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A New Day artwork collage symbolizes difference AtlantiCare makes for children, adolescents

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For Immediate Release: April 11, 2013

A New Day is the signature artwork in AtlantiCare's new Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center at 6010 Black Horse Pike, Atlantic City.

AtlantiCare's Healing Arts Program commissioned Dorrie Papademetriou to work with approximately 30 children and adolescents in AtlantiCare's Child and Adolescent Acute Partial Hospitalization and Family Care Network programs to create the 50 inch by 60 inch collage.

"A New Day symbolizes healing – moving past difficulty to something positive, explained Papademetriou, director of Exhibitions and Collections, The Noyes Museum of Art, Stockton College, "Each young client did an individual painting illustrating a different emotion using color, shape, design, and/or patterns. We combined their works so that toward the bottom of the piece there are more sharp angles and deep colors," she explained. "It transitions to a brighter, softer point with a depiction of the sun. That is the concept of healing – moving past a difficulty to something positive."

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"Participating in the art project was a positive experience for our clients," said Suzanne M. Robinson Porreca, PsyD, director of Child and Adolescent Services, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health, who added some of the clients had already participated in expressive art therapy at AtlantiCare. "The collage, which is essentially a patchwork of many clients' works, is especially symbolic because many of the clients participate in group therapy.

"In addition to contributing to a healing atmosphere for clients, A New Day will be an inspiration to physicians and staff who care for clients," said Cheryl Broschard, AtlantiCare Foundation Project coordinator, who added the work is part of AtlantiCare's commitment to including the healing arts in all new buildings.

In December, 2012, AtlantiCare opened its Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center at 6010 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, allowing it to locate its outpatient behavioral health services for children and adolescents in one convenient location*. Final touches – including the completion of the center's play therapy room – were completed in March.

About AtlantiCare's Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center
More than 50 AtlantiCare Behavioral Health staff at the center including child psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, case managers, and support staff collaborate with clients' pediatricians and/or primary care physicians, to care for the behavioral health needs of children from infants through age 18 for various behavioral health issues. Services they provide include, but are not limited to

• Evaluation and assessment
• Individual and family
• Medication management
• Group therapy
• Art therapy
• Play therapy

Individual, family and group programs AtlantiCare Behavioral Health offers at the center include, but are not limited to:

• AtlantiCare Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services
• AtlantiCare Child and Adolescent Acute Partial Hospitalization Program
• AtlantiCare Child Social Services Program
• AtlantiCare Family Care Network Program
• AtlantiCare's Children's Mobile Response and Stabilization Team

About AtlantiCare's Healing Arts Program
AtlantiCare knows it takes more than medicine to build a healthy community. Healing Arts is a unique initiative, designed to showcase original artwork. By integrating the arts, AtlantiCare demonstrates its intent to create a healing presence in the community. AtlantiCare has made a commitment to dedicate one percent of new construction costs to public artwork. Much of the art is commissioned from New Jersey artists. It is one of the most ambitious projects in public art in the state. It brings opportunities to discover the arts to thousands. Paintings brighten hospital corridors. Photography accents a medical office lobby. Sculpture brings a landscaped courtyard to life. Art in the healthcare setting is helping to make AtlantiCare's public spaces more appealing. AtlantiCare's Healing Arts Program also includes special events and art exhibitions.

For more information about AtlantiCare's Healing Arts Program, including sponsorship opportunities; AtlantiCare Children and Adolescents Behavioral Health Services or other AtlantiCare Programs and Services, or to find an AtlantiCare physician, visit www.atlanticare.org, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.

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