For 40 years, employees have been at the heart of the fundraising efforts of the AtlantiCare Foundation. Funds that support the programs and offerings of AtlantiCare where additional resources are needed for continuation and growth. The Employee Giving Campaign will run from May 7 to June 2 and is designed to invite and celebrate our employees who make a difference in the lives of others in yet another way.
We hope this year especially, as we celebrate 40 years of making moments matter, you will choose to continue to make a difference in the lives of others in yet another way.
AtlantiCare Employees Gave Because...
Lab Technician, Cancer Care Institute
“AtlantiCare has been good to me and it’s in my heart to give. Giving back and helping someone gives me a good feeling.”
Andre Johnson joined Atlantic City Medical Center in June of 1981, her first job after finishing school at Atlantic Community College (now ACCC). She started at the City campus, then moved to Mainland and then would float between the cancer care institute locations in Egg Harbor Township and Cape May Court House, before eventually ending up in a full time role in Cape May. She is responsible for running tests for cancer patients and takes heart in helping them during their treatment. In addition to her important work with patients at the cancer center, Andre also helps her colleagues and coworkers by giving back to the Starfish fund and the Mainland Transformation Project.
Besides Andre’s dedicated work at AtlantiCare, she finds time to help her community as well. She is a Sunday school teacher for preschoolers in her town of Atlantic City, and also donates and volunteers with several other community organizations. Her belief is, “I don’t give to get back. While I have it to give, I will give, after all you can’t take it with you.”
Billing Specialist, Business Office
“I didn’t know how to say thank you to those who took care of me. Giving back through the Foundation is my way of saying thank you for the care I received.”
Marilyn Mullin currently is one of the longest standing employees at AtlantiCare. She joined Atlantic City Medical Center in November of 1970. “Things were so different then, everything was handwritten out, then typed.” She remembers when the business office received their first computers. “There were only two and staff would take turns using them.” Like most long-standing employees, she’s moved around between campuses and is now located at the Airport Commerce Center offices. Marilyn is not shy about sharing that she is a two-time cancer survivor and she has a special place in her heart for the Cancer Care Institute. “Everyone talks to each other there like you are family. Even in the treatment rooms. It’s wonderful.”
After having positive experiences with AtlantiCare as a patient, Marilyn decided to give back to AtlantiCare with gifts to the Treasure the Moment Fund and the Grateful Patient Fund. Family and community are important to Marilyn, she stays close to her sisters, nieces and nephews and sees them often. Because of this belief she also chooses to give to Healthy Schools, Healthy Children, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health, the Heart Institute, Growing Green and more.
Theresa “Terri” Fenton
Hospice Liaison RN, Hospice
“I feel like it’s the right thing to do. I hope to make a positive impact on someone.”
Terri Fenton joined the Atlantic City Medical Center in 1975 as a nurse on the sixth floor, which was a surgical unit at the time. She was fresh out of Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing in Camden and had recently lost her mother to a battle with breast cancer. That loss changed her direction; as she had originally planned on working at Lourdes and getting an apartment with friends in Camden. All of that changed quickly, she moved back home to Absecon after graduation and was hired as a nurse two weeks later. Forty-two years later, Terri has held several roles at ARMC from staff nurse to clinical manager and even found the time to complete her BSN with AtlantiCare’s RN to BSN program in 2000.
One of the funds she gives back to is the Heart Heroes program because Terri was saved by an AED herself. “At an AtlantiCare leadership conference in 2006, I went into cardiac arrest. Surrounded by clinical colleagues and friends, they took quick action and saved my life with the help of an AED.” Over the years she has seen family and friends receive services through AtlantiCare. Because of her experiences, including the loss of her mother, she also chooses to give back to the Cancer Care Institute, the Starfish fund and AtlantiCare Hospice.