For Immediate Release:   May 11, 2018  

Caring Hands Exhibit celebrates
AtlantiCare nurses


AtlantiCare is celebrating nurses throughout May with its second annual Caring Hands Healing Arts Exhibit. The exhibit is one way AtlantiCare is celebrating nurses’ contributions during National Nurses and National Hospital weeks (May 6 to 12).  

Caring Hands is an exhibition of black and white portraits that showcases and celebrates the nurses of AtlantiCare. AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program commissioned four photographers to capture the hands only of more than 50 individuals. Small headshots and descriptive quotes accompany each portrait. See a slide show of the exhibit on AtlantiCare’s Facebook Page.

“These stunning black and white pictures so poignantly illustrate who AtlantiCare nurses are,” said Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, of Folsom, New Jersey, vice president of Nursing and chief nursing officer, AtlantiCare. “The theme of Nurses Week this year is Nurses inspire, innovate, and influence. This beautiful exhibit highlights some of the many ways our nurses make a difference for each other, our patients, their families and our community every day. It shows our nurses have similar life experiences to those of our patients – including loves, losses, triumphs, challenges and joys.”

One nurse holds her late husband’s police badge and a picture of her children. Another, a basketball coach, holds a ball with her seven-year-old twin daughters. Another holds the hands of her mother, who was a 1952 graduate of Atlantic City Hospital Nursing School.

The more than 50 portraits will be on display in AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s (ARMC’s) Mainland and City campuses, in Pomona and Atlantic City respectively, and AtlantiCare’s Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, in Egg Harbor Township, throughout the month.

AtlantiCare is also posting the portraits on its Facebook page throughout the May and to its YouTube page.

“This exhibit represents AtlantiCare’s approximately 1,500 nurses who care for our community in five counties of New Jersey,” explained Cheryl Broschard, Development and cultural project manager, AtlantiCare Foundation, who leads AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program. “It celebrates the contributions they make through the care they give every day at the bedside, in the community, behind-the-scenes, in patients’ homes and in so many settings and ways,” said Broschard. “They’re also parents, siblings, and/or children. They’re volunteers outside of their AtlantiCare roles. They range from nurses who are early in their careers to those who have worked for AtlantiCare for decades.”

Nurses who shared their hands for the exhibit include:

Hong “Rosa” Speirs, BSN, RN, a Medical Oncology nurse at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, holds a picture of a globe. “As an Asian-American woman, I understand how important it is to be inclusive,” says Speirs, who resides in Galloway. “Embracing and understanding diversity has been and continues to be essential in my nursing practice.”

Jennifer Ketchledge, MSN, RN, clinical director, Medical Surgical units, ARMC Atlantic City Campus, of Galloway, holds a picture of her late father, Ronald Ketchledge. “My father passed away at the young age of 40,” she explains. “I was so inspired by the nurses who cared for him that I decided to pursue a career in nursing to ensure the delivery of competent and ethical patient care.”

“I hold my children’s hands which represent all of the children I take care of every day,” says Laura Smith, BSN, RN-BC, pediatric nurse at the Stanley M. Grossman Pediatric Center, at ARMC Atlantic City Campus, of Northfield. Also in her hands, is a heart necklace, “It holds the ashes of my grandmother, who encouraged me to become a nurse.”

Corazon “CJ” Coulter, RNBC, clinical manager, 5 Harmony, ARMC Atlantic City Campus, of Northfield, holds a crystal clam shell revealing a pearl. “It symbolizes a patient protected by a nurse’s hands,” she says.

Rebecca Johnson, MBA, BSN, RN, clinical manger, Trauma Intensive Care Unit, of Millville, holds a potted daffodil, explaining she went from being a farmer’s daughter to a nurse manager. “There is no greater honor than supporting someone’s growth and evolution as a human being,” she says.

“I’m holding on to the next greatest gift in my life – arriving soon,” said Lauren Kirk, MSN, RN, clinical manager, ARMC Atlantic City Campus Emergency Center. (Kirk welcomed her new daughter this week.)

“I hold a rosary,” said Antomie “Tom” Blanco, BSN, RN, ONC, clinical manager, 4 Harmony, ARMC Atlantic City Campus. “It is a reminder of the existence of the divine being and its role in the caring ministry of my profession.”

Bea Love, RN, BSN, a clinical appeals nurse, Revenue Cycle/Medical Audits, AtlantiCare, holds Dax, a four-month-old golden retriever in training to be a Seeing Eye® dog, in her hands.  “The greatest gift I ever received aside from my family, was being given the opportunity to raise our puppy, Mike, for the The Seeing Eye®.” Bea is a member of People and Puppies at Work for Sight, the puppy raising club in Cape May and Atlantic counties for The Seeing Eye®, Inc. of Morristown, NJ.

Summer Tinkcom, MSN, RN, of Brigantine; Brian Cabalo, BSN, RN, of Egg Harbor Township; and Judi Snable, MSN, RN-BC, of Mays Landing; nursing informaticists, AtlantiCare Information Technology, say. “We chose prayer hands or Anjali mudra, a yoga hand posture, as a universal symbol for respect of self and respect for others.

Brenda Hopkins, BSN, RN, CCRN, a nurse a the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at ARMC Mainland Campus, holds pictures of her family members. “I strive to be a role model for the younger generations of my family by touching their lives in a positive way.”

“My happy place is being by the ocean or the bay,” says Margaret Belfield, MSN, RN, executive vice president and chief operating officer, AtlantiCare, of Egg Harbor Township. “My family and I relocated from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore for my first role at AtlantiCare 19 years ago. We love being here!”

Photographers who participated in the project were:

  • Liz Wuillermin, Liz Wuillermin Photography
  • Paul Dempsey, Paul Dempsey Photography
  • Bill Horin, ArtC
  • David Todd McCarty, David Todd McCarty Portraits, Travel, Fashion Photography

About AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program

AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program is an AtlantiCare Foundation sponsored initiative, designed to showcase original artwork. Paintings brighten hospital corridors. Photography accents a medical office lobby. Sculpture brings a landscaped courtyard to life. Art in the healthcare setting is helping to make AtlantiCare’s public spaces more appealing. Through the program, AtlantiCare also includes the works of local and regional artists in all new building projects. To make a contribution to AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program, visit the AtlantiCare Foundation section of AtlantiCare’s website.

For more information about AtlantiCare, visit www.AtlantiCare.org; call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.

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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