More than 800 people attended AtlantiCare’s 54th Annual Century Club Gala at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Saturday, during which AtlantiCare recognized New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie; the Ensign John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers®; and John W. Becher, DO, of Margate, with the Edward R. Knight Award for community service. The event raised more than $550 thousand through individual and corporate sponsorships to benefit AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program; Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program and Growing Green Initiative.
“By joining us and supporting the Foundation in other ways, you are helping us transform our approach to building a healthier community,” said AtlantiCare President and CEO David Tilton. “From our Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program promoting healthy eating and fitness among children and their families; to our Healing Arts Program incorporating the arts to contribute to a healing, comfortable environment in our primary care, urgent care, hospitals and other settings, the AtlantiCare Foundation’s work helps us achieve our mission of delivering health and healing to all people through trusting relationships.”
AtlantiCare Foundation Board Chairman Benjamin Zeltner thanked Gala chairpersons Ciro Randazzo, MD, MPH, neurovascular surgeon, AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute and assistant professor of Neurological Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, and his wife Lana, of Linwood, and Thomas and Peggy Sykes, of Atlantic City. Thomas Sykes is principle, SOSH Architects, Atlantic City, New Jersey and New York, New York. Peggy Sykes serves on the AtlantiCare Health Services Board.
About the Edward R. Knight Award and winners
AtlantiCare established the Edward R. Knight Award in 1998 to honor those who contribute to building a healthier community. It is named for the chairman emeritus of ARMC, Edward R. Knight, PhD, who has devoted more than 50 years of service to improving healthcare for those who live and work in southeastern New Jersey.
AtlantiCare recognized the Christies with the Edward R. Knight Special Award for their leadership and extraordinary efforts in support of the southern New Jersey Region and the state before, during and after Super Storm Sandy and through the renaissance of Atlantic City. Governor Christie credited “all of the first responders, the volunteers, the organizations that all came together to help New Jersey restore itself immediately after the storm and now are helping us rebuild our state.,” during his videotaped acceptance speech. Atlantic City Chief of Police Ernest Jubilee, Atlantic City Fire Chief Dennis Brooks; Michael Smith, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center paramedic, and Jay Potter, ARMC EMS communicator represented first responders in being recognized at the request of the Christies. “Thank you to all first responders and AtlantiCare staff for your sacrifice, professionalism and commitment to our community not only during Sandy but every day of the year,” said AtlantiCare Health System Chairman Eugene Arnone.
AtlantiCare presented Bill and Muriel Elliott, founders of the Ensign John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers®, with the Edward R. Knight Community Award for helping to save lives in accordance with Knight’s vision for creating a healthier community and a better place to live; and John Becher, DO, of Margate, who retired as chairman of Emergency Services at ARMC in 2012, with the Edward R. Knight Physician Award for his service and considerable contributions to AtlantiCare and the emergency medicine community.
About AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program
AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program works with area schools to create and sustain healthy school environments by providing resources and programming to ensure students are healthy and ready to learn.
About AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program
Through its Healing Arts program, AtlantiCare incorporates artwork in the healthcare setting with a goal of creating a healing, serene environment. AtlantiCare dedicates one percent of all new building costs to the commission of artwork by local and regional artists.
About AtlantiCare’s Growing Green Initiative
AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative empowers the community to take charge of its health by offering funds, resources, and education around the creation of access points for fresh, healthy food. By fostering the creation and sustenance of school and community gardens (33 to date in the region), AtlantiCare encourages healthier food choices while beautifying open spaces in neighborhoods and schools.
AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It does so by focusing on customer needs and expectations to provide accessible, comprehensive services of superior quality and value. AtlantiCare is comprised of AtlantiCare Regional Health Services including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, ambulatory services and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization.
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