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

Joseph Clark, (O) 609-272-6318, (C) 609-437-4014, Joseph.ClarkJr@atlanticare.org

For Immediate Release:   April 13, 2018  

AtlantiCare to participate in week-long observance of
National Healthcare Decisions Day


Marking National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) – April 16, AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, is promoting the importance of advance care planning with a week-long educational campaign from Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 22. The theme for 2018 NHDD is “It always seems too early, until it’s too late.” AtlantiCare’s Advance Care Planning Team will provide patients, members of the community, and staff with information about and assistance with advance care planning at the following locations:

4/16/18, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus
Outside of Cafeteria
1925 Pacific Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ  08401
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus
Outside of Cafeteria
65 West Jimmie Leeds Road
Pomona, NJ  08240

4/17/18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
AtlantiCare Health Park, Manahawkin Campus
Community Room
517 Route 72 West
Manahawkin, NJ  08050

4/18/18, 9 a.m. – Noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
AtlantiCare Health Park, Cape May Court House Campus
Bldg. 200, Suite 200
106 Court House South Dennis Road
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

4/19/18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex
1401 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ  08401

4/20/18, 9 a.m. – Noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
AtlantiCare Health Park, Hammonton Campus
219 N. White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ  08037    

Certified advance care planning facilitators will cover the importance of planning for end-of-life care; how values and beliefs guide decisions about care; what a healthcare agent is and does; what advance directives and other advance care planning documents are, and how to complete and use them; and more.

“Advance care planning allows individuals to clearly outline their personal choices about treatment options that take into account their personal values, beliefs, and preferences,” said Christeen Cornell, MSN, RN, CCM, director, AtlantiCare Advance Illness Management. “A common misbelief about advance care planning is that only older or very sick people need written healthcare directives. However, life can change in a moment for anyone at any age. Traumatic accidents and sudden serious illnesses can happen, even to young people and those in the prime of life. All adults, 18 and older, should have an advance directive that they share with their loved ones and their healthcare providers”

Through AtlantiCare’s Advance Care Planning service – My Health, My Wishes, My Choice, AtlantiCare offers patients, their families, members of the community, as well as providers and , advance care planning information and assistance. The Advance Care Planning Team shares information with groups, organizations, and businesses through its Conversations Matter: Advance Care Planning community lecture by request. AtlantiCare also provides information, including videos and links to certify with patients and their supporters to discuss advance care planning.

For more information about advance care planning, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org/advancecareplanning, or email advancecareplanning@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 5,900 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.


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