For Immediate Release: May 4, 2016

AtlantiCare Heart Heroes present five automated
external defibrillators between Atlantic and Ocean counties

The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Pomona, New Jersey, placed five automated external defibrillators between Atlantic and Ocean counties this week through the ARMC Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program – including the 180th AtlantiCare has made since the program began in 2002.

Among them was one an AtlantiCare representative presented to representatives of the Unitarian Universality Congregation of the South Jersey Shore in Pomona, NJ, May 1. This AED was the 180th placed in the community.

Wexler-Roberts-Schurig-McCarthy-Hutchison(L-R) Arthur Wexler, president, Unitarian Universality Congregation of the South Jersey Shore Board of Trustees; Charlie Roberts, church member; Richard Schurig, church member; Rose McCarthy, RN, AtlantiCare Heart Institute; and Melissa Hutchison, MD, AtlantiCare Physicians Group, and church member.

On May 3, AtlantiCare representatives presented the 181st AED to the Beach Haven Elementary School in Beach Haven, NJ. The Exchange Club of Beach Haven provided the matching funds. They also presented one AED each to the St. Mary's Church in Barnegat, NJ, to St. Mary's Parish Center and to St. Mary of the Pines, both in Manahawkin, NJ. The AEDs will be stationed for use in the two churches as well as the Center's gym.

DelTufo-Valinotti-Valinotti-Tuzeneu-Meli-McCarthy-Donato-Serrao(L-R) Albert Del Tufo; Ann Marie and Anthony Valinotti; Monsignor Ken Tuzeneu; Cynthia Meli, administrator, physician integration and network development, AtlantiCare; Rose McCarthy, RN, AtlantiCare Heart Institute; John Donato; and Louis Serrao.

The ARMC Heart Heroes is a volunteer group that raises funds for the Heart Institute at ARMC through the AtlantiCare Foundation to place AEDs in the community. The Heart Heroes fund a portion of the cost for the AED, and community groups and/or organizations can donate directly to the fund by making a gift to the Foundation. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.

Ivan-Estelow-Bowers-Doyle-McCarthy-Lownsbury-Meli(L-R) John Ivan, president, Beach Haven Exchange Club; Vanessa Estelow, member, Beach Haven Exchange Club; Joan Bowers, president-elect, Beach Haven Exchange Club; Donna Doyle, school nurse, Beach Haven Elementary School; Rose McCarthy, RN, AtlantiCare Heart Institute; Jay Lownsbury, past president, Beach Haven Exchange Club; and Cynthia Meli, ‎administrator, physician integration and network development, AtlantiCare.

For more information about AtlantiCare, visit www.atlanticare.org, find AtlantiCare on Facebook, or call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000.

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org

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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.