For Immediate Release: October 26, 2016

AtlantiCare’s fifth annual Diversity & Inclusion Event
to feature interactive drumming experience

Who:     Drum Cafe West Coast; Drum Cafe lead facilitator Nina Rodriguez, Grammy Award-winning percussionist; and community members

What:    AtlantiCare’s fifth annual Diversity & Inclusion event

When:   Monday, November 7
             5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Welcome, opening remarks and introduction
             5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Drum Cafe West interactive drumming session
             6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Break
             6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Presentation of AtlantiCare Diversity Awards
             7:30 p.m. Closing remarks

Where:  Stockton University’s Campus Center Event Room, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, New Jersey.

Details: 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.

Approximately 150 healthcare professionals and volunteers, community members, and college and high school students are expected to attend the event, which is hosted by AtlantiCare’s Employee Resource Groups.

AtlantiCare will name the annual Diversity Award winner during the event.

For more information, visit http://www.atlanticare.org/diversity

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.

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



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.

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