For Immediate Release: February 17, 2017
More than 250 guests attended AtlantiCare’s tenth annual Red Dress/Red Tie Reception February 9 at the Historic Smithville Inn in Smithville, NJ. Event proceeds benefitted the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Heart Heroes.
Guests donned red in awareness of heart disease and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, vendor shopping, a photo booth and a raffle featuring goods and services from local businesses.
Burak Arkonanc, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I, medical director, Cardiac Catheterization Labs and Heart Institute at ARMC, shared the importance of having AEDs readily available in the community.
“A bystander with AED training and a device can significantly improve the outcome for someone who collapses from a sudden cardiac arrest,” said Arkonanc. “We at the Heart Institute certainly see the medical benefits of your efforts.”
The event included a presentation from David Spatz, news director, News Talk 1400 AM WOND, and Red Dress/Red Tie Master of Ceremonies, titled ‘The HEART of My Story,’ about his experience with heart failure and the cardiac care he received at ARMC Mainland Campus, home of the Heart Institute.
The Red Dress/Red Tie Committee also honored Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, for her continued support of the event and dedication to promoting awareness about heart disease.
The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes, an AtlantiCare Foundation-funded program, places automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the community on behalf of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The program began in 2002, spurred by a small group of dedicated AtlantiCare volunteers who were known as the “Heart Heroes.” Since its inception, the program has placed more than 200 AEDs in the community to increase awareness about the importance of prompt care for heart attack. The Heart Heroes Program funds a portion of the AED cost. Community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds.
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.