For Immediate Release:  April 14, 2017

AtlantiCare to engage
in week-long observance of
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)

Who:              AtlantiCare

What:             To share information about advance care planning in observance of
                      National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) – April 16

When:             4/17/17 and 4/18/17, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
                        4/20/17, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
                        4/21/17, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
                       AtlantiCare LifeCenter
                       2500 English Creek Ave.
                       Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

                        4/18/17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                        Outside of cafeteria
                        AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus
                        1925 Pacific Ave.
                        Atlantic City, NJ 08401

                        Outside of cafeteria
                        AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus
                        65 West Jimmie Leeds Road
                        Pomona, NJ 08240

                        4/20/17, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
                        Atlantic City Free Public Library
                        1 North Tennessee Ave.
                        Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Where:             Locations as noted above.

                         Media interested in covering should contact Heather Costabile at 609-609-653-0400 x112.

Details:            In observance of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) – April 16, AtlantiCare is promoting the importance of advance care planning in four locations throughout the week, Sunday, April 16 through Saturday, April 22. The theme for 2017 NHDD, this year a week-long observance, which the organization has designated for a week-long observance, is “It always seems too early, until it’s too late.”

AtlantiCare’s Advance Care Planning team will provide staff, patients, and members of the community with information about advance care planning, why it is important, and the steps involved in creating an advance care directive.

“Advance care planning helps patients and loved ones discuss their treatment preferences in the event they are no longer able to speak for themselves. Completing an advance directive helps ensure the patient receives the care they want. It allows their voice to be heard when decisions need to be made”, said Christeen Cornell, RN, BSN, CCM, program director, AtlantiCare Advance Care Planning. “All adults should have an advance care plan that they share with their loved ones and their healthcare providers.”

NHDD, an initiative of The Conversation Project, exists as a 50-state annual initiative to provide clear, concise, and consistent information on healthcare decision-making to both the public and providers/facilities through the widespread availability and dissemination of simple, free, and uniform tools (not just forms) to guide the process.

Implemented in November 2016, AtlantiCare’s Advance Care Planning program is available at AtlantiCare Physician Group in Brigantine, and the AtlantiCare Special Care Center and Infectious Disease Clinic, both at the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex, in Atlantic City. Trained staff members meet with patients and their supporters to discuss advance care planning. AtlantiCare plans to add the program to additional sites, including primary care and specialty locations, later this year. Info on group class if you want to include:

Starting this month, AtlantiCare will offer Conversations Matter: Advance Care Planning. Certified facilitators for the group education classes will cover topics including how values and beliefs guide decisions about care; the role of a healthcare agent; and the definition and purpose of an advance directive. This class will be free and appropriate for anyone 18 years and older.

Meetings will take place at the AtlantiCare Health Park in Egg Harbor Township, in the AtlantiCare LifeCenter, Building 200, Suite 223 (Second Floor), on the third Wednesday of every month.

For more information about AtlantiCare Advance Care Planning, visit the Advance Care Planning section of AtlantiCare’s website.

Contacts:      
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org
Heather Costabile, (O) 609-609-653-0400 x112, heather.costabile@atlanticare.org

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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.