|From the Well4Life Blog|
For Immediate Release: October 12, 2015
AtlantiCare will host the fourth annual multicultural diversity event on Monday, October 26 at Stockton University’s Campus Center Event Room, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, New Jersey. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker Sampson Davis, MD, a physician, author and educator, will discuss how the community can inspire today’s youth to help build healthy communities through education, and will examine the importance of respecting diversity and cultural differences. Davis will tell his own story about growing up in Newark and the role that education played in his life. He will share his 3 D’s: Dedication, Determination and Discipline, which he believes are necessary ingredients for success.
Guests will enjoy an array of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. In addition, AtlantiCare will honor the annual Diversity Award winner during the event.
AtlantiCare’s Employee Resource Groups are hosting the event, which is open to the community but will be of particular interest to medical professionals, staff, volunteers, as well as college and high school students. Registration is required; fee is $10. The registration deadline is Friday, October 16. A refund will be provided if registration is canceled 24 hours prior to the event.
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, Disabilities, Hispanic Americans, Interfaith, LGBT and Military.
Through the work of its LGBT Employee Resource Group, AtlantiCare has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) report in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The HEI is an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization.
About Dr. Sampson Davis
Dr. Sampson Davis was raised in Newark, one of New Jersey's poorest cities. As a child, Davis grew up in cramped living quarters, surrounded by fragmented families, crime, and drugs. Still, he was a good student, able to strike the fragile balance between being smart, yet socially acceptable on the streets.
His passion and drive for helping others in his community led him towards the fulfillment of his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. Graduating with honors, Davis received his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the same hospital where he was born, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
While attending University High School in Newark, Davis met Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. George Jenkins, two fellow students, who together made a promise to become doctors. Davis and his two childhood friends each successfully fulfilled their pact and today, he is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician at St. Michaels Medical Center in Newark, NJ. In 2000, Davis, Hunt and Jenkins felt the burning need to give back to communities in trouble. Together, they created The Three Doctors Foundation. This nonprofit organization offers a series of free public programs focused on health, education, leadership, and mentoring.
Today, Davis spends his time practicing medicine and traveling the country delivering keynote speeches with timely messages. Davis co-authored three New York Times best-selling books, entitled "The Pact,” “We Beat the Street” and “The Bond” and authored his own book, “Living and Dying in a Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home.” For more information, visit http://www.drsampsondavis.com.
To register for the event, visit http://www.atlanticare.org/erg/. 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.
AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, 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 5,400 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.