For Immediate Release: August 24, 2016
AtlantiCare representatives met with members of the Kiwanis Club of Hammonton August 23 at Joe Italiano's Maplewood in Hammonton to discuss the value of having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in community locations.
AtlantiCare recently donated AEDs to Joe Italiano's Maplewood II, Mays Landing and Joe Italiano's Maplewood, Hammonton through its Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program. They were the 198th and 199th AED placements AtlantiCare has made since the program began in 2002. A small group of volunteers, known as "Heart Heroes," began the program after AtlantiCare opened the region's first and only cardiac surgery program at the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, in Galloway, New Jersey in 2001.
The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes is an AtlantiCare Foundation-funded program that places automated external defibrillators in the community on behalf of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Organizations, groups and individuals can donate directly to the program, which has now placed 200 AEDs in the community, by making a gift to the Foundation.
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. For more information about AtlantiCare, visit www.atlanticare.org, www.well4life.org, or www.facebook.com/atlanticare.