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AtlantiCare to host “Showcasing the Strength in Our Diversity” John Quiñones of ABC’s “What Would You Do?” to be keynote speaker

AtlantiCare will host “Showcasing the Strength in Our Diversity,” Monday, September 24 at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Campus Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, New Jersey, part of an AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center continuing medical education event that will feature a panel presentation - Understanding the Healthcare Needs of Our Diverse Community. Registration is from 4 p.m. to 4:30. The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Keynote speaker John Quiñones, Emmy Award-winning anchor of ABC News’ “What Would You Do?”, will discuss diversity and inclusion and the impact of discriminatory behaviors.

Panelists will include:
• Anjeanette Brown, MD, breast cancer surgeon, of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Department of Surgery
• Ines Digenio, MD, medical director, AtlantiCare Special Care Center
• Anthony Macchiavelli, MD, director, Hospitalist Program, ARMC
• Ephrem Hector Paradela, MD, family physician, AtlantiCare Physician Group Primary Care Plus
• Cydney Savage, LPC,  clinical director, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health Outpatient Services

AtlantiCare’s Employee Resource Groups are hosting the inaugural multicultural community event, which will be of particular interest to medical professionals and volunteers and will offer educational credits for physicians, physician assistants, medical residents, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals. Registration is required. To register, or for more information about the event, including educational credits, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, or visit http://www.atlanticare.org/index.php/find-an-event. Registration fee is $25 ($10 for AtlantiCare staff and physicians and Stockton students and staff). AtlantiCare will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres.

“Through this continuing medical education event we hope to increase awareness among not only our physicians and staff, but also our community, about the national issue of increasing awareness of, and eliminating disparities in healthcare,” said Nilda Mahrer, manager, Human Resources Programs, who added “Showcasing the Strength in Our Diversity” is one of several educational events Employee Resource groups within AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Disparities Council have held this year for physicians and staff. “Providing quality care involves understanding assumptions, expectations and behaviors of the diverse community and cultures we serve. Including our community in this important work is one way we accomplish that.”

About AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Disparities Council
AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Disparities Council, which includes physicians, staff and leadership from throughout AtlantiCare, established employee resource groups (ERGs). The ERGs help support the mission of the Diversity & Disparities 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, Asian Pacific Americans, Hispanic Americans, LGBT and Military.

About John Quiñones
John Quiñones, who has been with the network nearly 25 years, is the sole anchor of the “Primetime” series “What Would You Do?” - one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his tenure he has reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent for “Primetime” and “20/20.”
While Quiñones was covering the Chilean Miners’ disaster in 2010, he was the first journalist out of thousands to get an exclusive interview with the first survivor.

Quiñones’ work for “What Would You Do?” captures people’s reactions when confronted with dilemmas compelling them to either act or walk away.  He has extensively covered a religious sect in Northern Arizona that forces its young female members to take part in polygamous marriages. Other reports include going undercover with a hidden camera to reveal how clinics were performing unnecessary surgical procedures as part of a major nationwide insurance scam; he followed along with a group of would-be Mexican immigrants as they attempted to cross into the U.S. via the treacherous route known as “The Devil’s Highway”; and he traveled to Israel for a CINE Award-winning report about suicide bombers.

In September 1999, Quiñones anchored a critically acclaimed ABC News special entitled “Latin Beat,” focusing on the wave of Latin talent sweeping the U.S., the impact of the recent population explosion and how it will affect the nation as a whole. He was awarded an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza. He also contributed reports to ABC News’ unprecedented 24-hour, live, global Millennium broadcast, which won the George Foster Peabody Award.

Quiñones’ reports for “20/20” have included an in-depth look at the unprecedented lawsuit against the Cuban government by a woman who claimed she unknowingly married a spy, and an exclusive interview with a Florida teenager who brutally killed her adoptive mother. He was honored with a Gabriel Award for his poignant report that followed a young man to Colombia, as he made an emotional journey to reunite with his birth mother after two decades. Other stories originating from Central America include political and economic turmoil in Argentina and civil war in El Salvador. During the ‘80s he spent nearly a decade in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama reporting for “World News Tonight.”

Quiñones has won seven national Emmy Awards for his “Primetime Live,” “Burning Questions” and “20/20” work. He was awarded an Emmy for his coverage of the Congo’s virgin rainforest, which also won the Ark Trust Wildlife Award, and in 1990 he received an Emmy for “Window in the Past,” a look at the Yanomamo Indians. He received a National Emmy Award for his work on the ABC documentary “Burning Questions—The Poisoning of America,” which aired in September 1988, and was also honored with a World Hunger Media Award and a Citation from the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for “To Save the Children,” his 1990 report on the homeless children of Bogota. Among his other prestigious awards are the First Prize in International Reporting and Robert F. Kennedy Prize for his piece on “Modern Slavery -- Children Sugar Cane Cutters in the Dominican Republic.” He received an Outstanding Alumni Award from his alma mater, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2010.

Quiñones joined ABC News in June 1982 as a general assignment correspondent based in Miami, providing reports for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and other ABC News broadcasts. He was one of the few American journalists reporting from Panama City during the U.S. invasion in December 1989.

Prior to joining ABC News, he was a reporter with WBBM-TV in Chicago. He won two Emmy Awards for his 1980 reporting on the plight of illegal aliens from Mexico. From 1975 to 1978 he was news editor at KTRH radio in Houston, Texas. During that period, he also was an anchor-reporter for KPRC-TV.

Quiñones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. He received a Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism.

For more information or to find an AtlantiCare physician or provider, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

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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 5,461 employees and 600 physicians serve the community in more than 60 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.

 

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