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Members of AtlantiCare’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Council join President and CEO Lori Herndon as she signs the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion’s CEO Pledge. The pledge, signed by nearly 2,000 CEOs to date, outlines a specific set of actions CEOs will take to cultivate a trusting environment and support a more inclusive workplace and community. From left, Dr. Saraswathi Racherla, associate program director, Ambulatory Clinic; Sandra Garrett, assistant vice president, Women’s and Children’s Services; Christopher Scanzera, vice president and chief information officer; Donna Michael-Ziereis, vice president and general counsel; Felicia Banks, manager, Communications; Charisse Fizer, chief DE&I officer; Christian Ragland, manager, DE&I; Jenny Hernandez, consultant, Process Management; Desiree May, clinical director, Medical Surgical Services; Chloe Molinequx, coordinator, Customer Experience; Mary Ann Tait, assistant vice president, Human Resources; and Tracey Triniwell, administrative director, Women’s & Children’s Services.

AtlantiCare CEO Herndon signs diversity & inclusion action pledge

“AtlantiCare has long been committed to preventing and addressing social inequities and disparities in health care,” says President and Chief Executive Officer Lori Herndon. “In 2020, we embraced the fact that we needed to do more. Spurred by nationwide social unrest, we recognized a powerful opportunity to re-evaluate our organizational culture and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).”

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Coordinated care

Obesity, defined as a body mass index greater than 30, is a major public health problem with an increasing prevalence both across the United States and in New Jersey. Here, more than 1 in 4 people is living with it, and in the city of Newark, the rate is even higher, at nearly 40%. University Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. William Holubek writes about how the new Weight Management Center of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School at University Hospital was created to effectively address this epidemic.

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