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AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services to host seventh annual picnic for homeless

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For Immediate Release:  August 14, 2013 

Who:   AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services

What: To hold seventh annual picnic for homeless

Where: Outside AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare, 2009 Bacharach Boulevard, Atlantic City

When: Friday, August 16, 2013, noon to 3 p.m. Remarks approximately 1 p.m.

Details:   More than 500 people are expected to attend AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare’s seventh annual picnic for homeless. AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services staff; the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Friends of Sister Jean Webster, Inc.; Jewish Families Services of Atlantic and Cape May counties; The Salvation Army and other agencies and volunteers will barbecue food and serve the homeless. The event will include health assessments; information about healthcare services, housing, financial assistance, information about enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace and other programs and services; entertainment and remarks.

Speakers will include
• Dan Brown, chief operating officer, Atlantic City Rescue Mission
• John McLernon, LCSW,  director of Community Relations and Social Services, Atlantic County
• Bridgette M. Richardson, LCSW, executive director, AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare
• Laura Rodgers, LCSW, senior director, Mental Health Services, Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties
• Ann Thoresen, MSW, LCSW, associate director, Homeless and Housing Services, Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties
AtlantiCare joins federally qualified health centers throughout the country to observe National Health Center Week (August 11-17) during the second week of August each year. The week is designed to recognize the service and contributions of community, migrant, homeless and public housing health centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in the United States. The theme of National Health Center Week 2013 is “Celebrating America's Health Centers: Transforming Health Care in Our Local Communities.”

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services, located at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and AtlantiCare Community Health Services and in the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City, is among 20 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in the state and one of only five that serve homeless. The program, which opened in 2003, is funded in part by a $969,479 federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration - Bureau of Primary Health Care. AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare’s out-patient facility at the Rescue Mission includes four examination rooms, four offices for medical and social service staff, and a conference room. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The HealthPlex site hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services treated 5,297 patients through more than 23,000 visits in 2012. The top three diagnoses the team treats are hypertension, diabetes and respiratory conditions. The services include primary care and physical exams; case management; disease management; medication administration and distribution; health screenings for diabetes and heart disease; tuberculosis testing; drug and alcohol counseling; HIV/AIDS testing and counseling; and psychiatric services. Patients pay on an income-based sliding fee scale; no one is turned away, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, an advanced practice psychiatric nurse, a licensed practical nurse, clinical social workers, case managers and educators. Clients are identified through hospital discharges, mobile outreach and collaboration with community social services including the Atlantic County Women’s Center, Jewish Family Services and Covenant House.

For more information about AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare or other AtlantiCare programs and services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or visit www.atlanticare.org. For more information about National Health Centers Week visit www.healthcenterweek.org.


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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