For Immediate Release: December 29, 2017

AtlantiCare Foundation, Hope for Atlantic City
partner to present pages to pediatric patients
Book bundles to benefit
Literacy Readiness program

The AtlantiCare Foundation and its community partner, Hope for Atlantic City, presented 40 book bundles to AtlantiCare Health Services Pediatric Care at the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex December 28.

The donation is part of the Foundation’s Healthy Communities initiative program – Literacy Readiness. The goal of the program is to give children six months to five years old who live in Atlantic City a head start in reading before they start school.
The canvas book bundles include four to five books, each of which is appropriate for a child at different times as he/she ages. AtlantiCare staff will provide a new book bundle to children five years and younger at every pediatric visit.


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Left to right are Samantha Kiley, executive director, AtlantiCare Foundation; Sumer Smith and her daughter, Naziyah Black,
AtlantiCare Health Services Pediatric Care patient; Edwin Lopez-Bernard, M.D., AtlantiCare Health Services;
Debra Westcott, APN, AtlantiCare Health Services; Ryan Gaskill, vice president, Board of Directors, Hope for Atlantic City;
David Cohen, executive director, Hope for Atlantic City; and Sandy Festa, administrative director, AtlantiCare HealthPlex.


Hope for Atlantic City, which partnered with The Lisa Libraries to distribute the new books, has committed to donating $9,000 worth of new books to the AtlantiCare Foundation through 2019 for the initiative.

“It is important that we expose children to reading before they start school,” said Ryan Gaskill, vice president, Board of Directors, Hope for Atlantic City, and teacher, Atlantic City High School. “Hope for Atlantic City is always looking for opportunities to empower children in Atlantic City by providing them with tools and guidance to be the next generation of leaders in the city. AtlantiCare provided us with a perfect way to launch this initiative to get children the educational jump they deserve because it has relationships with families.”
“Being able to read is essential to our wellbeing throughout our life,” said Sandy Festa, administrative director, AtlantiCare HealthPlex. “Reading contributes to learning and knowledge that impact us physically, socially, financially and in so many other ways that affect our individual and community health. We are grateful Hope for Atlantic City is partnering with us to broaden our youngest patients’ skills and knowledge.”

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Leonardo Cruz, seven, holds one of the new books he received as part of a book bundle the AtlantiCare Foundation
and its community partner Hope for Atlantic City donated to AtlantiCare Health Services Pediatric Care.
His mother Juana Estevan and brother Cristobal Estevan, two months, watch.

The AtlantiCare Foundation partners with organizations throughout the region it serves as part of its Healthy Communities initiative to meet the greatest community needs. To learn more about the AtlantiCare Foundation visit www.atlanticare.org/foundation or call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000. To learn more about Hope for Atlantic City visit www.hope4ac.org.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org



AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, 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 5,800 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 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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