For Immediate Release: April 20, 2015
More than 200 people attended AtlantiCare’s annual Adult Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Atlantic City Country Club April 14. The dinner was one way AtlantiCare recognized volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 12-18.
Among volunteers who were recognized at the dinner were:
Marilynn Wimberg, of Ventnor, ARMC City Campus Auxiliary member, the ARMC volunteer who has been volunteering the longest (Wimberg started in 1965.)
Audrey Fisher, of Egg Harbor Township, ARMC Atlantic City Campus Auxiliary president, a volunteer since 1974
Beatrice Leek, of Egg Harbor City, a volunteer since 1974
Claire Schroer, of Egg Harbor City, ARMC Mainland Campus Auxiliary member, a volunteer since 1974
Gladys McCardle, of Linwood, the longest serving AtlantiCare Hospice and Palliative Care volunteer (McCardle started in 1994.)
Helen Riso, of Absecon, who recently celebrated her 96th birthday, started volunteering in the gift shop in 1994
Phyllis Previti, of Ventnor, knitted 584 hats for ARMC Center for Childbirth newborns in 2014
Earl Winterbottom, of Hammonton; Jessica Brown-Korsah, of Atlantic City; and Carol Weisenberg, of Mays Landing, the newest Hospice volunteers
James Pico, of Galloway, the newest ARMC volunteer – volunteering in the ARMC Mainland Campus Emergency Department
AtlantiCare’s nearly 400 adult volunteers assist patients and staff throughout AtlantiCare in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, serving in various areas of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, including the Joint, Spine and Heart institutes; Emergency and Radiology departments; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth; Hospice and Palliative Care program; Information Desk; and throughout the hospital by performing in AtlantiCare’s Creative Arts and Healing Program. Volunteers also include more than 148 auxiliary members, as well as pastoral counselors and business office assistants. AtlantiCare has approximately 100 junior volunteers, ages 14 to 17. It recognizes them with a summer luncheon. Volunteers serve in 29 departments throughout AtlantiCare.
In 2014, adult volunteers donated more than 37,000 hours of service within AtlantiCare. This does not include the hours knitters, crocheters, and Hearts, Hands, and Hospice volunteers contribute creating blankets and other items from their homes. In addition, junior volunteers donated 3,903 hours of service this past summer.
AtlantiCare 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 5,221 employees and more than 700 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 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.