For Immediate Release: November 29, 2013
December 1, 2013 marks the 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day.
Monday, December 2, AtlantiCare will mark World AIDS Day at the George F. Lynn Harmony Pavilion at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus, 1925 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, with education and a remembrance ceremony. ARMC HIV counselors will provide information about services and resources between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 12:30. It will include trimming of a tree in remembrance/honor of those affected by AIDS. The event, which is open to the community, will include refreshments. For more information, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000.
AtlantiCare will also participate in the South Jersey AIDS Alliance’s Working Together Toward an AIDS-Free Generation, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Atlantic Cape Community College’s campuses at 1535 Bacharach Boulevard, Atlantic City, and 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Representatives from more than 10 community organizations, including AtlantiCare, will participated in the free health fair that will include HIV testing, education and information, as well as cholesterol screening, blood sugar testing and refreshments. For more information call the South Jersey AIDS Alliance at 609-347-1085.
Jean Haspel, AtlantiCare adult nurse practitioner and HIV specialist says the events provide an opportunity to remind the community about the importance of AIDS education and testing. She also says the rapid HIV testing centers AtlantiCare recently opened will help in the fight to prevent HIV.
“In March 2013, we opened rapid HIV testing centers outside of our hospital for the first time,” says Haspel. “Patients can find out within 20 minutes if they are infected. We can now reach even more people who are at risk for HIV and to help them get the care they need.” ARMC has also offered rapid HIV testing at its City Campus Emergency Department since 2006 and at its Satellite Emergency Department in Hammonton since 2011. Rapid HIV testing hours are:
William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex, 1401 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.to 4 p.m.
ARMC’s Satellite Emergency Department, 219 North White Horse Pike, Hammonton: Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus, Emergency Department, 1925 Pacific Avenue: Seven days a week from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m.
HIV Prevention and Treatment Services at AtlantiCare
Since 1989, AtlantiCare has provided primary medical care and HIV specialty care through its Infectious Disease Clinic. AtlantiCare also participates in the national in+care campaign. Its goal is to help HIV positive patients stay committed to their care and get the care and services they need.
“Not staying in care is the biggest barrier to better patient health,” says Haspel. “When patients continue to get the care they need, they’re more likely to stay on their medications and stay healthier, and are less likely to transmit the disease to others.”
AtlantiCare also offers the following services to help those with HIV:
• HIV Patient Navigation: The navigator helps patients in a number of ways—from performing rapid HIV testing to linking patients with HIV to the services they need, to reengaging HIV patients who have fallen out of care.
• HIV Testing Counseling: HIV testing counselors perform rapid HIV tests and educate patients about preventing the spread of HIV.
• Mental Health Counseling: A licensed clinical social worker assists patients and families in coping with an HIV diagnosis.
• Medical Case Management: Medical case managers help HIV patients with managing their treatment plans, securing benefits and service and navigating care.
For more information, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.
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 5,461employees 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.
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