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AtlantiCare embraces the community in celebrating 125 years of impact

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What does an 11-year-old-boy born well before TVs, computers and motorized cars have to do with your world of technology enhanced healthcare, artificial intelligence and vehicles that park themselves? It turns out, quite a bit. In 1898, 11-year-old, Gussie Johan, fell off a horse-drawn wagon, broke his leg and became the first admission to Atlantic City Hospital. Gussie’s successful treatment marked the start of the history of AtlantiCare, which today treats patients with cutting-edge technology and specialty care that include everything from AI technology for the early detection of lung cancer to the region’s only Level III neonatal intensive care unit to a comprehensive Health Park in Hammonton that offers multiple specialties including neurology, cardiology, gynecology and more.

Since opening its doors on November 30, 1898, AtlantiCare has grown to become southeastern New Jersey’s largest integrated system of not-for-profit healthcare services. This past November 30, AtlantiCare’s continued criticality to health and wellness across five counties was affirmed when multiple city officials proclaimed it AtlantiCare Day. AtlantiCare’s anniversary has also been acknowledged by many state and local leaders including, Governor Phil Murphy, and Congressman Jeff Van Drew.

“Over the decades, AtlantiCare has evolved and grown into the nationally recognized organization it is today. Whether we are adding services, creating jobs or piloting state-of-the-art technology, the needs of our community are always front of mind. We have become the best because those we serve deserve the best. Recognition of our 125th anniversary with AtlantiCare Day is an honor and I look forward to celebrating today and throughout the year,” Michael J. Charlton, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, said.

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A 125-year history spanning growth from a converted farmhouse to a healthcare system serving a community from 101 locations across five counties comes with many trailblazers and firsts. An important part of AtlantiCare’s mission over the years included, and continues to include, expanded services to meet the needs of the Hammonton community. Milestones for Hammonton include opening a $20.6 million AtlantiCare Health Park (2011), and a satellite Emergency Department and wound center (2009).

While respecting all of its historical precedents, AtlantiCare’s yearlong 125th celebration focuses on ensuring future services exist to provide exceptional innovation, commitment, and care that meets the evolving needs of the region. Currently, AtlantiCare:

• Serves the community from 101 locations across five counties

• Employs 7,000 people

• Operates 12 urgent care sites, 23 Primary Care Plus and affiliate locations; 66 specialty care

locations and 6 Federally Qualified Health Centers

• Offers 5 physician residence programs

• Has provided over $1 billion in community benefit and charitable giving

AtlantiCare will engage its team and the community in a yearlong celebration through a series of large and small events that show their appreciation for all those who have contributed to their 125-year journey. In addition, the AtlantiCare Foundation will implement two giving campaigns, each with the goal to raise $1.25 million for special projects. One will be related to substance use disorder and the other to combatting social determinants of health including food insecurity and housing.

“This anniversary is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our healthcare professionals and the enduring support of our community. We look forward to continuing our legacy of providing compassionate care for generations to come,” David Goddard, chair, AtlantiCare Board, said.

As for what comes next, AtlantiCare’s Vision 2030 includes more than $1 billion in investments focused on expanding premier services including behavioral health, cardiology, pulmonology, cancer care, orthopaedics and neurology while also growing regional programs to support those in need. Vision 2030 will also emphasize integrating technology and AI to further enhance the patient and employee experience.

Learn more about AtlantiCare and 125th anniversary happenings at or 1-888-569-1000.


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