For Immediate Release: October 17, 2016

AtlantiCare to host
fifth annual Diversity & Inclusion Event
“Rhythm of Inclusion”

Featuring Grammy Award-winning percussionist, clinician, educator, and lead facilitator with Drum Cafe West Coast Nina Rodriguez

AtlantiCare will host its fifth annual Diversity & Inclusion Event on Monday, November 7, from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Stockton University’s Campus Center Event Room, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway Township, New Jersey.

Drum Cafe West Coast will lead attendees in an interactive drumming session intended to allow participants to work together as a team to create music and to create a collaborative and inclusive environment.

Nina Rodriguez, Grammy-Award winning percussionist and lead facilitator with Drum Café, will discuss how music and drumming can foster a hands-on approach to team-building, learning, and motivation, and will draw parallels between what it takes to make music and what it takes to work together within an organization, community or “tribe” to achieve a unified goal.

Drum Cafe will provide drums.

The event includes an array of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. AtlantiCare will also name the annual Diversity Award winner during the event.

AtlantiCare’s Employee Resource Groups are hosting the event, which is open to the community but will be of particular interest to medical professionals, staff, volunteers, as well as college and high school students.

Tickets are $10. Advanced registration is required by Friday, October 28. To register and to learn more, visit www.atlanticare.org/diversity. For questions or for more information about the event, call 609-407-4817 or email diversity@atlanticare.org

About AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Disparities Council
AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Disparities Council includes physicians, staff and leadership from throughout AtlantiCare, established Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). The ERGs help support the mission of the Diversity & Disparities Council by educating staff about the culture/community; celebrating community/cultural holidays and events; representing AtlantiCare at community/cultural events; enhancing recruitment efforts; and identifying top health concerns and developing ideas for addressing these concerns. AtlantiCare ERG groups include African American, Asian Pacific American, persons with disabilities, Hispanic American, Interfaith, LGBTQ, and Military, and Women.

Through the work of its LGBT Employee Resource Group, AtlantiCare has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) report in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The HEI is an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization.

About Nina Rodriguez
Nina Rodriguez is a Grammy Award-winning percussionist and facilitator with Drum Café West Coast. Her extraordinary energy and dedication to the power of drumming has shaped her career with Drum Cafe West Coast, which offers leadership and team-building events across the United States. Through Drum Cafe West Coast, Rodriguez has inspired thousands of Fortune 1,000 employees. She has also conducted symphonies of rhythm at hundreds of schools, using drumming as a means to deal with issues as complex as bullying, diversity, and health and wellness. Rodriguez’s super-charged, interactive performances and programs have inspired audiences nationally.

About Drum Cafe West Coast
Drum Cafe began in Johannesburg, South Africa. From the power of communal drumming and the passion to unite different groups of people in the post-Apartheid era, Drum Cafe West Coast leverages the potential of rhythm to engage audiences quickly and emotionally.

Drum Cafe is a unique, hands-on approach to team-building, learning, and motivation that draws parallels between what it takes to make music and what it takes to work together in an organization, community or “tribe” to achieve a unified goal. Making music together encourages sensitivity to others. In this way, drumming helps create a rhythm that bonds and builds a team as each member recognizes his or her own unique importance to the success of the whole.

To register for the event, visit www.atlanticare.org/diversity. To find an AtlantiCare physician or provider, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, 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.