For Immediate Release: January 24, 2017
February is American Heart Month. The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes will partner with Joe’s Maplewood, 470 S. White Horse Pike, Hammonton, New Jersey, to bring lifesaving AEDs to the community. The Maplewood in Hammonton will donate a portion of its sales each Monday in February, which is American Heart Month, to the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes program.
The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes is an AtlantiCare Foundation-funded program that places AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in the community on behalf of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Pomona, New Jersey
“We’re proud of our food and of our ties to the community,” said Jim Italiano, who had his staff trained in CPR and worked with AtlantiCare to install AEDs in the Maplewood’s Hammonton and Mays Landing locations through the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program.
About the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes
The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes program began in 2002, spurred by a small group of dedicated AtlantiCare volunteers, who were known as “The Heart Heroes,” who raised funds to help AtlantiCare make AEDs available in the community. Through the AED Heart Heroes partnership, AtlantiCare has placed more than 200 AEDs in the community.
A small group of volunteers began the program in 2002, 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 founding AtlantiCare Heart Hero volunteers were George and Louise Schieder, of Egg Harbor City, and Rita Triola, of Mullica Township.
As of August 22, 2016, AtlantiCare had placed 200 AEDs in community and business locations in southern New Jersey through the Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program.
AtlantiCare has placed AEDs in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester and Ocean counties through the program.
The current cost of an AED is $1,400. Through the matching funds program, AtlantiCare contributes $700 and the recipient organization contributes the remaining portion. In some cases, other organizations donate the matching funds.
For information on the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes, call 609-404-7979. For more information about Joe’s Maplewood, call 609-561-9621.
For individuals unable to attend the Maplewood’s February fundraiser but interested in supporting the Heart Heroes program, visit www.atlanticare.org/giving.
For more information about other AtlantiCare programs and services, visit www.atlanticare.org or www.well4life.org; call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.
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 5,500 employees and more than 900 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.