For Immediate Release: July 18, 2016

Belfield, Begley and Venditti
leadership positions announced at AtlantiCare

Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, recently named three new system level appointments at AtlantiCare. They are Margaret Belfield, MSN, RN, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Clinical Services of AtlantiCare; Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer, AtlantiCare; and Marilouise Venditti, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer, AtlantiCare. Their appointments were effective July 1.

"Margaret, Dr. Venditti, and Dr. Begley have long contributed to the success of AtlantiCare," said Herndon. "I look forward to collaborating with them as we continue to expand and enhance the programs and services we provide our community in southern New Jersey."

AtlantiCare is comprised of AtlantiCare Regional Health Services, including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, ambulatory services, and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation; and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization. 

Belfield Margaret updated 2012Margaret Belfield, MSN, RN, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Clinical Services of AtlantiCare

Belfield, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, joined ARMC Atlantic City Campus as administrator in 1999. She was named vice president and administrator of the campus in 2007, and COO of ARMC Mainland and Atlantic City campuses in 2009. Throughout her career at AtlantiCare, Belfield has made significant contributions to the organization's patient and customer services and its strategic operations. She has overseen multiple expansion and/or renovation projects at ARMC, most recently including the opening of the $62.5 million ARMC Mainland Campus Modernization project in 2015, and the opening of the $18.1 Cancer Care Institute and Primary and Specialty Care facility in the AtlantiCare Health Park, Cape May Court House campus in 2013. Her leadership was key to ARMC's successfully and seamlessly opening a Satellite Emergency Department in Hammonton, New Jersey in 2009 within 24 hours' notice that the community's local hospital was closing. Belfield has also contributed to the expansion of the organization's primary and specialty care services in the five-county area AtlantiCare serves. Prior to joining AtlantiCare, Belfield served in a number of leadership roles at Hahnemann University Hospital-Tenet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in various nursing and leadership positions at the University of California and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, both located in San Diego, California. Belfield is a member of the New Jersey Hospital Association's Policy Development Committee and the advisory board of the Gift of Life Donor Program. She is a past board member of the Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America and past board chair of the American Conference on Diversity, Atlantic County Chapter.

Begley Robyn 2015Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer, AtlantiCare

Begley, of Folsom, New Jersey, who joined ARMC – then Atlantic City Medical Center - in 1983, has held a number of leadership positions in the organization. Begley is responsible for all nursing care delivered at AtlantiCare. She led ARMC to become the 105th hospital in the nation to achieve the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® Magnet™ designation for excellence in nursing in 2004; and to two redesignations as a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013. Begley serves on the Board of Directors for the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), and has held several leadership positions with AONE New Jersey, for which she served as president from 2006 to 2008 and as board member from 2002 to 2006 and 2008 to 2014. She is committee chair of the NJ Nursing Initiative and is a member of the Advisory Board, Atlantic Cape Community College Nursing Advisory Board, and the New Jersey Consortium of Magnet Organizations.

Venditti Marilouise MD 2013Marilouise Venditti, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer, AtlantiCare

Venditti, of Medford, New Jersey, has held a number of leadership positions at AtlantiCare since joining the organization in 1994. She leads more than 900 physicians and providers throughout the organization. Prior to her current position, she served as chief medical officer of ARMC and as president, AtlantiCare Physician Group, a role she continues to hold. She has also served as ARMC's acting vice president of Medical Affairs; chair of the Department of Psychiatry for ARMC; and medical director, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health (ABH). Her roles have also included associate chair and associate medical director of ARMC's Psychiatric Intervention Program. She served as president of ARMC's Medical Staff in 2007 and as vice president of the Medical Staff in 2006. Venditti is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is vice chair of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Board, and serves on the Carrier Clinic Board of Trustees. She was previously director of the Affective Disorders Unit at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, part of the Albert Einstein Health Network.

Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446,
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361,


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.