For Immediate Release: May 5, 2014
AtlantiCare recognized John Schultz and Gary Hill, of Atlantic City and Howard Slotoroff, MD, of Egg Harbor City, with the Edward R. Knight Award during its Annual Century Club Gala May 3 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Center. It also announced the kick-off of a capital campaign for the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Transformation/Modernization.
Left to right are: David Tilton, president and CEO, AtlantiCare; Benjamin Zeltner, chairman, AtlantiCare Foundation Board; Howard Slotoroff, MD, Edward R. Knight Physician’s Award honoree; Gary Hill and John Schultz, Edward R. Knight Community Award honorees; and Eugene Arnone, chairman, AtlantiCare Health System Board.
AtlantiCare's 2014 Century Club Gala co-chairs, left to right, were Haitham Dib, MD and Faten Dib, of Linwood; and Patricia Steinberg and Kenneth Steinberg, chairman, AtlantiCare Regional Health Services Board, of Longport.
In recognition of this being the 55th year of the gala, the theme of the event was Emerald City. Proceeds of the gala will benefit AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children and Healing Arts programs and AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative. The event garnered more than $600,000 in sponsorships.
“By joining us this evening and supporting the AtlantiCare Foundation in other ways, you are helping us transform our approach to building a healthier community,” said David Tilton, president and CEO, AtlantiCare.
Benjamin Zeltner, chairman, AtlantiCare Foundation Board, announced the kick-off of the capital campaign to raise funds for the $62.5 million AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Transformation/Modernization Project.
Tilton announced Rothman Institute Orthopaedics pledged $3 million to the campaign. “Because of you and so many other donors, we will be able to serve this community with the highest quality and service—well into the future,” he said.
Rothman Institute at AtlantiCare physicians, left to right, are Brian Winters, MD; Alvin Ong, MD; Bradford Tucker, MD; Zachary Post, MD; and Jonas Matzon, MD.
Gala décor mimicked sets from 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, The Wizard of Oz. The reception area was decorated in black and white. Guests followed a yellow brick road lined with lollipops to the main ballroom, which was decorated in full color, to mimic the film’s use of Technicolor in the land of Oz, and have a backdrop of the film’s Emerald City.
Character actors portrayed the film’s Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow and the Wicked Witch of the West characters.
Serago Roberts Jewelers, Northfield, was the Lions & Tigers & Emeralds, Oh My! Sponsor of AtlantiCare’s 55th Annual Century Club Gala.
Pictured left to right are Ralph Henry, Jr., of Egg Harbor Township; Gina Gatti, of Newfield, who won a Raymond Weil Maestro watch during the Serago Roberts Jewelry raffle; and Serago Roberts owners Bob and Mindy Rovinsky and store manager Jessie Brudon.
Entertainment was by Hank Lane Music’s Michael Hart Band.
About the Edward R. Knight Award
AtlantiCare established the Edward R. Knight Award in 1998 to honor those who contribute to building a healthier community. It is named for the late Edward R. Knight, PhD, who was chairman emeritus of ARMC and who devoted more than 50 years of service to improving healthcare for those who live and work in southeastern New Jersey.
AtlantiCare recognized Schultz and Hill, with the Edward R. Knight Community Service Award for their philanthropy over the last 24 years. The two founded the Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association (MBCA), for which Shultz serves as president and Hill as community relations director, in 1990. The MBCA has provided more than $280,000 to support local charities and civic events. The two co-founded the Schultz-Hill Foundation, a non-profit organization, in 2003, to promote the arts, history and education in southern New Jersey. The Foundation has supported over 50 arts and historical organizations and provided more than $50,000 to area students and teacher. Both honorees also personally serve on the boards and/or as members of many other charitable organizations. Schultz, a former Atlantic City Council member, co-founded and still serves on Atlantic City’s Special Improvement District. Hill is a member of the AtlantiCare Foundation Board of Trustees and of AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Committee, and has served on the AtlantiCare Gala committee for several years.
AtlantiCare recognized Slotoroff with the Edward R. Knight Physician’s Award for his dedication to patients. He was a member of ARMC’s Medical Staff for more than 37 years, serving as director of the hospital’s Division of Urology. Slotoroff retired from practice in November, 2013. Prior to joining AtlantiCare’s Medical Staff, he did a medical internship at what was then Atlantic City Medical Center. He served in the United States Air Force from 1973 to 1975, where he was chief of Urology at Malcolm Grow Medical Facility at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. He was and continues to be a role model for physicians and staff. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Slotoroff is a past president of the Atlantic County Medical Society and was a member of the American Urological Association and the Endourological Society. His colleagues and patients have benefited from his altruism, humility, congeniality and his commitment to education.
About the ARMC Mainland Campus Transformation/Modernization
AtlantiCare broke ground for the $62.5 million AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Transformation/Modernization Project February 24. The project will include a more than 35,000 square foot expansion at the Mainland Campus current front entrance, upgrades to the existing facility, which opened in 1975, and additional enhancements.
About AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program
AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program works with area schools to create and sustain healthy school environments by providing resources and programming to ensure students are healthy and ready to learn.
About AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program
Through its Healing Arts program, AtlantiCare incorporates artwork in the healthcare setting with a goal of creating a healing, serene environment. AtlantiCare dedicates one percent of all new building costs to the commission of artwork by local and regional artists.
About AtlantiCare’s Growing Green Initiative
AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative empowers the community to take charge of its health by offering funds, resources, and education around the creation of access points for fresh, healthy food. By fostering the creation and sustenance school and community gardens, AtlantiCare encourages healthier food choices while beautifying open spaces in neighborhoods and schools.
To donate to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Transformation/Modernization capital campaign or other AtlantiCare programs and services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or visit the AtlantiCare Foundation web page.
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446,
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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