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AtlantiCare, Assumption Students present AED to Galloway Township for Senior Center

AtlantiCare, Assumption Students present AED to Galloway Township for Senior Center

For immediate release: April 11, 2014

John Flammer Mayor Don Purdy Viren Vankawala MD Rose McCarthy Abbie Reed Steve Santiago Courtney Reed Ray Coleman low res

From left to right are Assumption Regional Catholic School student John Flammer; Galloway Mayor Don Purdy; Viren Vankawala, MD, director, Non-invasive Cardiovascular Laboratory and associate chair, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, ARMC and cardiologist, AtlantiCare Physician Group Cardiology, Galloway; Rose McCarthy, RN, nurse navigator, The Heart Institute, ARMC; Abbie Reed, ARCS student; Stephen Santiago, of Absecon, Heart Hero; Courtney Reed, ARCS student; and Ray Coleman, of Absecon, Heart Hero.

Students at Assumption Regional Catholic School, Galloway, and the AtlantiCare Heart Institute Heart Heroes joined forces to provide funds for an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the Galloway Senior Center.

Assumption's Student Council organized a dress-down day, during which pre-K through 8th grade students and staff donated money to don casual-wear for a cause. Participants were encouraged to wear red in honor of American Heart Month, recognized in February.

"It's important for our students to know where the money they raise goes," said Cathryn Flammer, advancement director, Assumption Regional Catholic School. "We want them to have fun fundraising, but also we want to help them become responsible citizens. Seeing the outcome and impact of their work and makes them feel connected to their community and encourages them to give back."

The AED was the second placed in the community through Assumption's fundraising efforts. The first, donated in 2012 to Bayview Volunteer Fire Department, was also through the AtlantiCare's Heart Heroes Matching Funds program.

About the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes

The ARMC Heart Heroes is a volunteer group that assists the Heart Institute at ARMC and AtlantiCare Foundation in raising funds to place AEDs in the community. The Heart Heroes fund a portion of the AED and community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.

Those interested in becoming an ARMC Heart Hero volunteer should fill out a volunteer application online. For more information about the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program, including how to make a donation, or for information about other AtlantiCare programs and services, visit www.atlanticare.org, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AtlantiCare.

About Assumption Regional Catholic School

Established in 1957, Assumption Regional Catholic School has excelled at helping students grade Pr K3 through 8th grow as learners and as individuals in a nurturing, safe, faith-based environment. ARCS programs, academics, clubs, performing arts, before and after school care and athletics, has the technology, the staff and the resources in place, to enable students to prepare spiritually, educationally and socially for high school and adulthood.

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Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361,
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Cathryn Flammer, (O) 609-652-7134,
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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

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