AtlantiCare Bids Farewell to Beloved Family Member

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On Thursday, August 31st, plenty of tears were shed, but even more hugs were given, as the staff at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center said goodbye to a big part of their work family.

Sister Mary France Kyle has worked for the organization for the past 17 years.

“She has given herself in a way that has touched our whole organization," said Lori Herndon, CEO at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. "She’s here for us. She’s also here for our patients. She volunteers; this is a role of love for her.” 

She has given herself in a way that has touched our whole organization.

“[Sister Mary] makes sure that we’re OK, she checks on us and she’s always just the person where you know you can go to and get a hug and really feel comforted,” said Rachael Galego, trauma program director at the city campus for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

The staff continued to pour in during Kyle's final farewell celebration Thursday afternoon, Aug 31st. Many shared stories and laughs as they presented her with a special scrapbook and goodbye presents.

“It’s very sad," said Kyle. "It’s very bittersweet because I am excited about where I’m going. But I’m very sad about leaving. I’m very attached to so many people and I feel overwhelmed with all the love they share with me.”

From here Kyle plans on moving up to Camden to work at a new Welcome Center.

“We hope to work with other churches so that together we can create a little bright spot in Camden,” said Kyle.

Most said today’s farewell was a bittersweet one.

“We may not have her physically here with us, but we know we can always reach out to her whenever we need her,” said Galego.

“We miss her already," said Juliann Henry, manager of Pastoral Care Department at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. "But we know that we love her and she’s not going to be that far away. So, we plan on visiting her and we wish her well on her new ministry.”

“We’re all a little choked up about having to say goodbye," said Herndon. "We wish her the best in her next assignment. But, she will always be a big part of our lives.”

As they wished her well, she had one thing left to tell her AtlantiCare family.

“I love you beyond words,” said Kyle.

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