For Immediate Release: January 9, 2018

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
experiences patient surge
Flu, weather-related injuries, illnesses among reasons


AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Atlantic City and Mainland (Pomona) campuses are experiencing a patient surge.

“We’ve seen an increase in the number of patients we would normally see at this time of year for a number of reasons,” said James Kilmer Jr., MBA, BSRT(R), CRA, administrator, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City (ARMC) Campus. “They include patients experiencing upper respiratory issues, including asthma; and those experiencing Flu-like symptoms. We’re also seeing weather-related injuries and illnesses, including heart attacks from shoveling, and injuries from slips and falls.”

AtlantiCare has increased staffing levels within the hospital campuses and at its Satellite Emergency Department in Hammonton. It has also increased staffing at many of its Urgent Care centers, which are located throughout Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, and southern Ocean counties. Community members can access locations and hours on the AtlantiCare Urgent Care website.

AtlantiCare’s Special Care centers in Atlantic City and Galloway, which usually treat adult patients with multiple chronic conditions, will treat patients of all ages who do not have a primary care provider or pediatrician for minor illnesses, regardless of type of insurance or lack of coverage through the duration of the patient surge, as will AtlantiCare Health Services at the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City, where the Special Care Center, Atlantic City, is also located.

“We recommend those experiencing symptoms of a minor illness or Flu-like symptoms call their primary care provider for care,” said Thomas Brabson, D.O., chairman, Emergency Services, AtlantiCare. “The exception would be those who are at risk for complications, including seniors, babies and young children, and those with a chronic condition such as diabetes, COPD, or heart failure.”

“If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a stroke or a heart attack,” dial 911, said Brabson. “One symptom of stroke is a sudden, severe headache. Referring to the acronym BE FAST can help you to identify other symptoms.

Balance – Does the person have trouble with balance or walking?
Eyes – Does the person have trouble seeing?
Face – Can the person smile normally? Is one side of the person’s face drooping?
Arms – Does the person have weakness in one or both arms? Can he or she raise both arms?
Speech – Does the patient have sudden difficulty speaking?
Time – For any of these symptoms, dial 911 immediately.

Brabson said heart attack symptoms include:

Chest discomfort – This could be pain that occurs center of the chest that
Lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. “It can
feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.”

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. “This includes pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach,” said Brabson.

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

“Other signs could include breaking out in a cold sweat, and/or experiencing nausea or lightheadedness,” he said.

For more information about accessing care and/or scheduling appointments, the community can call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000,
from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. To reach AtlantiCare Urgent Care sites directly, call 609-407-CARE (2273).


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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