For Immediate Release:  May 8, 2017

Caring Hands Exhibit celebrates
AtlantiCare nurses

AtlantiCare is celebrating nurses throughout May with a Caring Hands Healing Arts Exhibit. The exhibit is one way AtlantiCare is celebrating nurses’ contributions during National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Nurses Day (May 6); National Hospitals Week (May 7-13) and National EMS Week (May 21-27).  

Caring Hands is an exhibition of black and white portraits that showcases and celebrates the nurses of AtlantiCare. AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program commissioned five photographers to capture the hands only of more than 60 individuals. Small headshots and descriptive quotes accompany each portrait.

“The pictures poignantly illustrate who these men and women are, what matters to them, and what they treasure beyond the care they provide at the bedside, in a helicopter, in Labor and Delivery, through AtlantiCare Information Technology roles, and more,” said Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, of Folsom, New Jersey, vice president of Nursing and chief nursing officer, AtlantiCare. “Our nurses were thrilled to lend their hands to this project.” 

The more than 60 portraits will be on display in AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s (ARMC’s) Mainland and City campuses, in Pomona and Atlantic City respectively, and AtlantiCare’s Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, in Egg Harbor Township, throughout the month.

AtlantiCare is also posting the portraits on its Facebook page throughout the May.

“This exhibit is a snapshot representing AtlantiCare’s approximately 1,500 nurses who care for our community in five counties of New Jersey,” explained Cheryl Broschard, Development and Cultural Projects manager, AtlantiCare Foundation, who leads AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program. Broschard suggested the project to Begley and to AtlantiCare leadership last year as a lasting way to celebrate nurses during Nurses Week and all year. “The participating nurses work in AtlantiCare programs and services across the organization.” Broschard says these areas of service include, but are not limited to:

  • ARMC Emergency Medical Services
  • ARMC Maternal Newborn/Labor and Delivery
  • AtlantiCare Advance Care Planning
  • AtlantiCare Urgent Care
  • AtlantiCare Primary Care
  • AtlantiCare Administration
  • AtlantiCare Information Technology
  • Other areas

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” The theme of Nurses Week is “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.”

“Nurses who participated ranged from nurses starting their careers to those with more than 40 years of experience at AtlantiCare,” said Broschard. “We asked them to think about what they wanted their photographs to project; what was most meaningful to them. One wanted to hold a picture of a loved one. Another held a gift that she treasures. A Labor and Delivery nurse put her hands on pregnant colleague’s belly. Others held each other’s hands or posed their hands in an expressive way.”

“Our nurses use their hearts, minds, and hands to care for our community,” added Begley. “Caring Hands celebrates the contributions nurses make and illustrates the theme of Nurses Week.”

A sampling of the portraits includes:

  • Two nurses hold their nursing cap. “It is the iconic symbol of Nursing,” said Sandra Dietrich, RN, MSN, MHA, assistant vice president for Nursing, ARMC Atlantic City Campus.

“My nursing cap represents the journey in nursing, and epitomized all of the wonderful aspects of nurse: teaching, nurturing, healing, listening, and compassion,” said Christina Reynolds, MSN, RN, director, Clinical Logistics and Patient Flow.

  • “A patient made me this marble heart to thank the CVI for fixing his heart,” described Matt Parsell, RN, Cardiovascular Unit, the Heart Institute, ARMC Mainland Campus.”
  • “This is my flight helmet that I use in daily operations and around the helicopter,” said Mary Ann Rock, BSN, RN, CCRM, CFRN, CEN, NRP, assistant chief, ARMC EMS Flight. “Safety is first. Adrenaline flows as we fly the sickest of the sick.”
  • “I became a nurse to help other people and to make a difference in their lives,” said Michelle D’Arcangelo, BSN, RN, CCRN, CPN, ARMC EMS Flight nurse, who posed with her daughter, Julianna. “The same hands that help others are the ones that also take care of my family, especially my daughters.”
  •  “I was previously a lifeguard,” explains Bradley Miller, BSN, RN, ARMC Atlantic City Campus Medical/surgical nurse. “The whistle symbolizes helping people and saving lives. It’s what ignited my interest in the medical field.”
  • “As a former military depending and Navy nurse, I have traveled a great deal,” said Judi Snable, MSN, RN-BC, nursing informaticist, AtlantiCare Information Technology. “My camera helps me remember the people, places and occasions from the 12 different major moves I have made over my life and career.”
  • “This was a gift from a pediatric patient when she successfully completed her treatment for leukemia in the 1980s,” said Nancy O’Connell, RN, BSN, MBA, assistant vice president, Physician Services, AtlantiCare, who held a ceramic bear that was dressed as a nurse. O’Connell was previously a pediatric nurse at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.
  • “I chose to hold my hand to my co-worker Jacylyn Argus’s pregnant belly,” said Sherry Martin, Center for Childbirth. “One of the greatest and most rewarding accomplishments of my life was becoming a maternity nurse. Joyful moments happen in hospitals – new life!”
  • “When I reflect on nursing and what we bring to healthcare, I think of a heart,” said Joan Brennan, DNP, RN, CPPS, senior vice president, Quality and Performance Excellence. “It is about the caring love we bring to others’ lives every day.”

Photographers who participated in the project were:

  • Donna Connor, Donna Connor Photography
  • Nastassia Davis, Nastassia Davis Photography
  • Paul Dempsey, Paul Dempsey Photography
  • Bill Horin, ArtC
  • David Todd McCarty, David Todd McCarty Portraits, Travel, Fashion Photography

About AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program

AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program is an AtlantiCare Foundation sponsored initiative, designed to showcase original artwork. Paintings brighten hospital corridors. Photography accents a medical office lobby. Sculpture brings a landscaped courtyard to life. Art in the healthcare setting is helping to make AtlantiCare’s public spaces more appealing. Through the program, AtlantiCare also includes the works of local and regional artists in all new building projects.

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

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-677-6016, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@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.