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For Immediate Release: May 17, 2016

AtlantiCare Employees Receive Scott E. Monk,
DO, Memorial Scholarship
Presentation part of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's 18th Annual Trauma Symposium

The family of the late Scott E. Monk, DO, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, presented the Scott E. Monk, DO, Memorial Scholarship Awards to Alexander Nieves, of Ventnor, Nediya Griffith, APN, of Galloway, and Sarah Pineda, RN, of Egg Harbor Township, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's 18th Annual Trauma Symposium at Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino May 3.

David-Monk-Nancy-Monk-Sarah-Pineda-Nediya-Griffith-Alexander-Nieves-Marg Left to right are David Monk; Nancy Monk; Sarah Pineda, RN, Trauma Intensive Care Unit, ARMC Atlantic City Campus, 2016 Monk Scholarship recipient; Nediya Griffith, APN, AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare in Atlantic City, 2016 Monk Scholarship recipient; Alexander Nieves, patient care associate, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, 2016 Monk Scholarship recipient; Margaret Belfield, chief operating officer, ARMC; and Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare, and president and CEO, ARMC.

The Monk Family established the Scott E. Monk Foundation annual scholarship program to honor the life and teachings of the former medical director of the Trauma Center at ARMC, and funded a $5,000 award and two $1,500 awards that were presented. The scholarship is open to AtlantiCare employees and their dependents. In addition to contributions from the Monk Family, the Monk Scholarship is also generously supported by the Tim Kern Scholarship Fund.

"Scott loved his job and loved his colleagues," said Monk's wife Nancy Monk. "He was passionate about learning, teaching and providing exceptional patient care. His legacy lives on in this scholarship, and we are honored to support others in pursuing their passions."

$5,000 Scholarship Award Winner
The road to getting into nursing school has been long, challenging, and rewarding for Alexander Nieves. The 28-year-old had been in school since he was 19, usually taking one class a semester; sometimes missing a semester. This patient care associate at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus, who was also born at the hospital, says he was thrilled to be a recipient of a $5,000 scholarship named for a beloved AtlantiCare physician at AtlantiCare's annual Trauma Symposium. He says he is also grateful for the support of his family – including his colleagues at AtlantiCare, some of whom drive him to and/or from work and/or school.

David-Monk-Alexander-Nieves-Nancy-MonkDavid Monk and Nancy Monk present Alexander Nieves with the $5,000 2016 Monk scholarship during AtlantiCare's 18th Annual Trauma Symposium, held May 2-4.

$1,500 Scholarship Winners
Sarah Pineda, RN, of Egg Harbor Township, who works in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, ARMC Atlantic City Campus, was one of the $1,500 scholarship winners. She is pursuing a family nurse practitioner degree.

David-Monk-Avery-Pineda-Sarah-Pineda-Nancy-MonkLeft to right are David Monk, Avery Pineda, Sarah Pineda, RN, Trauma Intensive Care Unit, ARMC Atlantic City Campus, and Nancy Monk.

The second $1,500 scholarship winner was Nediya Griffith, APN, of Galloway, works at AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare in Atlantic City. She is pursuing her doctorate of nursing practice degree.

David-Monk-Nediya-Griffith-Nancy-MonkLeft to right are David Monk, Nediya Griffith, APN, AtlantiCare Mission HealthCare in Atlantic City, and Nancy Monk.

More than 600 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.

For more information about AtlantiCare, visit www.atlanticare.org, find AtlantiCare on Facebook, or call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000.

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org

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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.

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