For Immediate Release: March 28, 2017
AtlantiCare will mark National Doctor’s Day, Thursday, March 30, by sharing some of the many stories of its doctors’ dedication and compassion in a video on the AtlantiCare Facebook page. View the video here.
Members of the community are encouraged to join the celebration by sharing stories and by donating to the AtlantiCare Foundation in honor of their favorite providers. Donors can choose the AtlantiCare fund to which they wish to donate
To donate in a doctor’s name, thank a provider for his or her care, or to “pay it forward” to someone in need, visit www.atlanticare.org/giving.
Following are some of the background and stories AtlantiCare is sharing to honor its team of more than 900 dedicated physicians:
Priyesh Thakkar, D.O., nephrologist Northfield, and president of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s (ARMC) Medical Staff, chose to become a nephrologist after meeting some of the nephrologists who cared for his sister. She was hospitalized many times, starting when she was a baby, for nephrotic syndrome—a disease where protein spills into the urine. “She went through this for about 10 to 12 years, so we were in and out of the hospital. I came to know many of the nephrologists, and it piqued my interest. I decided I wanted to try to help as many people with kidney disease as I could.”
“I learn something new from each family,” says Jennifer Tioseco, M.D., neonatologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and medical director, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at ARMC Mainland Campus, Pomona. Tioseco also serves as an officer-at-large of the hospital’s Medical Staff. “Each family is different and so are families’ needs. I remember caring for a family in particular who had a specific cultural belief that they practiced. Once we found out what that was and how to observe and practice it, we were able to communicate much better with the family and help them through their journey in the NICU.”
David Huang, M.D., outpatient medical director, ARMC Department of Psychiatry, says he enjoys being a cheerleader for his patients. It’s rewarding to help people; to be there for them and go through, with them, whatever it is they’re going through, he says. Huang recalls one of his patients who went through a traumatic incident. “Not only did she survive it, but she overcame it and is now a speaker in a school to help other victims of trauma,” he adds. “It makes me so proud to see my patients thrive and see how far they’ve come.”
“I chose primary care for my specialty because I wanted to take care of patients of all ages, from pediatrics up through geriatrics,” says Kimberly Jones-Mudd, D.O., physician, AtlantiCare Physician Group Primary Care Plus, Hammonton, New Jersey. “I enjoy taking care of multiple generations within a family. It makes me so happy to see a grandmother and a grandchild in the same day, and to know I’m caring for them and that they feel cared for.” Jones-Mudd also finds it an honor to care for a patient on hospice. “It’s a moment that I get to really extend that compassion I want to give to all my patients, but it’s especially important in that moment.”
James Eakins, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director, the regional Trauma Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus in Atlantic City, says there’s no one proud moment as a physician. “It’s over and over,” he explains. “An example would be someone who comes in badly injured, and maybe he or she is not expected to survive, and in the end, the patient does survive. Sometimes he or she comes back to thank the whole team, and it makes you say, ‘this is why we do what we do.'’
To share a story or message about a favorite provider, visit AtlantiCare’s Facebook page.
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.