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For Immediate Release:  November 12, 2015

AtlantiCare, Gift of Life, honor organ donors
“Threads of Love” Quilt to hang outside ARMC Mainland
Campus Intensive Care Unit

Families of six organ and tissue donors gathered November 9 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus for a ceremonial unveiling of a quilt representing loved ones who made the gift of organ and tissue donation.

Charisse-Payne-and-Lara-Moretti-unveil-quiltCharisse Payne, Hospital Services Coordinator, Gift of Life Donor Program, and Lara Moretti, supervisor, Family Support Services, Gift of Life, unveil the “Threads of Love” Donor Memorial Quilt, which hangs outside of the Intensive Care Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus, commemorates the lives of organ and tissue donors.

“This quilt is a source of comfort and remembrance to staff, families, and patients,” said Robyn Begley, RN, DNP, chief nursing officer, AtlantiCare.

“We are proud of the partnership between Gift of Life and AtlantiCare,” added Howard M. Nathan, president and CEO, Gift of Life. “AtlantiCare provides great medical care, and its staff takes excellent care of families to provide comfort and support around end of life issues.” Through this partnership, Nathan said, more than 450 people have received life-saving organ and tissue transplants.

Gail-Elliot-pays-tribute-to-huband-Howard-ElliotGail Elliot reads a tribute in honor of her late husband, Howard Elliot. Family members of organ and tissue donors created quilt squares to commemorate the lives of loved ones. The quilt hangs at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Campus outside the ICU.

“Donors’ families look beyond their own grief to save someone else’s life,” he added. “This quilt is a lasting tribute to the impact these individuals have made on our lives, and shares the stories of these heroes.”

Jeff-Fornicola-Irene-Fornicola-Julie-TiceJeff Fornicola, Irene Fornicola, and Julie Tice attended AtlantiCare’s “Threads of Love” quilt unveiling November 9, held in collaboration with Gift of Life, to honor their son and brother, Michael Fornicola.

The “Threads of Love” quilt hangs outside of the Intensive Care Unit, and is the second created in collaboration with Gift of Life. In 2009, a quilt was dedicated and hung at AtlantiCare’s Atlantic City Campus.

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 



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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