The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) held its ninth annual Red Dress Reception on Thursday, February 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Smithville Inn, Route 9, Historic Smithville. The reception is one way AtlantiCare promotes heart health during American Heart Month. Men and women were invited to wear red in awareness of heart disease, and enjoy a silent auction featuring goods and services from local businesses, a cash bar and a vendor marketplace.
Event proceeds benefited the ARMC Heart Heroes Program, which raises funds for the Heart Institute at ARMC and the AtlantiCare Foundation to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the community. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The Heart Heroes Program funds a portion of the AED cost. Community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds. Since 2002, the program has placed more than 160 AEDs in the community to increase awareness about the importance of prompt care for
heart attack. A great event for a great cause.