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For Immediate Release:  August 29, 2017 

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare,
John Brooks Recovery Center
host Community Health Fair 

Representatives of AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services and of John Brooks Recovery Center shared messages of hope and health at a jointly-hosted fair and picnic Friday August 25.

Vinnie Kirkland addresses guestsVinnie Kirkland, case manager, AtlantiCare Community Health Services, addresses guests at AtlantiCare’s 11th annual Community Health Fair, held this year in conjunction with John Brooks Recovery Center.

Sandy Festa, executive director, AtlantiCare HealthPlex/Federally Qualified Health Center, AtlantiCare, thanked partnering organizations for sharing AtlantiCare’s vision of building healthy communities. “We work together to provide  access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people.”

AtlantiCare medical residents and picnic volunteersAtlantiCare medical residents volunteered at AtlantiCare’s 11th annual Community Health Fair, performing health assessments for guests. Here, residents pose with AtlantiCare staff and volunteers.

As she addressed guests, Festa also remembered Senator Jim Whelan. “Senator Whelan worked behind the scenes to ensure we had the support for so many of the programs and services AtlantiCare offers here in Atlantic City and throughout our region. He helped us focus locally on national healthcare issues and worked with us to identify and solve for challenges our community faced.”

Kaleem Shabazz, Atlantic City 3rd Ward councilman led the crowd in a moment of silence honoring Senator Whelan before addressing addiction and recovery services. “It’s an important issue. Thank you AtlantiCare for your leadership, and thank you to each organization here for your support.”

AtlantiCare Team DiabetesRepresentatives of AtlantiCare TEAM Diabetes shared health information with picnic guests and offered tips on how to manage and monitor diabetes.

Jose Claro, of Atlantic City, knows the challenges that addicts face. “I went through it,” he says. “Alcohol took me out.” In 2005, he was living under the boardwalk before connecting with the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare, through which he received intensive outpatient counseling. Now sober for 12 years, he volunteers with AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare, helping others who face addiction and need support. “It was a long journey. I’m very grateful for a lot of things. Now I’m giving back what was freely given to me.”

More than 500 people attend the fair, which provided health assessments; information about healthcare services, housing, and financial assistance; health insurance enrollment information; other programs and services; entertainment and remarks.

Guests await bicycle raffleGuests at AtlantiCare’s 11th annual Community Health Fair, co-hosted by John Brooks Recovery Center, await a bicycle raffle. Participants who visited health information booths set up at the picnic could enter to win one of twenty bikes.

The event was a combined picnic co-hosted by AtlantiCare and The John Brooks Recovery Center. AtlantiCare’s 11th Annual Community Health Fair, previously scheduled for August 18 as part of AtlantiCare’s observance of National Health Center Week, was postponed due to weather concerns.

The theme of National Health Centers Week was: “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities.” The week, observed this year August 13-19, was designed to recognize the service and contributions of community, migrant, homeless and public housing health centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in the United States.

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 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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