For Immediate Release: February 25, 2015

Assumption students, AtlantiCare Heart Heroes present
AED to Galloway Municipal Building
Presentation is 150th in community

Students at Assumption Regional Catholic School, Galloway, and the AtlantiCare Heart Institute Heart Heroes joined forces to provide funds for an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the Galloway Municipal Building. This was the fourth presentation made in Galloway as collaboration between the Heart Heroes and Assumption students. The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes have also presented other AEDs to the township and other organizations in Galloway.

Assumption-Student-Council-Group-Shot- representatives-AtlantiCare-Heart-Heroes-Mary-Ellen-Schurtz-Anthony-Coppola-Jr.-Joe-PicardiAssumption Regional Catholic School and AtlantiCare’s Heart Heroes presented an automated external defibrillator to Galloway Township February 25. The donation was the 150th made through the Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program and the fourth through which the school supplied the matching funds to place an AED in the Galloway community. Pictured are members of Assumption’s Student Council, who organized a wear red, dress down fundraiser during American Heart Month to raise the funds; Rita Triola, Patricia McCarthy and Kathy Rawa, AtlantiCare Heart Hero volunteers; Anthony J. Coppola, Jr., deputy mayor, Galloway; Makayla Brennan, Assumption Student Council president; Mary Ellen Schurtz, principal, Assumption Regional Catholic School; Rose Marie McCarthy, RN, cardiology nurse navigator and Heart Heroes coordinator, the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center; and Joseph Picardi, lieutenant and assistant AED coordinator, Galloway Police Department.

Anthony J. Coppola, Jr., deputy mayor, Galloway; and Joseph Picardi, lieutenant and assistant AED coordinator, Galloway Police Department, accepted the AED on behalf of the Galloway Municipal Building. Both thanked the students and AtlantiCare. “Because of you, more lives will be saved and more heartbeats will happen,” said Coppola, who also commended the students on their other fundraising efforts on behalf of the community.

“These devices save lives. You are making a difference in our community,” Picardi told the students and Heart Heroes.

“It is a privilege to partner with the ARMC Heart Heroes to make a difference to those in need in our community,” said Mary Ellen Schurtz, principal, Assumption Regional Catholic School. “One of the joys that our students experience is to be able to show the community how much we care. This gift to Galloway – and those it serves in the Galloway Municipal Building - is at the heart of our caring.”

“I am proud of our school for all its extraordinary work in our community,” Makayla Brennan, eighth grade student and president, Student Council, told her classmates during the assembly presentation. “Experiences like these teach each of us the importance of compassion and the importance of helping others in need.”

Rita-Triola-Patricia-McCarthy-Kathy-Rawa-Anthony-Coppola-Jr.-Makayla-Brennan-Rose-Marie-McCarthy-RN-Joe-PicardiRita Triola, Patricia McCarthy, and Kathy Rawa, AtlantiCare Heart Hero volunteers; Anthony Coppola, Jr., deputy mayor, Galloway; Makayla Brennan, Assumption Student Council president; Rose Marie McCarthy, RN, cardiology nurse navigator and Heart Heroes coordinator, the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center; and Joseph Picardi, lieutenant and assistant AED coordinator, Galloway Police Department. Brennan thanked students on behalf of Student Council in an assembly during which the students and the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes presented an AED to Galloway for use in its municipal building.

“Thank you for holding your dress-down day by wearing red during American Heart Month to remind people it is important to get help quickly for a heart attack,” said, Rose Marie McCarthy, RN, cardiology nurse navigator and Heart Heroes coordinator, the Heart Institute at ARMC thanked the students, later asking them what they should do if they saw someone experiencing heart attack symptoms.

Children responded, “Dial 911!”

Assumption’s school community, lead by the student council, participates in monthly service projects. For the month of February, Student Council organized a dress-down day, during which students and staff donated money to don casual wear for a cause. Participants were encouraged to wear red in recognition of American Heart Month.

The AED was the 150th placed through the ARMC Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program. The Heart Heroes volunteers raise funds for the Heart Institute at ARMC and the AtlantiCare Foundation to place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the community. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The Heart Heroes Program funds a portion of the AED cost. Community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds. Since 2002, the program has placed 150 AEDs in the community to increase awareness about the importance of prompt care for heart attack.

The public can donate to the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program by visiting the AtlantiCare Foundation donation web page or calling the AtlantiCare Access Center for assistance at 1-888-569-1000. Those interested in becoming an ARMC Heart Hero volunteer should fill out a volunteer application online or call the AtlantiCare Access Center.

About Assumption Regional Catholic School

Established in 1957, Assumption Regional Catholic School has excelled at helping students grade Pre K through 8th grow as learners and as individuals in a nurturing, safe, faith-based environment. ARCS programs, academics, clubs, performing arts, before and after school care and athletics, has the technology, the staff and the resources in place, to enable students to prepare spiritually, educationally and socially for high school and adulthood. Students operate according to the guiding principle WE CARE: Work together to strengthen our Faith Community centered on Catholic values; Emphasize positive achievements; Cohort responsibilities of teachers and students; Adopt a cause; Reaffirm a more caring environment; and Expand academic excellence throughout all disciplines.

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

Cathryn Flammer, (O) 609-652-7134, cflammer@arcsgalloway.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 5,221 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.