For Immediate Release: December 1, 2015
Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) and his wife, Amy Kennedy, introduced their new daughter, Nell Elizabeth Kennedy, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus, a member of Geisinger Health system, on December 1. They were accompanied by Nell’s big brother, three-year-old Owen Patrick; and big sisters two-year-old Nora Kara and seven-year-old Harper Gray.
Nell was born November 29 at 4:31 a.m., weighing 6 pounds and measuring 19 inches long, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, a member of Geisinger Health System, in the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at the hospital’s Mainland Campus, Pomona, New Jersey.
The Kennedys are grateful to have welcomed their new daughter during Thanksgiving weekend.
Patrick Kennedy served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Rhode Island’s First District. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife Amy and their four children. Amy Kennedy was born and raised in Absecon, New Jersey, and is an alumnus of Penn State University. She married Patrick J. Kennedy on July 15, 2011. The daughter of two teachers, Amy has a daughter Harper Gray, from a previous marriage, and she and Patrick are also parents to daughter Nora Kara and son Owen Patrick. In Congress, Patrick Kennedy was a vocal champion of efforts to increase understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. In 2008, he co-authored and was the lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act along with his late father Senator Edward Kennedy. The legislation, signed into law in 2008, provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment. After leaving Congress, Kennedy co-founded One Mind for Research dedicated to dramatic enhancements in funding and collaboration in research across all brain disorders. In October 2013 he launched The Kennedy Forum to unite the community of mental health and urge today’s policy makers to seize the moment on behalf of those with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and addictions. Kennedy is also the co-author of “A Common Struggle,” a current New York Times bestseller, which outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health and addiction in America.
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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, 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 5,400 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.