For Immediate Release: September 19, 2017

AtlantiCare donates AED to Absecon Library

in memory of

Ray Coleman, Heart Hero volunteer

AtlantiCare recognized the late Ray Coleman by donating an automated external defibrillator (AED) and case to the Absecon Library Monday, September 18 in his memory. Coleman, who died in January, was an AtlantiCare Heart Heroes volunteer.

Johanne Coleman, Ray Coleman’s wife of 50 years; their son Shawn Coleman; and Absecon Mayor John Armstrong were among those who accepted the donation during a meeting of the library’s board of directors.

“Ray enthusiastically raised funds and awareness to help AtlantiCare place automated external defibrillators in the community,” said Samantha Kiley, executive director, AtlantiCare Foundation. We are pleased to remember him by placing this potentially life-saving AED in his hometown, in his memory.” Kiley noted Ray Coleman staunchly supported the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Auxiliary, on which Johanne has served for many years. “He contributed to the Auxiliary in so many ways, from attending events, to lending more than a hand, he helped with whatever the need was. He made a difference in our community.”


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Barbara Wilson, director, Absecon Library; Richard Williams, president, Absecon Library Board; Shawn Coleman; Johanne Coleman; Samantha Kiley, executive director, AtlantiCare Foundation; Rose McCarthy, RN, nurse navigator, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, and coordinator, AtlantiCare Heart Heroes.


About the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes

The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes is an AtlantiCare Foundation-funded program that places automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the community on behalf of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. The program began in 2002, spurred by a small group of dedicated AtlantiCare volunteers who were known as “The Heart Heroes,” who raised funds to help AtlantiCare make AEDs available in the community. Through the program, AtlantiCare Heart Hero funds cover half of purchase price of the AED and the requesting organization covers the other half. In some cases, other organizations donate the matching funds. In some cases, AtlantiCare has covered the full cost of the AEDs. The September 18 donation was the 236th donation

Organizations, groups and individuals can donate directly to the program by making a gift to the Foundation. Applications for the Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program are available on AtlantiCare's website.

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



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 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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