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For Immediate Release: November 12, 2015
Families of six organ and tissue donors gathered November 9 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus for a ceremonial unveiling of a quilt representing loved ones who made the gift of organ and tissue donation.
“This quilt is a source of comfort and remembrance to staff, families, and patients,” said Robyn Begley, RN, DNP, chief nursing officer, AtlantiCare.
“We are proud of the partnership between Gift of Life and AtlantiCare,” added Howard M. Nathan, president and CEO, Gift of Life. “AtlantiCare provides great medical care, and its staff takes excellent care of families to provide comfort and support around end of life issues.” Through this partnership, Nathan said, more than 450 people have received life-saving organ and tissue transplants.
“Donors’ families look beyond their own grief to save someone else’s life,” he added. “This quilt is a lasting tribute to the impact these individuals have made on our lives, and shares the stories of these heroes.”
The “Threads of Love” quilt hangs outside of the Intensive Care Unit, and is the second created in collaboration with Gift of Life. In 2009, a quilt was dedicated and hung at AtlantiCare’s Atlantic City Campus.
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.