Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2017

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services
to hold 12th annual Candlelight Vigil
Event to mark
National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Who: AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare

What: To hold its 12th annual Candlelight Vigil

When: Monday, December 18, 2017; 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Remarks will be at 3:15 p.m.)

Where: William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex, 1401 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Details: AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare will hold its 12th annual Candlelight Vigil in memory of those who died homeless in 2017. The event will take place in advance of Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. The vigil, which will take place outside the entrance to the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HeathPlex, will include the reading of the names of many who died homeless in 2017

The keynote speaker will be Vanessa Vitolo, outreach coordinator for Victory Bay Recovery Center, Laurel Springs, New Jersey. She has dedicated her life, both professionally and personally, to helping others by sharing her story of addiction and recovery. Vitolo draws on her experiences as a recovering addict to offer a message of hope, reduce the stigma of addiction, and advocate for change that can positively impact the national opioid crisis.

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Vanessa Vitolo, outreach coordinator for Victory Bay Recovery Center, and addicitions recovery advocate,
will be keynote speaker for AtlantiCare's Homeless Persons' Memorial Candlelight Vigil.


The Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, and Covenant House will be among organizations joining AtlantiCare for the event.

Every year since its inception in 1990, Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day has taken place in cities around the country on or around December 21 - the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. This is the eleventh year AtlantiCare has participated. The event is co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the National Consumer Advisory Board and the New Jersey Advocacy Network to End Homelessness.

About AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services
AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services, located in the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City, is among 20 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in the state and one of only five that serve homeless. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The top three diagnoses the AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services team treats are hypertension, diabetes and respiratory conditions. The services include primary care and physical exams; case management; disease management; medication administration and distribution; health screenings for diabetes and heart disease; tuberculosis testing; drug and alcohol counseling; HIV/AIDS testing and counseling; and psychiatric services. Patients pay on an income-based sliding fee scale; no one is turned away, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, an advanced practice psychiatric nurse, a licensed practical nurse, clinical social workers, medical assistants, case managers and educators. Clients are identified through hospital discharges, mobile outreach and collaboration with community social services including the Atlantic County Women’s Center, Jewish Family Services and Covenant House.


AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, 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 5,800 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 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.


Media Contact: 
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org



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