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Kelly Heiler and Michelle DiForti win Scott E. Monk, DO, Memorial Scholarship

For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014

Kelly Heiler and Michelle DiForti win Scott E. Monk, DO, Memorial Scholarship

Presentation part of ARMC's16th Annual Trauma Symposium

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From left to right are Nancy Monk, of Cherry Hill; Kelly Heiler, RN, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Trauma Center nurse, of North Cape May; Michelle DiForti, ARMC Emergency Center technician, of Little Egg Harbor; and Lori Kern, of Chestertown, Maryland. Monk and Kern presented $3,500 scholarships to both recipients in honor Scott E. Monk, DO, former medical director of the Trauma Center at ARMC, and Timothy Kern.

The family of the late Scott E. Monk, DO, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Lori Kern, of Chestertown, Maryland, mother of the late Tim Kern, presented the Scott E. Monk, DO, Memorial Scholarship Award to Kelly Heiler, RN, of North Cape May, and to Michelle DiForti, of Little Egg Harbor, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's 16th Annual Trauma Symposium at Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino May 6.

The Monk family established the yearly scholarship to honor the life and teachings of the former medical director of the Harrah's Regional Trauma Center at ARMC. This year, the Timothy Kern Memorial Fund contributed to the scholarship in memory of Timothy Kern, who was Dr. Monk's patient, and the scholarship was expanded to include two recipients. It is open to AtlantiCare employees and their dependents.

Kelly Heiler, RN, a registered nurse at the Trauma Center, has worked in ARMC's Trauma Center since 2004. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona. "I only worked with Dr. Monk a short time," said Heiler. "I learned so much from him. He provided an excellent example of how to truly care for patients and their families."

Michelle DiForti, Emergency Center technician, of joined AtlantiCare July 2011. She is pursuing her Associates degree in nursing education at Ocean County College School of Nursing, Toms River, New Jersey.

More than 400 attended the symposium. Experts including those from ARMC, its clinical partners and hospitals/healthcare organizations from across the country, shared best practices for care of the trauma patient in 30 different sessions.

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