For Immediate Release: December 6, 2016
AtlantiCare staff, leadership, and members of the community honored individuals who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and those living with the disease, during the annual World AIDS Day Ceremony – December 1 – at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) City Campus.
The ceremony featured guest speakers Deborah Bayer, DO, infectious disease specialist, ARMC; Edward Hamaty, DO, chairman, Critical Care Services and medical director, Critical Care Services, ARMC; and Adam Thompson, regional partner director, Southern New Jersey Performance Site of the Northeast Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center, who all shared a message about unity – coming together as a community to fight AIDS.
“As a result of the unity we have formed in our communities to face this disease and take action, people are now able to live with HIV or AIDS, compared to the ‘90s, when almost 90 percent of people with the disease would die from it. Because we’ve come together in an effort to end AIDS, we’re now statistically approaching zero percent HIV-negative,” Bayer remarked.
During the last year, the AtlantiCare Infectious Disease Clinic in Atlantic City provided testing, counseling, and/or treatment referrals to nearly 4,500 clients in 2015. It anticipates doing so for more than 4,000 clients by the end of 2016.
“It is important to create an environment where patients who are already facing a disease, don’t have to face discrimination or embarrassment,” said, Hamaty.
Thompson continued the message of unity with his presentation, “Together We Rise,” encouraging attendees to ‘rise up together’ to fight AIDS. “An AIDS-free world starts with an AIDS-free town. We have to expand outside of health systems walls and engage community members around one goal,” said Thompson.
Thompson thanked AtlantiCare staff, physicians, and leadership for providing compassionate support so that patients can continue to “feel very loved and be healthier.”
About the AtlantiCare Infectious Disease Clinic
The AtlantiCare Infectious Disease Clinic was established in 1989. It is a multidisciplinary, hospital-based practice that provides health maintenance, disease prevention, and care for hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. The Infectious Disease Clinic is funded in part by New Jersey Department of Health and the Division of HIV, STD and TB Services. AtlantiCare provides services for patients eligible for the Ryan White Part B grant and for patients with no insurance in Atlantic and Cape May counties.
AtlantiCare offers rapid HIV testing and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) at the following locations:
¬ ARMC’s Department of Clinic Services, Infectious Disease Clinic, William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex, 1401 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.to 4 p.m.
¬ ARMC’s Satellite Emergency Department, 219 North White Horse Pike, Hammonton: Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
¬ ARMC, Atlantic City Campus Emergency Department. 1925 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City: Seven days a week from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m.
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.