For Immediate Release: June 13, 2016

Dock's Oyster House Grand Reopening benefits
Arleen and Joseph Dougherty Intensive Care Unit
at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
Restaurant opened one year before hospital

More than 300 people attended a grand-opening event at Dock's Oyster House in Atlantic City June 7. The event raised approximately $80,000 to benefit the Joseph and Arleen Dougherty Intensive Care Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus.

Dougherty-Family-with-Lori-Herndon copyMembers of the Dougherty Family join Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare and president and CEO, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Frank Dougherty and Joe Dougherty, co-owners of Dock’s Oyster House; Knife and Fork Inn; and Harry’s Oyster Bar, thanked the more than 300 guests who attended the grand-opening of Dock’s. The event raised more than $80,000 to benefit the Joseph and Arleen Dougherty Intensive Care Unit at ARMC Atlantic City Campus.

The ICU was renamed in 2011 in honor and memory of Arleen and Joseph Dougherty, parents to brothers Joe Dougherty and Frank Dougherty, co-owners of Dock's Oyster House, established in 1897; Knife and Fork Inn, established in 1912; and Harry's Oyster Bar, established in 2011.

Joe-and-Frank-Dougherty-with-Docks-Oyster-House-StaffJoe and Frank Dougherty with Dock’s Oyster House staff at the grand reopening of Dock’s Oyster House in Atlantic City, June 7.

The event marked the grand reopening of Dock's after the completion of renovation and expansion of the restaurant.

"The Dougherty Family has been a generous supporter of the AtlantiCare Foundation over the course of the family's long history in Atlantic City," said Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare and president and CEO, ARMC, who noted Dock's Oyster House opened one year before what was then called Atlantic City Hospital was established on Ohio Avenue in 1898, less than six blocks away. "I want to express our heartfelt thanks to the Dougherty family. We wish you and Dock's Oyster House many more years of success. Thank you for being a partner with us in caring for our most critically ill patients. The unit which bears the name of your parents, Joseph and Arlene, impacts the lives of so many." Herndon also thanked all those who attended the event. "You are supporting and celebrating two long standing Atlantic City establishments."

Becky Orsatti Patti Lees Wendy Bartlett Frank Odri Gary HillBecky Orsatti, Patti Lees, Wendy Bartlett, Frank Odri, and Gary Hill, executive director/community relations, Atlantic City Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association (MBCA), at the grand reopening of Dock’s Oyster House in Atlantic City, June 7.

About ARMC Atlantic City Campus's Intensive Care Unit
ARMC Atlantic City Campus's intensive care unit opened in the George F. Lynn Harmony Pavilion, February, 2008. It features 26 private patient suites, decentralized nursing stations, wireless technology, windows to allow natural light, family space, a conference room and other features designed to contribute to privacy, comfort and quality care.

Healing through nature-themed artwork of New Jersey and Philadelphia-area artists is in each patient suite, waiting area, nursing station and corridor. Each room has a computer for staff to chart at the bedside; a hands-free sink, in addition to the sink in the patient lavatory to contribute to patient and staff safety; standardized supply cabinets to contribute to efficiency of care; voice-activated communication system; and a patient boom positioned in the center of each room that holds medical gases, outlets and call buttons, everything the care team needs to care for the patient in 360 degrees around the bed. Suites are spacious enough to accommodate a family member. To acknowledge generous donations from the Dougherty family, in 2011, the ICU was named the Joseph and Arleen Dougherty Intensive Care Unit.

About the AtlantiCare Foundation
The AtlantiCare Foundation exists to improve the health and well-being of the community through a comprehensive development program to support safe, equitable, quality health care; and to promote healthy behaviors. The Foundation is committed to providing financial resources to help fund health status improvement, which includes supporting the programs and capital expansion projects at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and its affiliates. The Foundation accomplishes its work through the formation of trusting relationships with key stakeholders and community partners that share its vision of building healthy communities.

For more information about the AtlantiCare Foundation or other AtlantiCare programs and services, please call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at

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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.