Atlantic City Hospital, 125 years ago.

ATLANTIC CITY – On Nov. 30, 1898, AtlantiCare opened its doors as Atlantic City Hospital, offering 10 beds in a farmhouse located at 26 S. Ohio Ave. One hundred and twenty-five years later, AtlantiCare continues to meet the evolving needs of the region as southeastern New Jersey’s largest integrated system of not-for-profit healthcare services. 

AtlantiCare’s anniversary has been acknowledged by many state and local leaders including, Gov. Phil Murphy, and U.S. Congressman Jeff Van Drew. Additionally, to mark this historic occasion, Nov. 30 was declared as AtlantiCare Day in Atlantic County. 

“The availability of award-winning care in their hometown is what every resident deserves and what AtlantiCare has delivered for over a century,” Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. said. “In 2023 alone, AtlantiCare has been recognized as an employer of choice and received accolades for their safety and quality. We are grateful for all they have done and continue to do.” 

“For 125 years, AtlantiCare has delivered high quality, patient-focused care. They have also provided over $1 billion in community benefit and charitable giving as an anchor institution in our community,” Galloway Township Mayor Anthony Coppola said.  “I can think of no better way for Galloway (Township) to honor an organization that has given us so much than by dedicating this day to them.” 

AtlantiCare Day kicked off a yearlong celebration highlighting all AtlantiCare has achieved since first opening its doors. Through a series of large and small events, the organization will show appreciation for team members and everyone in the region 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 related to substance use disorder and the other to combatting social determinants of health including food insecurity and housing. 

“Over the decades, AtlantiCare has evolved and grown into the nationally recognized organization it is today,” AtlantiCare President and CEO Michael J. Charlton said. “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.”

AtlantiCare Medical Center Atlantic City.

The organization is also in the midst of planning for Vision 2030, a reimagining of its strategic direction which includes more than $1 billion in investment focused on expanding premier services including behavioral health, cardiology, pulmonology, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology while also growing regional programs to support those in need. Future plans also emphasize integrating technology and AI into the healthcare framework to further enhance the patient and employee experience. 

AtlantiCare is an award-winning integrated healthcare system based in Egg Harbor Township, whose team of nearly 7,000 serves the community in over 100 locations in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Ocean counties of southern New Jersey. Committed to an innovative approach to providing best in the industry care, AtlantiCare’s vision of building healthy communities drives its mission of making a difference in health and healing, one person at a time.

Learn more at or 1-888-569-1000. 

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.