Michael Charlton marks 1st day as AtlantiCare CEO at 25th Trauma Symposium

AtlantiCare Trauma Team marks lifesaving milestones at annual event 

AtlantiCare’s Trauma Center team marked two milestones during its annual Trauma Symposium at Harrah’s Resort & Casino in Atlantic City.

June 1 marked the 25th year of hosting the educational event for health care professionals from the region, the tri-state area, across the nation and around the world. It was also the 31st anniversary of when AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus opened the region’s only state-designated Level II Trauma Center.

AtlantiCare interim CEO and President Michael Charlton, who was marking his first day in his new role on Thursday, joined the team at the event to congratulate and acknowledge them.

“Thank you for saving lives of critically injured patients — including those who live and work in southern New Jersey — and those who visit us from the tri-state area, across the nation and around the world,” he said.

“In addition to saving lives, you’re enhancing lives,” Charlton continued. “It is so fitting that the theme of the symposium is ‘the patient experience.’ Patients who live far from our region have come back to AtlantiCare for follow-up care — including some traveling long distances. Plus, patients and their family members have chosen careers at AtlantiCare because of the ways you’ve cared for them.”

Charlton also acknowledged the critical role all first responders and community hospitals play in getting patients to the trauma center for lifesaving care after a critical injury.

Nearly 200 health care providers from throughout the tri-state area and the region attended the event.

Over the last two years, AtlantiCare’s Trauma Center has cared for the highest-ever number of trauma patients — 1,859 in 2022 and 1,823 in 2021.