For Immediate Release: August 11, 2015

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services
to host ninth annual picnic for homeless

Who:            AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services
What:           9th Annual Homeless Picnic – National Health Center Week
Where:         AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare, 2009 Bacharach Boulevard, Atlantic City
When:          Friday, August 14, 2015, noon to 3 p.m. Remarks approximately 1 p.m.
Details:        More than 500 people are expected to attend the AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services ninth annual picnic for homeless. The event will include health assessments; information about healthcare services; housing, financial assistance and health insurance enrollment information; other programs and services; entertainment and remarks.

Speakers will include:

  • Sandy Festa, administrative director, AtlantiCare HealthPlex
  • Frank Blee, director of government relations and senior services, AtlantiCare
  • Laura Rodgers, director of mental health partnerships, LCSW, Jewish Family Service
  • Bill Warner, director of men’s ministries, Atlantic City Rescue Mission

AtlantiCare joins federally qualified health centers throughout the country to observe National Health Center Week which is recognized the second week of August each year.  The theme this year, August 9 to 15, is “Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Future.”

The week is designed to recognize the service and contributions of community, migrant, homeless and public housing health centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in the United States.

Agencies planning to participate by  providing information, screenings and or health assessments  include Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous; Adelaide's Place, Atlantic City; the Atlantic City Health Department; AMI Foundation’s Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van; Behavioral Crossroads, LLC, of Washington Township and Egg Harbor Township; Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch; Covenant House; Diabetes Foundation, Inc.; Horizon NJ Health; Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties; Mental Health Association of New Jersey; Rite Aid Pharmacy of Atlantic City; The Salvation Army Atlantic City Corps; South Jersey AIDS Alliance; UnitedHealthcare® Community Plan; and Veterans Health Administration Mobile Vet Center.

The following organizations also support AtlantiCare’s Homeless Picnic: AmeriGroup; Horizon NJ Health; and UnitedHealthcare® Community Plan.

About AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services
AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services, located at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and AtlantiCare Community Health Services and in the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City, is among 20 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in the state and one of only five that serve homeless. AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare’s out-patient facility at the Rescue Mission includes four examination rooms, four offices for medical and social service staff, and a conference room. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The HealthPlex site hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services total patient count (unique patient IDs) treated were 3,664 patients through more than 20,501 visits in 2014. The top three diagnoses the team treats are hypertension, diabetes and respiratory conditions. The services include primary care and physical exams; case management; disease management; medication administration and distribution; health screenings for diabetes and heart disease; tuberculosis testing; drug and alcohol counseling; HIV/AIDS testing and counseling; and psychiatric services. Patients pay on an income-based sliding fee scale; no one is turned away, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare/Community Health Services staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, an advanced practice psychiatric nurse, a licensed practical nurse, clinical social workers, medical assistants, case managers and educators. Clients are identified through hospital discharges, mobile outreach and collaboration with community social services including the Atlantic County Women’s Center, Jewish Family Services and Covenant House.

For more information about AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare or other AtlantiCare programs and services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or visit For more information about National Health Centers Week visit

Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446,
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361,


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.