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For Immediate Release: September 3, 2015

ARMC Atlantic City Campus Auxiliary awards
Erika Smail
2015 Martha B. Keates Fellowship

Robyn-Begley-Audrey-Fischer-Erika-SmailRobyn Begley, RN, DNP, chief nursing officer, AtlantiCare, and Audrey Fischer, of Egg Harbor Township, president, ARMC Atlantic City Campus Auxiliary, congratulate Erika Smail on her receipt of the 2015 Martha B. Keates Fellowship.

The AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus Auxiliary named Erika Smail, of Mays Landing, as the 2015 Martha B. Keates Fellowship recipient. Fellowship recipients must be pursuing a nursing education and are chosen based on academic achievement, career goals, community service, honors/awards, and student leadership. The fellowship is a $4,000 grant, which Smail will apply to tuition at Stockton University, where she is pursuing a BSN in The School of Health Sciences.

Smail joined AtlantiCare in May 2015 as a patient care associate with 1 Pines, the inpatient psychiatric unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Campus.

“Our selection process for this year’s fellowship was difficult,” Audrey Fischer, president, ARMC Atlantic City Campus Auxiliary, told guests at the reception held in Smail’s honor. “We had some spectacular applicants. We are thrilled to award Erika this scholarship. She is an exceptional candidate and honors the spirit of Martha Keates.”

ARMC-staff-with-Erika-SmailAtlantiCare leadership and staff members gathered in honor of Erika Smail, 2015 Martha B. Keates Fellowship recipient August 17. The ARMC Atlantic City Auxiliary awards the $4,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a nursing education. Smail is enrolled in a BSN program at Stockton University.

Smail graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Hammonton in 2012. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was awarded a scholarship through the Pauline Hollander Scholarship Fund for Registered Nurses in 2014. Smail has been named to the Dean’s List at Stockton University, and volunteers at the Carmelite Monastery in Brooklyn, NY, where she helps organize a Christmas gift drive.

Erika-Smail-and-familyErika Smail poses with friends and family members who joined her at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus Auxiliary Martha B. Keates Fellowship reception held in her honor.

ARMC’s City Campus Auxiliary founded the Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund in recognition of Keates’s community service, Auxiliary membership and support of the nursing profession. Fellowship application is open to enrolled nursing students or those pursuing nursing education.

For more information about the Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund or the ARMC City Auxiliary, contact Donna Mason at 609-441-8131, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.


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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