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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

For Immediate Release:  May 23, 2018

 

 AtlantiCare presents AEDs to Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City through Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. contributes matching funds

 

Representatives of the AtlantiCare Foundation and the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) presented two AEDs to the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City May 21  through the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program. Joining them were leadership of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Kappa Omega Chapter which provided the matching funds. The Boys & Girls Club will place one AED in each of its two Atlantic City locations.

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. Since then it has placed more than 250 AEDs in the community. 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.

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Pictured left to right are Christine Hayek, senior director of operations, AtlantiCare Physician Group; Ricardo Belgrave, unit director, Boys & Girls Club; Rosemarie McCarthy, cardiology outreach coordinator, AtlantiCare; Natalie Devonish, director of operations, Boys & Girls Club; Diane Stalling, Vice President, Theta Kappa Omega (TKO) Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc.; Vincent Kirkland, care manager, William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex; Shawn Phillip, President, TKO Chapter of AKA Sorority, Inc.; Michelle Carrera, CEO,  Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City; Tracey Sloan, member, TKO Chapter of AKA Sorority, Inc. ; and Tracey Triniwell, director, Maternal Fetal Medicine, AtlantiCare, Board member, Boys & Girls Club, and member, TKO Chapter of AKA Sorority, Inc.

 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.

 

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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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