For Immediate Release: February 9, 2017

AtlantiCare goes RED for
American Heart Month

AtlantiCare staff and providers wore red clothing and accessories on February 3— the American Heart Association’s 14th Annual National Wear Red Day®— to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke.

Gemma Downham MPH CIC Amanda Melendez MPH CIC infection preventionists ARMC Infection Prevention and ControlGemma Downham, MPH, CIC, and Amanda Melendez, MPH, CIC, infection preventionists, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, participate in National Wear Red Day®.

Throughout the month, patients, visitors, and staff will see the exterior of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus and the walkway between the Caesar’s Parking Garage and ARMC Atlantic City Campus, glow red to promote heart health.

Amy Delano Food Service Aide Stephen Oberosler Director Food and Nutrition Services MNLDAmy Delano, food and service aide, and Stephen Oberosler, director, Food and Nutrition Services, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus in Pomona, NJ, wear red to raise awareness of heart disease.

“Participating in National Wear Red Day® is one of the ways we hope to enhance awareness about the risk for cardiovascular disease among women,” said Vineshkumar K. Patel, M.D., associate director, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Division of Cardiology. “It’s important for women and men to know their risk for cardiovascular disease and to manage risk factors they can modify, treat, or control through medication and lifestyle changes. During American Heart Month and all year, we stress this and the urgency of dialing 911 for heart attack symptoms rather than driving yourself or a loved one to the hospital.”

Maria Hendricks AVP Oncology and Cancer Care Institute Dee Stanton Cross Oncology Program ManagerMaria Hendricks, M.S.N., R.N., CCRP, assistant vice president, Oncology, AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, and Dee Stanton-Cross, oncology program manager, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, wear red to raise awareness of heart disease.

Patel said heart attack symptoms can include:

Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat.
  • Experiencing nausea or lightheadedness.

For more information about heart attack risk factors or symptoms, visit the American Heart Association’s website.

For symptoms, dial 911.

For more information about AtlantiCare and its programs and services, visit www.atlanticare.org; call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.

Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Heather Costabile, (O) 609-653-0400 x112, heather.costabile@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 5,500 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.

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