For Immediate Release:  May 3, 2018


AtlantiCare places 250th Heart Heroes AED
Recipient Assumption Regional Catholic School
has history of helping others get AEDs


Representatives of the AtlantiCare Foundation and Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus, Pomona, presented an AED to students and faculty of Assumption Regional Catholic School in Galloway. It was the 250th AED AtlantiCare has placed through its Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program. Watch a video of the presentation here.

Lila Balino Calli Jack Rose McCarthy Annie Cheek Samantha Kiley Joan Dollinger Vinesh Patel MD

Left to right are Lila Balino and Calli Jack, president and vice president, Assumption Regional Catholic School
Student Council; Rose McCarthy, RN, AtlantiCare Heart Heroes coordinator; Annie Cheek, assistant vice president, Cardiovascular Services, AtlantiCare;Samantha Kiley, executive director, AtlantiCare Foundation; Joan Dollinger, principal, ARCS; and Vinesh Patel, MD, cardiologist, AtlantiCare Physician Group.

During the presentation, Vinesh Patel, MD, cardiologist, AtlantiCare Physician Group, talked with students about the importance of getting prompt help for a heart attack. “Call 9-1-1 immediately,”  he said. “Having automatic external defibrillators in schools and other places you, your family and your friends are is important so those trained to use them can help the person even before emergency care professionals arrive.”

Assumption’s history of supporting AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Program
Assumption students held a dress-down, wear-red day in February to raise the matching funds for the AED and to enhance awareness about American Heart Month.  Assumption had previously raised matching funds through dress-down days for five Heart Heroes-placed AEDs since 2012. These organizations included Holy Spirit High School, Bayview Volunteer Fire Company Station 26-4, Oceanville Fire Company # 1, the Galloway Senior Center, and the 150th AED AtlantiCare placed in the Galloway Municipal Building, in 2015. Cathryn Flammer, director of Development at the school, has led the students in identifying community organizations that could benefit from an AED and raising matching funds to secure them through AtlantiCare’s Program.

Assumption Regional Catholic School AtlantiCare AED 250 Heart Group Shot wave

ARCS eight grade students led pre-K and kindergarten students in forming a heart in the
school gymnasium after AtlantiCare made the AED presentation during an assembly for all students.

“We appreciate the commitment to caring for the community Assumption students and staff  have continually demonstrated by raising matching funds for AED placements,” said Samantha Kiley, executive director, AtlantiCare Foundation. “It is fitting that we are presenting our 250th AED to the school itself.”

“We are so grateful to be receiving the 250th AED through the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes program,” said Joan Dollinger, principal, Assumption Regional Catholic School. “We are especially proud of our students who raised the matching funds – lead by Assumption’s Student Council – for the AED.” Student Council presented AtlantiCare with $700 in matching funds for the AED during the event.

“In addition to raising funds, Assumption is raising awareness about the importance of prompt care for heart attack,” said Annie Cheek, FACHE, MBA, MS, assistant vice president of Cardiovascular Services, AtlantiCare.

About the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program
The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program is an AtlantiCare Foundation-funded program that places automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the community on behalf of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. A small group of volunteers began the program in 2002, after AtlantiCare opened the region’s first and only cardiac surgery program at the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, in Galloway, New Jersey in 2001. Through the program, AtlantiCare Heart Hero funds cover half of purchase price of the AED and the requesting organization covers the other half. In some cases, other organizations donate the matching funds. In some cases, AtlantiCare has covered the full cost of the AEDs.

For more information
To learn more or to apply for an AED, visit the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes AED web page. Individuals and organizations can donate to the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program by visiting the AtlantiCare Foundation donation web page or calling the AtlantiCare Access Center for assistance at 1-888-569-1000. Those interested in becoming an ARMC Heart Hero volunteer can fill out a volunteer application online or call the AtlantiCare Access Center.


Media Contacts:       
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Joseph Clark, Jr. (O) 609-272-6318, joseph.clarkjr@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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