For Immediate Release: February 17, 2017
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.
“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.
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.
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.