For Immediate Release: February 27, 2018

Ali Goode says Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ at AtlantiCare
helped her feel better, have more energy

At 84-years-young, she adds to her volunteer schedule


“I had so much energy after participating in AtlantiCare’s Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Ornish LifeStyle Medicine at AtlantiCare™, that I started volunteering in the gift shop of the Alcove Center for Grieving Children & Families in Northfield, NJ,” says Ali Goode, of Ventnor. She resumed volunteering as council secretary for her residential community.

Watch, How Ali Got Her Groove Back  here.


Maryanne Cannuscio makes donation and purchase with Ali Goodes help Alcove Thrift Shop2Ali Goode models a scarf for Maryanne Cannuscio at the Alcove Center
for Grieving Children and Families Thrift Shop.Cannuscio  made
a donation to, and a purchase from the shop, with Goode's assistance.


Goode had already been volunteering as a transportation dispatcher for the Martin Bloom Community Pavilion in Margate. N.J. “I now go to exercise classes at the Jewish Community Center three to four times a week. Sometimes I also go to the gym.” She says she also makes time to play Canasta and Mahjongg weekly with friends. Goode, 84 years young, says in addition to having more energy, she has experienced other health benefits.

Goode’s primary care provider, Leslie Rosenthal, M.D., AtlantiCare Physician Group Primary Care, did an EKG in his office in 2012 during a checkup. He called an ambulance to take her to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s (ARMC) Cardiac Catheterization and Rhythm Center. The team diagnosed her with atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. After that, she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Ejaz Khan, M.D., AtlantiCare Physician Group Cardiology, placed her pacemaker at ARMC in January, 2017. While at the hospital for a check of her pacemaker, Goode saw a pamphlet about AtlantiCare’s Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and a book featuring people who’d participated in the Ornish LifeStyle Medicine™. “I thought ‘Oh, this is what I want to do,’ ” says Goode.

AtlantiCare Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program participants meet for eighteen four-hour sessions at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Each session includes information about nutrition, stress management, fitness. The sessions include a healthy lunch, group and individual exercise, support group meeting, and education. AtlantiCare team members, most of whom are at all meetings, include a program medical director, registered dietitian, stress management specialist, exercise physiologist, nurse case manager and group support facilitator. Guest lecturers sometimes attend the group. AtlantiCare holds a quarterly reunion for all participants.

“The program was everything I could have hoped for,’ says Goode. The nutritional aspect was good for me. Eating right and exercising with group support, I was able to go off my water pill. I have more energy. My blood pressure came down. I now take one of my heart medications once daily instead of twice. Now I very seldom have a reading that I have an irregular heartbeat. I’ve lost 12 pounds and lost 2 inches off my waist and hips.”


Ali Goode holds art at Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families Thrift shoptAli Goode holds artwork for sale at the Alcove Center for Grieiving Children and Families
in Northfield, NJ, where she is a volunteer. She says she's doing more of what
makes her happy, thanks to her care team, and her participation in
Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ at AtlantiCare.


Goode says she’s grateful that most of her providers are AtlantiCare doctors. “It’s nice because they can easily communicate with each other about my care,” she says.

“The staff is wonderful,” says Goode of AtlantiCare’s Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program team. “They are the nicest, kindest people. They are so pleasant and helpful.”

Theresa Hoey, exercise physiologist on the team, recently visited Goode at the thrift shop. “Ali looks wonderful,” said Hoey. “We’re all proud of her for making healthy lifestyle changes. Ali is an incredibly good-hearted, giving person. She is an inspiration.”


Ali Goode Teresa Hoey atlanticare exercise physiologist

Ali Goode, AtlantiCare Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Graduate, hugs Teresa Hoey, AtlantiCare exercise physiologist. Hoey, a member of the AtlantiCare Team who helped Goode make healthy lifestyle changes, recently visited Goode at the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families Thrift Shop.


After participating in the program, Goode asked Denise Sutor, RN, program director, to talk with seniors at her residence about how they can make heart-healthy life changes. “If everyone could benefit as much as I did, it would be wonderful,” she says.


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

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


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.

© Copyright AtlantiCare 2016. All Rights Reserved.