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

Amber McLaughlin, (C) 703-407-6070, amber@thekennedyforum.org

Joseph Clark, Jr. (O) 609-272-6318, joseph.clarkjr@atlanticare.org

 

For Immediate Release: May 29, 2018

 

Patrick J. Kennedy and wife Amy
introduce fifth child at
 AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy and his wife, Amy, introduced the newest member of their family – Marshall Patrick Kennedy – as they left AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Center for Childbirth in Pomona, New Jersey.

Link to video is here.

Marshall was born May 27 at 8:16 p.m. His birth weight was 7 pounds, 4.2 ounces, and he was 19 ¾ inches long. Older sisters and brothers, Harper, 10; Owen, 6; Nora, 4; and Nell, 2, were at the hospital to escort their baby brother home to Brigantine.

Patrick and Amy Kennedy with left to right Harper Owen Nell Marshall Patrick and Nora

Photo Caption:  Patrick and Amy Kennedy with Marshall Patrick and older siblings Harper, Owen, Nell, and Nora.

Patrick Kennedy said how special it was that the family left the hospital on May 29, what would have been President John F. Kennedy’s 101st birthday. Marshall was also born two weeks before the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, June 6. “As we reflect on the tragedies of the past, Amy and I are hopeful that this child will know a more compassionate, connected world – one my aunts, uncles, and father fought for every day.”

Since leaving Congress in 2011, Patrick J. Kennedy has written and spoken publicly about his long struggle with bipolar disorder and drug addiction and has become a leading advocate for a stronger mental health care system in the United States.

“We are so grateful for the amazing care we have received through AtlantiCare, and proud that our children were born in a place that truly values mental health,” said Kennedy. “Getting a ‘check up from the neck up’ is critical for everyone, especially new mothers. AtlantiCare really walks the walk when it comes to issues like postpartum depression. That’s a service not just to individuals, but to the entire community.”

AtlantiCare is one of the first health systems in the country to adopt the Zero Suicide framework system-wide. Zero Suicide focuses on patient safety and quality improvement in suicide care. AtlantiCare sees identifying and treating people at risk for suicide as a core responsibility for caring for patients. The goal is to have all patients screened for suicide risk. If assessed as needing follow-up care, AtlantiCare is referring patients to a coordinator who creates an individualized plan.

Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (D-RI), is the founder of The Kennedy Forum, a former member of the President Trump’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, a co-founder of One Mind, and author of the New York Times bestseller “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction.” He is best known as the co-author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act, which was signed into law in 2008. It provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment by requiring insurers to cover illnesses of the brain, such as depression and addiction, no more restrictively than how they cover illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer.

Amy Kennedy was a public school teacher in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for more than 15 years. She now provides consultation services that emphasize evidence-based research and programming to facilitate policy change in the areas of education and mental health and is the education director for The Kennedy Forum. She also serves on the board of Mental Health America, a leading national advocacy organization, and sits on the advisory board of the Jed Foundation’s Set to Go program, which helps high school students emotionally prepare for the transition to college.

For more information about Patrick and Amy Kennedy, please visit www.patrickjkennedy.net, www.amylkennedy.net, and www.thekennedyforum.org.

For more information about AtlantiCare, visit www.atlanticare.org.

Patrick Kennedy Nell Owen Harper Amy Marshall Patrick Nora Blair Bergen MD Kathy Fowler RN Kristen Mitchell PCA jpg

Photo Caption:  Front row left to right: Patrick Kennedy holding Nell and Owen; Harper; Amy Kennedy holding Marshall Patrick; and Nora.  Back row left to right: Blair Bergen, MD, chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC); Kathy Fowler, registered nurse, ARMC Center for Childbirth; and Kristen Mitchell, patient care association, ARMC Center for Childbirth. Bergen, who delivered Marshall Patrick, also delivered Nora, Owen, and Nell at the Center for Childbirth.

 

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