For Immediate Release: December 15, 2015
Who: AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare
What: To hold its tenth annual candlelight vigil
When: Monday, December 21, 2015; 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex Lobby, 1401 Atlantic
Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Details: AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare will hold its tenth annual candlelight vigil in memory of those who died homeless in 2015 on Friday, December 21, as it marks National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. The vigil will include the reading of the names of the many who died homeless in 2015.
AtlantiCare staff have donated coats, hats, scarves and other essential items, which Mission HealthCare staff will distribute to homeless and others in need, after the event.
The Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, and Covenant House will be among organizations joining AtlantiCare for the event.
Every year since its inception in 1990, National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day has taken place in cities around the country on or around December 21 - the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. This is the tenth year AtlantiCare has participated. The event is co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the National Consumer Advisory Board and the New Jersey Advocacy Network to End Homelessness.
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) was 3,664 patients treated during 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.
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.