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For Immediate Release: June 9, 2015
AtlantiCare cut the ribbon on the expansion of ARMC Mainland Campus June 4 – marking the second phase of the $62.5 million Mainland Modernization Project. The two-story, 35,000 square foot expansion, which focuses in part on the increased need for surgical services, will open to the public in mid-June.
“As AtlantiCare continues to offer exceptional inpatient and specialty care, more people are choosing to stay local rather than travel to Philly or New York,” explained Eugene Arnone, chairman, AtlantiCare Healthy System Board. “As has been our hallmark throughout AtlantiCare’s history, we have anticipated our community’s needs with the development of this addition and renovation project.
“Many people were worried back in the day that patients and doctors wouldn’t embrace the new ‘hospital in the woods’,” said Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare and president and CEO, ARMC. “This is our fourth major expansion since we opened 40 years ago.”
“To quote Dr. Edward Knight, the late chairman of the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Board of Governors, when he spoke at the Mainland expansion in 1985,” said David Tilton, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, “‘When we depart from this ceremony, we shall leave with the glow of knowing that inside these walls, untold thousands of patients will be restored to health.’”
About the ARMC Mainland Modernization Project
Groundbreaking for the $62.5 million project took place February 24, 2014. It includes a more than 35,000 square foot expansion at the Mainland Campus front entrance, upgrades to the existing facility, which opened in June, 1975, and additional enhancements. The expansion focuses on the increased need for surgical services.
The works of 70 artists from New Jersey and the Philadelphia area are featured in the expansion and other areas of the Modernization Project. The 225 works include two-dimensional and three-dimensional original pieces; oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; gicleé prints; mixed media art; photography; mosaics; ceramics; fabric art; collages, glass arts; and sculptures. It includes commissioned original works by eleven artists. The works are funded through AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program, in part, by donations to the AtlantiCare Foundation.
The new two-and-a-half story addition, named the Rothman Institute Pavilion, in recognition of the Rothman Institute’s $3 million gift to the ARMC Mainland Transformation Campaign, includes:
The Modernization has also included the addition of 223 parking spaces and other exterior and interior upgrades. Additional renovation work will continue into 2016.
Building and Design Team
About the ARMC Mainland Transformation Campaign
The ARMC Mainland Transformation Campaign began in May, 2014 with a $3 million gift from Rothman Institute. Through this gift, $285,000 in personal gifts from Rothman Institute physicians and leadership, and other generous donations from the community, the campaign raised $6 million within one year, surpassing its goal by $500,000 dollars. Campaign co-chairs were Michael Charlton, vice chairman, AtlantiCare Health System Board and Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare, and president and CEO, ARMC.
About ARMC Mainland Campus History
Over the last 40 years, ARMC Mainland Campus has undergone expansions and renovations to meet the community’s growing healthcare needs. Important dates in ARMC Mainland Campus history include, but are not limited to:
2014 AtlantiCare breaks ground for 62.5 million AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Transformation/Modernization Project
2009 $20 million Cardiac Catheterization and Rhythm Center opens at ARMC Mainland Campus
2008 $13.4 million Progressive Cardiac Care Unit opens at ARMC Mainland Campus
2005 ARMC Mainland Campus opens a $35 million expansion. Three-story, 71,000 square foot facility; features new Emergency Department, Center for Childbirth
2005 Atlantic City Medical Center name changes to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC)
2004 The Heart Institute at ACMC opens region’s first Arrhythmia Center, which includes a new Electrophysiology Lab
2003 ACMC breaks ground on $35 million expansion of Mainland Campus
2001 ACMC opens the Heart Institute, the region’s only cardiac surgery program, in Mainland Campus 1998 ACMC celebrates 100 years of service to the community
1993 ACMC Board of Governors establishes regional health system AtlantiCare
1989 ACMC opens RNS Regional Cancer Center in Mainland Campus
1988 ACMC opens region’s first cardiac catheterization lab at Mainland
1985 ACMC Mainland Campus opens expansion, featuring a new short-term Psychiatric unit; a Medical/Surgical unit; a new Intensive Care Unit; and Pediatrics/Maternity facilities, and increasing total beds from 110 to 290.
1975 ACMC Mainland Campus admits first patient – June 30
1975 Board of Governors of Atlantic City Medical Center holds Mainland Campus Dedication Event – June 27
1973 Atlantic City Hospital name changes to Atlantic City Medical Center (ACMC)
1898 Atlantic City Hospital opens at 26 South Ohio Avenue and admits first patient, 11-year-old Gussie Johan, who suffered a broken leg after falling off of a carriage when a goat frightened his horse.
About AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program
AtlantiCare has made a commitment to integrating the arts into the care environment in all new buildings, in response to surveys that show the arts contribute to the healing process. Today AtlantiCare exhibits more than 1,700 pieces in its collection with more than 90 percent of the art represented by New Jersey-based artisans. To donate, or for more information about the program, visit www.atlanticare.org/healingarts.
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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.