For Immediate Release: February 28, 2014
AtlantiCare representatives held a reception Thursday to mark the groundbreaking Monday of the $62.5 million AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Transformation/Modernization Project. The project will include a more than 35,000 square foot expansion at the Mainland Campus current front entrance, upgrades to the existing facility, which opened in 1975, and additional enhancements.
Whether it’s welcoming your first child; holding your wife’s hand after she has life-saving cardiac surgery; being able to hit the ski slopes in your seventies after having both knees replaced or heading to the emergency department after a nasty slip on an icy driveway courtesy of the winter of 2014; you have memories from – and trust in - the ARMC Mainland Campus Team,” David Tilton, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, shared with attendees. Our community has trusted us over the years – to continue to bring new services, to meet its growing needs.
“Our Board has been committed to ensuring our experienced staff cares for patients using the most advanced technology in the most appropriate setting. It did so long before we first opened our doors here. Since then it has done so through many renovations, expansions and new programs and services.” Tilton invited guests to watcha video of the groundbreaking, explaining the team held the groundbreaking earlier in the week between the recent wintry weather blasts of cold, snow and ice.
“The AtlantiCare Board members are most concerned with providing services needed in our community, and ARMC’s team listened to the community, by thoughtfully planning a practical expansion that will meet those needs,” said Kenneth Steinberg, chair, AtlantiCare Regional Health Services Board. “Building what is right means expanding the hospital, but with the real and achievable goal being to keep people healthy and ironically, out of the hospital bed. We will be modernizing this facility – and transforming the way AtlantiCare delivers care.”
“One of the reasons we can be here today to kick off this project is because of a special gift we received from the estate of Jean and Bill Thoms a few years ago in acknowledgement of the care they received at our Mainland Campus,” noted Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare and president and CEO, ARMC. Herndon thanked ARMC Mainland Campus Auxiliary member Claire Schoer, who assisted in ensuring the gift was made in accordance with the couple’s wishes. She also thanked Linda Stanton, Auxiliary president, and Auxiliary members for the Auxiliary’s recent $500,000 pledge to the hospital.
“As we do with every project for our community – we are involving the caregivers and those who seek care in our planning,” said Herndon. “Because the scope of this renovation is largely about enhancing clinical care and capability, we have involved our clinicians every step of the way and I am grateful for their contributions and support of this project.” Herndon also thanked patients, physicians, staff and volunteers for their support and patience as AtlantiCare continues to deliver care through our renovation.
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AtlantiCare 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 5,221 employees and more than 700 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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