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Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri visits AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center

For immediate release: July 1, 2014

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri visits AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center

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Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri presents a "Miss America Princess" sash to ARMC patient Sydirah Walden, of Hammonton. Miss Davuluri visited patients and families at ARMC's City Campus Monday June 30.

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri visited AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus to meet with patients, staff and physicians Monday. She toured the hospital's regional Trauma Center – getting a view of the city where she was crowned from atop the helipad. She met with patients and families, as well as the CHOP Newborn & Pediatric Care at AtlantiCare team at The Stanley M. Grossman Pediatric Center; and visited Emergency, Trauma and Medical Surgical patients. Davuluri also met with AtlantiCare's Diversity & Inclusion Council's Employee Resource groups (ERGs) to discuss their shared focus on diversity and cultural competency. To view a video of Miss America's visit, click here.

"We care for patients from all over the world," Margaret Belfield, chief operating officer, ARMC, told Davuluri as she met with the ERGs. "Some are visitors to Atlantic City. Others live and work in our community and represent many cultures. We are pleased you could be with us to share your important message, and to make this a special day for patients and staff."

Patricia Marrandino, of Brigantine, a former volunteer hostess for the Miss America Organization, was thrilled to meet Davuluri. "My granddaughters will be so excited," she said, not containing her own excitement about the visit. Davuluri gave "Miss America Princess" sashes to Marrandino for her granddaughters, and to pediatric patients Sydirah Walden and Tazmeen Hussain.

Over the course of her services as Miss America 2014, Davuluri has been travelling the country addressing an array of audiences on her platform: Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency. As part of her consciousness-raising efforts on behalf of diversity, she has also launched a social media campaign, Circles of Unity, to encourage constructive and civil dialogue on diversity issues. Through her social media channels, Davuluri asks people to share "representative thoughts and stories about their experiences on how we as a nation can advance cultural awareness."

"Miss America's platform leads us to the need to help people grow with cultural diversity and to understand how it affects us," said Cydney Savage, LPC, director, Adult Outpatient Services, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health and AtlantiCare LGBT Employee Resource Group co-chair. "She is a great person to bring this important message to the masses and to our communities. It was an honor to have her with us."

"Miss America's message was one of ensuring equality for all and creating a culture of awareness for healthcare issues in particular that we're dealing with," said Anthony Macchiavelli, MD, medical director, AtlantiCare hospitalist program and executive sponsor, AtlantiCare Military Employee Support Group. He added her visit highlighted the importance of AtlantiCare's continuing to identify and eliminate healthcare disparities.

Davuluri has also been advocating for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives and serving as the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Miss America Organization's national platform partner, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Together, the two organizations share a commitment in raising awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals as well as the Miss America Scholarship Program.

Miss-America-2014-Nina-Davuluri-outisde AtlantiCare-Regional-Medical-Center-art-wall-in-background-low-resNina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, visited AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus to meet with patients, staff and physicians. "Visiting patients is one of the best parts of my job," Davuluri said.Miss-America-2014-Nina-Davuluri-on-ARMC-helipad-with-AtlantiCare-Trauma-Team-low-res
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri joins the AtlantiCare trauma team on the ARMC City Campus helipad, getting a view of the city where she was crowned.

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AtlantiCare Diversity and Inclusion Employee Resource Groups met Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri during her visit to ARMC City Campus. "There are so many wonderful initiatives taking place at AtlantiCare," said Miss Davuluri of AtlantiCare's ERGs' work with and around diversity. Her platform, "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency," aims to raise awareness of diversity.

About CHOP Newborn & Pediatric Care at AtlantiCare

Chop Newborn & Pediatric Care at AtlantiCare delivers Children's Hospital of Philadelphia tertiary pediatric and subspecialist support to the southeastern New Jersey communities AtlantiCare serves. CHOP Pediatric hospitalists are on-site at the Stanley M. Grossman Pediatric Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Atlantic City Campus. CHOP neonatologists staff the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at ARMC Mainland Campus, Pomona. CHOP clinicians also consult with emergency teams at ARMC City Campus Emergency Center and ARMC Mainland Campus Emergency Department, Pomona, when needed.

About ARMC's Trauma Center
ARMC is one of ten trauma centers in the state. It is one of seven Level II trauma centers. As a Level II trauma center, it is expected to provide definitive trauma care, regardless of the severity of injury. ARMC's Trauma Center at AtlantiCare is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year by trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, trauma nurses, respiratory therapists, on-call consultants and vital support services, including transfusion services, laboratory services and diagnostic radiology. The Center provides community and professional education and outreach, including a Prevention in 3D education program aimed at preventing death and injury from drinking, driving and drugs.

About AtlantiCare's Diversity & Inclusion Council

AtlantiCare's Diversity & Inclusion Council, which includes staff and leadership from throughout AtlantiCare, established employee resource groups (ERGs). The ERGs help support the mission of the Diversity & Inclusion Council by educating staff about the culture/community; celebrating community/cultural holidays and events; representing AtlantiCare at community/cultural events; enhancing recruitment efforts; and identifying top health concerns and developing ideas for addressing these concerns. AtlantiCare ERG groups include African Americans (Heritage of Soul), Asian Pacific Americans (APEG), Hispanic Americans (ALMA), LGBT (PRIDE), Military (HONORS), Interfaith (PATHS), and Disabilities (CAARE).

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446,

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Betsy Woerner, 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361,

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Miss America Organization, 609-653-8700,

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