RNS Heart Institute at AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center

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In 1972, RNS began a campaign to establish, not only for cancer,  but medical services for heart related diseases. They started with a Medical and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.  Soon after this, a Surgical Intensive Care Unit was added.

In 1973 thru 1977 a number of needed medical items and equipment were donated.  Among these were 5 defibrillators, a 4 bed Telemetry System,  an Aerobic Bacteria System, a portable Defibrillator, Colonoscope, & Telemetry.

In 1981, a partial refurbishing of the 4th Floor Annex was completed.

With another Founder’s Gift of  $1,000,000.00,  the  ACMC  Heart  Institute /Rose Newman Pavilion was opened the summer of 2001.  This center brings high quality cardiac surgery and an interventional cardiology program to the Southeastern NJ Region performing open-heart , by-pass grafts & valve  repairs/replacements & interventional procedures such as balloon, angio-plasty & stent placements.  The center has maintained an excellent clinical outcome and  superb patient satisfaction results.

Prevention and rehabilitation are also a large part of the Heart Institute.  They were the first in the community to offer HeartScan, a non-invasive, painless screening exam for the dedication of calcified plaque in the arteries of  the heart .   HeartCheck is another regional community screening service taking place on the AtlantiCare Health Mobile and includes blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar screening,  a body mass index,  heart/ lung assessment and a 12-leas EKG.

Additional programs through the Heart Institute include: monthly “Matters of the Heart”  lectures;  screening for blood pressure,  blood sugar and choles- terol levels (Mainland Division) cardiac support groups for patients and their families; and mall walkers at the Hamilton Mall.