From left, Charisse Fizer, vice president, Clinical Services Health System; Meaghan Kim, director, Population Health; Heather Santa Barbara, manager, Population Health; and Samantha Kiley, executive director, Foundation.

The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center hosted its 12th annual Red Dress/Red Tie Reception Feb 6 at the Smithville Inn in Galloway Township. The event celebrated American Heart Month and benefited the ARMC Heart Heroes Program.

The Heart Heroes Program raises funds to place automated external defibrillators in the community. Donated on behalf of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, the AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm during cardiac arrest.

From left, Elijah Kohli, administrative fellow, Strategic Planning; Christine Hayek, senior director of operations, AtlantiCare Physicians Group; Robyn Boniewicz, assistant vice president, Urgent Care Service Line; Terri Schieder, senior vice president, Population Health; Ellen Wolownik, assistant vice president, Population Health; and Ashley Harris, executive assistant to senior vice president, Population Health.

The Heart Heroes program began in 2002, spurred by a small group of dedicated AtlantiCare volunteers who were known as the “Heart Heroes.” Since its inception, the program has placed 285 AEDs in the community. The Heart Heroes Program funds a portion of the AED cost and the receiving community group provides the remaining funds. Heart Heroes recently donated an AED to Longport’s Church of the Redeemer.

Applications for the Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program are available on AtlantiCare’s website.

For more information about the Heart Institute at ARMC or other AtlantiCare programs and services, visit http://www.atlanticare.org/or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

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