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For Immediate Release:  August 22, 2017

United States Air Force Thunderbirds visit
ARMC Atlantic City Campus
Make moment of lifetime for 96-year-old patient 

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds had patients and staff on cloud nine today at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus. Members of AtlantiCare’s Military HONORS (Helping Our military with Navigation, Opportunity, Resources and Support) employee resource group, greeted the Thunderbirds, who are in town for the 2017 Atlantic City Airshow.

Staff Sergeant Daniel Wolfrum with Patient Emma AtlantiCare2Thunderbirds Staff Sergeant Daniel Wofrum hugs 96 year-old-patient Emma Ferrante while Staff Sergeant Tyler Starkey and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center 6 Harmony Clinical Manager Barbara Cottrell, RN, MBA look on.

The servicemen especially made the day for Emma Ferrante, a patient from Hudson County, New Jersey. She had told staff prior to the visit she was excited the servicemen were going to visit her. The five Thunderbirds spoke with her, gave her a souvenir booklet, and posed for pictures with her. They said their good-byes. Emma began to cry. “This is the best thing to happen to me in 96 years,” she said. Each Thunderbird then shook her hand. Staff Sergeant Daniel Wolfrum gave her a farewell hug.

Thunderbirds with Barbara Cottrell RN and patient EmmaLeft to right are: Senior Airman Edward Kearns; Staff Sergeant Tyler Starkey; Staff Sergeant Daniel Wolfrum; Emma Ferrante; Major Sergeant Christopher Lanning; Technical Sergeant Shaun Rhine; and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center 6 Harmony Clinical Manager Barbara Cottrell, RN, MBA.

“I’m a union carpenter,” Patient John Picinich, of Cape May County, New Jersey, shared with the Thunderbirds. “I helped to build the Borgata (Hotel Casino and Spa). When we were building one summer, we kept looking up to catch the Airshow. What you do is great,” he told them.

Thunderbirds with AtlantiCare Honors ERGMembers of AtlantiCare’s Military HONORS (Helping Our military with Navigation, Opportunity, Resources and Support) employee resource group greeted the Thunderbirds, who are in town for the 2017 Atlantic City Airshow.

“This made it worth being in the hospital,” said Robert Hand, an Army veteran, of getting to meet the Thunderbirds.

Thunderbrids talk with Mike Heck about AtlantiCare HONORS ERGMike Heck, RN, infection preventionist, ARMC, speaks with members of The United States Air Force Thunderbirds at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus Tuesday August 22.

“I watch the air show every year,” said patient Mary Thomas, of Atlantic City. She was happy to meet the servicemen in person.

Thunderbirds with patient Mary Thomas and Barb Cottrell RNLeft to right are Senior Airman Edward Kearns; Staff Sergeant Tyler Starkey; Technical Sergeant Shaun Rhine; Staff Sergeant Daniel Wolfrum; Major Sergeant Christopher Lanning; patient Mary Thomas; and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Clinical Manager Barbara Cottrell, RN, MBA.

“Be safe,” said patient John Onesky, Jr. “Thanks for what you do."

Thunderbirds with Trauma Team Group ShotThe United States Air Force Thunderbirds met with members of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Trauma Team today. The team told the Thunderbirds the Trauma Center marked its 25th anniversary of serving the community this summer. The Thunderbirds shared that they are celebrating the Air Force’s 70th Birthday.

The servicemen met with trauma, cardiac, and other patients. They also spent time with members AtlantiCare’s Trauma Team, which is marked its 25th anniversary this summer, and other physicians and staff throughout the hospital.                     

Thunderbirds with Jorge Eller MJorge L. Eller, M.D., FAANS cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgeon, AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute, Thomas Jefferson University at ARMC, is flanked by members of The United States Air Force Thunderbirds at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus Tuesday August 22.                                                              

About ARMC’s Trauma Center
The Trauma Team at ARMC treats the most critically injured patients with the most advanced technology. Located in Atlantic City, an international tourist destination, the center treats residents of and visitors to Atlantic City, as well as residents and visitors from throughout the country and the world who are injured in Atlantic, Cape May and Southern Ocean counties.

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
Chris Lanning, MSgt, USAF, (C) 208-262-6504, christopher.lanning@us.af.mil

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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 more than 90 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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