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Mission HealthCare

Primary healthcare for the homeless population


  • Staffed with highly qualified, caring professionals
  • Quality care provided regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay
  • AtlantiCare Mission Health Care is an FTCA Deemed facility.
To refer a patient to AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare, please call 609-344-5714. Patients may also walk in without an appointment. View our locations.



What is Mission Healthcare?

mhc-prescriptionSeven percent of the residents in Atlantic County are homeless (no permanent address), and more than 60 percent of these people have no form of healthcare.

Homeless individuals on average have not seen a medical professional in 7-10 years, and more than 40 percent have 6-8 conditions needing medical attention. Based on these startling statistics, and in accordance with our vision to build healthy communities, AtlantiCare opened Mission HealthCare in 2003 to provide primary healthcare to the homeless population in Atlantic County.

We treat all patients, regardless of their insurance coverage or ability to pay. Now, in addition to primary care, the Mission HealthCare program offers

  • substance abuse management and detox;
  • mental health services;
  • care for diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease;
  • case management;
  • transportation to medical services;
  • referrals for specialty care; and
  • prescription assistance.

AtlantiCare’s Mission HealthCare program is primarily located in Atlantic City’s Rescue Mission, the largest homeless shelter in the southern New Jersey region. Our patients include residents of the Mission and also many other uninsured individuals who do not have permanent homes.

Not only does Mission HealthCare provide much needed medical care to an underserved population, it also helps ease the burden on local emergency departments, which is where many of these patients end up when their conditions are not managed. Mission HealthCare is pleased to reach out to the homeless community in many ways, including visits to Sister Jean’s Kitchen and local jails. We also host an annual barbecue and vigil for the homeless.

Who is on the healthcare team?

mission-patientThe Mission HealthCare team is a group of highly qualified and extremely caring medical providers, including

  • mental health specialists
  • a certified alcohol and drug counselor and
  • case mangers/social workers

The care team works together to meet each patient’s unique needs.

Consumer Advisory Board

Mission HealthCare is pleased to have an advisory board made up of current and past patients, community members, and representatives from local social service agencies. This group meets monthly to advise the Mission HealthCare staff about issues related to the homeless population, provide recommendations for program improvement, and to refer potential patients.

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). FQHCs include all organizations receiving grants under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. FQHCs qualify for enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other benefi ts. FQHCs must serve an underserved area or population, offer a sliding fee scale, provide comprehensive services, have an ongoing quality assurance program, and have a governing board of directors.

To refer a patient to AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare, please call 609-344-5714. Patients may also walk in without an appointment. View our locations.


Diabetes Support Group

Learn about, or how to live with, diabetes through AtlantiCare’s Free Support Group.


Do you have diabetes or do you know someone who does? Are you interested in learning about the condition or discussing it with others? Join AtlantiCare's Adult Diabetes Community Group. Throughout the year, our certified diabetes educators share their expertise in free one-hour sessions at convenient locations in Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May counties. Come listen to their informative presentations, hear the collective experiences of others, participate in open discussions and more.


1st Tuesday

Atlantic City, Health Plex
Ground Floor

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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2nd Tuesday

Mainland Campus, New Cafe
Ground Floor

7 pm - 8 pm

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4th Tuesday

Egg Harbor Township
Building 800

3 pm - 4 pm

Register online»




Eat Healthy • Control Weight • Expand Your Menu
Explore low-fat, low-carbohydrate cooking

Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 12:30 pm

Kitchen 19, Creative Culinary Center
19 S. 2nd Street, Hammonton, NJ

Fee: $5.00 Registration required; call 1-888-569-1000



Susan Krantz, MA, RD, CDE Certified Diabetes Education
Susan Krantz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Education with a Master's Degree in nutrition education.  Susan likes to individualize the nutrition and diabetes self-care education she provides to patients based on their needs, health habits and willingness to  make changes.
Melissa Southrey, RD, CDE Cerfied Diabetes Educator
Melissa Southrey is a Registered Dietitician and Certified Diabetes Educator.  Melissa knows that with proper nutrition, exercise and medication/insulin (if needed), she can help people manage and prevent complication associated with diabetes.
Meaghan Kim, MHA, RN, CDE Director of Diabetes Population Health
Meaghan Kim is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator with a Master's Degree in Health Administration, with over 15 years of experience working with people with diabetes.  Meaghan's personal family experience with diabetes propelled her to this career.  She currently manages the TEAM Diabetes Education programs within AtlantiCare and continues to act as a resource for the community.

Learn more about AtlantiCare's TEAM Diabetes Education Program

How Does AtlantiCare Health Solutions Work?

Quality healthcare experiences and medical savings begin with better-coordinated care. AtlantiCare Health Solutions makes both possible by focusing on:

Our Solutions Include:

Primary Care Plus


When you collaborate with AtlantiCare Health Solutions, your employees will have the opportunity to seek primary care at one of our Primary Care Plus practices. What sets Primary Care Plus providers apart is that they get to know and understand your employees.

This relationship allows our healthcare team to apply evidence-based medicine to manage chronic conditions effectively, and ensure that your employees’ wellness and preventive care needs are met. Additionally, Primary Care Plus practices are located throughout the region, offering open-access appointments and expanded office hours, so your employees can get the care they need on the day they need it.

Your employees will still have the power of choice. AtlantiCare Health Solutions does not limit your employees to a specific network of providers. Health savings are achieved through education, prevention and coordination—not by restricting access to care.

Integrated Care Managers

Care Managers, who are located within our Primary Care Plus practices, support our providers and ensure that your employees understand and follow through with their prescribed medical recommendations. Care managers are an integral part of our healthcare team, offering your employees personal assistance in planning and coordinating their medical care when necessary.

On-site Care Managers ensure that your employees don’t fall through the cracks. They extend our medical team beyond the exam room by providing:

  • Comprehensive care review for complex patient cases
  • Safe, well-coordinated care transitions when a patient is moving from one healthcare setting to another
  • Post-hospitalization management, such as medication reconciliation, review of discharge instructions and supplemental education on
  • chronic conditions
  • Connection with community resources

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IT Infrastructure

Electronic Medical Records and other technology applications are key components in today’s connected world. These advancements enable our Primary Care Plus providers and care management team to proactively make informed decisions, reduce miscommunication and avoid unnecessary costs.

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Hospitalist Program

We know primary care providers are busy in their practices. To help them better provide their patients with the timely care they deserve, AtlantiCare employs hospitalists. Hospitalists—experts in inpatient care—are providers who remain within the hospital and focus solely on patients admitted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Our use of hospitalists has enabled us to reduce the length of hospital stays, ensure more timely tests and other patient orders, and improve communication with patients and their caregivers.

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Employee Engagement, Prevention and Wellness Programming

AtlantiCare Health Solutions follows evidence-based prevention and wellness practices. Your employees are encouraged to adopt these preventive behaviors through a combination of communications, wellness screenings and vaccinations, and other prevention-focused programs. In addition, our team can help you bring wellness into your organizational culture through advanced benefit design
and wellness program planning.

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Ready to get Started? Here's how to Contact Us.

AtlantiCare Primary Care Plus

Are you trying to find a doctor or primary care physicians in southeastern New Jersey?

At AtlantiCare, our Primary Care Plus offers a wide range of physician options for a variety of personal preferences and needs. So you can pinpoint your ideal physician based on they’re area of interest, what language(s) they speak, where they’re located, their gender, what insurances they accept, and more. about AtlantiCare Primary Care Plus

Annette's Story

In March of this year, Annette Thomas almost died. Her health was slowly deteriorating, but she didn’t realize it.

Annette didn’t have a regular primary care provider, so at the request of her daughter, she made an appointment with an AtlantiCare Primary Care Plus provider. And she’s glad she did. Her Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), Terri Rodino, discovered that Annette’s blood pressure was dangerously high. Terri immediately sent her to the emergency department at AtlantiCare, where they determined Annette had blockages in the left and right sides of her heart. Quite the dramatic turn of events—Annette would ultimately require two stents.

Months later, she feels like a new person. She’s healthy once again, and spends her days without any of the symptoms that plagued her before her emergency. No more shortness of breath, headaches or fatigue. She can keep up with her grandkids and their busy schedules—all thanks to the coordinated services of AtlantiCare. Annette continues to see Terri for routine care, as well as her cardiologist for follow-up care. She’s even started referring her friends to AtlantiCare.

Annette feels indebted to Terri for the support she provided. “It’s like a miracle happened,” she recalls warmly. “Terri saved my life.”

Contact Us

  audrey-heistAudrey Heist, RD, Director, Health Engagement, AtlantiCare Health Solutions

At AtlantiCare, we know that good health is good business. Become an AtlantiCare Health Solutions partner and enjoy the many benefits better-coordinated healthcare can offer.

We’ve successfully implemented it within our organization—and can do the same for yours.

For more information, please contact Audrey Heist at 609-272-6279

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