Representatives of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus, Pomona, and of the hospital’s Heart Heroes, presented three automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the Atlantic City Board of Education at the start of the Board’s May 20 meeting.
“We are grateful for the assistance by AtlantiCare and its Heart Heroes in securing these AEDs,” said Frank Campo, supervisor of Athletics for the district. “AtlantiCare has provided this community service since a decade before Janet’s Law was signed. Whether we are hosting a sporting event, or our student athletes are at an away game, the students, their families and spectators will now have added protection in the event of a heart attack. We will also be compliant with the law before it goes into effect in September.”
Pictured left to right are Donna Haye, Atlantic City Schools superintendent; Patricia Bailey, Atlantic City Board of Education president; and Rose McCarthy, RN, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Heart Institute nurse and coordinator, ARMC Heart Heroes Program.
Pictured left to right are Pat McCarthy, RN, ARMC Heart Hero volunteer; Donna Haye, Atlantic City Schools superintendent; Patricia Bailey, Atlantic City Board of Education president; Rose McCarthy, RN, ARMC Heart Institute nurse and coordinator, Heart Heroes Program; and Rita Triola, Jigar Shaw and Kathy Rawa, Heart Hero volunteers.
The AEDs were the 120th, 121st, and 122nd has placed through the ARMC Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program. The Heart Heroes, a volunteer group founded in 2002, raises funds for the Heart Institute at ARMC and the AtlantiCare Foundation to place AEDs in the community. The Heart Heroes fund a portion of the AED and community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds. To donate to the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program, visit the AtlantiCare Foundation donation web page or calling the AtlantiCare Access Center for assistance at 1-888-569-1000. To apply for an AED through the program, visit AtlantiCare’s web page. Those interested in becoming an ARMC Heart Hero volunteer should fill out a volunteer application online or call the AtlantiCare Access Center.
About Janet’s Law
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed Janet’s Law, or A-1608, September 21, 2012. It requires in part that all public and non-public kindergarten through grade 12 schools in the state have AEDs and establish emergency action plans for responding to sudden cardiac events by September, 2014.
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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