We thank our patients and their families for their courage in facing trauma,” said Margaret Belfield, executive vice president chief operating officer, AtlantiCare. “The providers, staff, patients, their families who join us today represent thousands of others who have sought or given life-saving care in our community.”

ARMC’s Trauma Center – Then and Now

Opening Statistics
The Center opened June 1, 1992. In its first month of operation, the Trauma Center Team treated 100 patients. The average patient ranged in age from 15 to 34 years old. Causes patients were treated in the Trauma Center the first month were:
• 52 percent motor vehicle crashes
• 9 percent pedestrian struck by motor vehicle
• 9 percent stabbing
• 6 percent bicycle injuries
• 6 percent assault
• 6 percent gun
• 3 percent diving

In the first eight months of operation, from June 1, 1992 through January 31, 1993, the Trauma Center treated 422 patients.

Current Statistics
Since opening, ARMC’s Trauma Center has treated more than 34,600 patients.

In 2016, the Trauma Center Team treated 1,758 patients. The average patient age today is 50.8 years.

Among top reasons patients were treated in the Trauma Center in 2016:
• 43 percent falls
• 22.8 percent motor vehicle crashes
• 8.9 percent assault
• 3 percent injury from gun-related injuries
• 3 percent injury related to motor vehicles (non-motorcycle, non-pedestrian)
• 2.9 percent bicycle injuries
• 2.8 percent motorcycle crashes
• 2.1 percent stabbing
• 1.8 percent pedestrian struck by motor vehicle

Over the last two decades, the mechanism of injury has shifted to approximately

• 90 percent blunt trauma, including injuries from motor vehicle crashes, falls, assaults, motorcycle crashes, bicycle crashes and water sports/watercraft injuries
• 10 percent penetrating trauma, including stab wounds and gunshot wounds

Former patient and Atlantic City Police Officer Joshlee Vadell thanks the ARMC Trauma Center TeamFormer patient and Atlantic City Police Officer Joshlee Vadell thanks the ARMC Trauma Center Team for saving his life during the 25th anniversary luncheon June 21 at ARMC Atlantic City Campus. Vadell was shot in the line of duty in September 2016.

About ARMC’s Trauma Center
The Trauma Team at ARMC treats the most critically injured patients with the most advanced technology. Located in Atlantic City, an international tourist destination, the center treats residents of and visitors to Atlantic City, as well as residents and visitors from throughout the country and the world who are injured in Atlantic, Cape May and Southern Ocean counties.

• 55 percent reside in the Atlantic County area
• 17.25 percent reside in southern New Jersey region other than Atlantic County
• 16.5 percent are from other areas of New Jersey
• 11.25 percent are from outside New Jersey (including international)

ARMC is one of 10 trauma centers in the state and one of seven verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a level II Trauma Center. The standards for the provision of clinical care to injured patients for Level I and Level II trauma centers are identical. Although they do not have the same requirements for research and medical education that Level I centers have, Level II trauma centers have the responsibility to provide trauma outreach and injury prevention, and to provide support to non-trauma centers in the same service area.

The Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), re-verified the Trauma Center at ARMC Atlantic City Campus as a level II trauma center in April 2017.This achievement recognized the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The verification covers three years.

Former patient Keith Hann reunites with AtlantiCare physical therapist Brynn PrevitiFormer patient Keith Hann shares a moment of joy with Brynn Previti, physical therapist with AtlantiCare, during the AtlantiCare Trauma Center’s 25th anniversary luncheon June 21 at ARMC Atlantic City Campus.

Approach to care
ARMC’s Trauma Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year by trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, trauma nurses, respiratory therapists, on-call consultants and vital support staff, including transfusion services, laboratory services and diagnostic radiology.

The team uses a multidisciplinary approach to care. It collaborates with first responders and community hospitals to ensure critically injured patients get the prompt, quality care they need. ARMC’s trauma team works with specialists, primary care providers, and other professionals on whom patients rely after their hospitalization, and coordinates discharge and follow-up care for patients, both regionally and internationally. Local patients can receive follow-up care at AtlantiCare’s Trauma Clinic.

Former patient Kaylie Shone shows recovery scrapbook to Debbi Grassi RN and Krista Brugger RN both of ARMC Trauma Intensive Care UnitFormer patient Kaylie Shone shows a scrapbook, containing photos of her car crash and recovery, to Debbi Grassi, RN, and Krista Brugger, RN, who both work in ARMC’s Trauma Intensive Care Unit.

Education and outreach
The Trauma Center provides education and outreach for the general community and healthcare providers. Community educational offerings include, but are not limited to:
• Seniors on Safety – Fall Prevention program for seniors focuses on medication, falls prevention and other safety issues affecting seniors. Falls are the number one leading cause of trauma (up to 43 percent).
• Prevention in 3D – The Trauma team invites high school classes from southern New Jersey into the hospital to learn about the risks death and injury from drinking, distracted driving and drugs. Various members of the team and outside speakers share stories, give the students a tour of the Trauma bay and helipad, and discuss the importance of avoiding risky behaviors.

Professional educational venues the Trauma Center offers include, but are not limited to:
• Annual Trauma Symposium for healthcare professionals and volunteers, focusing on advances in trauma and emergency medicine (fee required). The Symposium will mark its 20th year in 2018.
• Emergency Medical Services Education Series – Education for Emergency Medical Services Professionals to gain educational credit.
• Monthly Trauma Education – Physicians deliver presentations in the hospital geared toward all care providers.
• U.S. Coast Guard Educational Workshops (as requested) – Workshops are designed to enhance U.S. Coast Guard personnel’s preparation in the care and transportation of injured people.

ARMC Trauma Center History

June 2017 - ARMC Trauma Center marks 25th year of serving community.

April 2017 – Re-verified as a level II trauma center by The Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

March 2014 – Re-verified as a level II trauma center by The Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

June 1, 2012 – ARMC Trauma Center marks 20th year of serving community.

May 16 – 18, 2011 – ARMC Trauma Center has largest attendance at annual Trauma Symposium as more than 600 from across the country attend educational event.

July 20, 2009 – ARMC Trauma Center and AtlantiCare Life Center offer Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue™ classes - making AtlantiCare first health care organization in the nation to offer this nationally recognized program.

September, 2008 – Final floors open in George F. Lynn Harmony Pavilion, including new intensive care unit (ICU) that features 26 private rooms –and four new medical and surgical floors, each with 30 private inpatient suites – where ARMC Trauma patients are treated.

October 15, 2007 – New Trauma Resuscitation Bay with 4 beds opens at ARMC Atlantic City Campus.

July 31, 2007 - Officials from AtlantiCare and the Harrah’s Foundation announce the Harrah’s Foundation pledge of $1 million to AtlantiCare’s Special Gifts Campaign. In recognition of the contribution, AtlantiCare officials announce the renaming of the Trauma Center to the Harrah’s Regional Trauma Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Emergency Center.

May 24, 2007 – ARMC opens its new rooftop helipad, marking phase I of the $128 million expansion of the hospital’s Atlantic City Campus.

January 19, 2005 - AtlantiCare announces ACMC City Division expansion project and that it is renaming Atlantic City Medical Center - AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (City Campus and Mainland) to better reflect the medical center’s regional delivery of health and wellness services.

February 1998 – ARMC Trauma Center holds first Regional Trauma Symposium at the Sheraton in Atlantic City.

February 9, 1993 – Ribbon cutting marking opening of Phase II of ACMC Trauma Center – including helipad and holding area; expanded and updated blood bank; addition of 7-bed Trauma Intensive Care Unit; opening of expanded and updated Trauma Resuscitation Room; and addition of two-high speed elevators.

June 1, 1992 – Phase I opening of ACMC Trauma Center becomes a verified Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons.

July, 1991 – New Jersey State Health Care Coordinating Committee endorses a proposal for ARMC City Campus to become a regional trauma center.

September, 1991 – Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approves $2.8 million in financing, $1.8 million of which was funded by the Sands Casino Hotel, to assist in construction of $3 million Trauma Center project.

December, 1990 – ARMC, then Atlantic City Medical Center (ACMC), receives Certificate of Need from state to become a Regional Trauma Center

For More Information
For more information, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-677-6016, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.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:  June 9, 2017

Ben Brown, M.D., medical director, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ visits program participants

Ben Brown, M.D., medical director for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™, spent the morning of June 6 with current and former participants of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ at the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

AtlantiCare Ornish AlumniAlumni of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ at AtlantiCare gathered to meet Ben Brown, M.D. and reunite with AtlantiCare facilitators and group members.

“You are why I do this,” Brown said to program alumni. “Your stories and your accomplishments are inspiring.”

Brown, an advocate of lifestyle medicine since 1994, shared the Top Ten Tips from Past Participants on maintaining healthy lifestyle changes. “Set clear goals,” he advised. “Link what you want to your actions. Build exercise, stress management, and healthy eating into your daily routine.”

Ben Brown MD gives presentationBen Brown, M.D., medical director for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ addresses alumni of AtlantiCare’s Ornish program June 6 at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter.

David Brown, of Egg Harbor Township, completed the program in March. “I’ve completely changed the way I eat,” he said. “I switched to whole grains, and eat a primarily plant-based diet. I read food labels. I exercise four or five times a week – and I feel better. I have more energy.”

David Brown at buffetDavid Brown, of Egg Harbor Township, dishes meatless smoky bean tacos at the AtlantiCare Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ reunion luncheon June 6. “I’ve completely changed the way I eat as a result of the program,” Brown said.

David Brown added that his blood pressure and cholesterol levels are lower – and that he’s lost weight. “It’s encouraging to see these changes in yourself – and in fellow group members.” Brown cited the support he received from AtlantiCare staff and from colleagues in the Ornish program as important in his success. “The camaraderie, the energy we got from each other – you feel like you are not alone.”

“Public health in this country is teaching people how to eat and teaching people how to manage their stress,” said Ben Brown. “The formula for better health is simple: Stop doing what makes you sick, and start doing what makes you well. Our bodies are incredibly dynamic – they heal, and they can do so quickly when we give them the right circumstances.”

Ben Brown Denise Sutor alumniBen Brown, M.D., medical director for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ meets with Denise Sutor, BSN, RN, clinical nurse manager, Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, and alumni of AtlantiCare’s Ornish program.

Participants in the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ program at the Heart Institute at ARMC are community members who have experienced heart attack, heart surgery and/or heart disease, and who want to optimize their cardiac health. The program consists of eighteen four-hour sessions that address nutrition, stress management, and fitness to improve heart health, and provides social support for participants.

Through the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center program, participants, who have experienced heart attack, heart surgery and/or heart disease, meet twice weekly at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter. Each four-hour session includes a healthy lunch, exercise, support group, and education. AtlantiCare team members include a program medical director, registered dietitian, stress management specialist, exercise physiologist, nurse case manager and group support facilitator. 

About the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is the only full-service cardiac program in southeastern New Jersey, providing everything from diagnostic cardiac catheterization to open-heart surgery to electrophysiology.

Contacts:      
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-677-6016, (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.

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