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This guide provides some current, reliable consumer health resources. To view more information, please visit the library or browse the catalog.
Last Updated: Aug 4, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Urgent Care Centers

  • AtlanticCare-Urgent Care Centers
    APG Primary Care Plus
    The following primary care offices offer extended hours during the summer. Walk-ins welcome.
    Atlantic City
    24 S. South Carolina Avenue
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Hours: Monday–Friday: 9:00 am–7 pm; Saturday: 9:00 am–2:00pm
    Phone: 609-345-6000

    AtlantiCare Health Park
    2500 English Creek Avenue, Building 900 - Suite 909
    Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
    Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8:30 AM - 9:00 pm
    Phone: 609-407-CARE (2273)
    For other locations, please see their website.
  • Atlantic Emergency Associates
    Atlantic Emergency Associates
    1925 Pacific Avenue
    Atlantic City, NJ
    (609) 441-8127

    | (609) 441-8127 |
  • Shore Urgent Care
    Operated by Shore Memorial Hospital
    2605 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ
    Hours: Monday through Friday 12 - 8 pm, Sat & Sun 9-5pm
    Effective, Efficient Episodic Care
    Most Insurance Plans Accepted
    No Appointment Necessary

Hospital Costs

Use this new tool from personal finance website Nerd Wallet, How Much Hospitals Charge to find out the price of the 100 most common inpatient services at 3200 hospitals accross the country.  Those that are uninsured or underinsured may benefit most by being able to determine which nearby hospitals charge the least for a needed medical procedure that they will have to pay for "out of pocket"; individuals can also use the price data to negotiate lower charges for services received. 

Find a Hospital or Nursing Home

  • Atlantic Regional Medical Center
    Atlantic City Campus
    1925 Pacific Avenue
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    (609) 345-4000
  • Shore Memorial Hospital
    1 East New York Avenue
    SomersPoint, NJ 08244
    (609) 653-3500
    ER (609) 653-3515.
  • American Hospital Directory
    Hospitals with location, clinical services, accreditation and inpatient utilization statistics by medical service.
  • Hospital Compare
    This site from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services provides data about the quality of care at more than 4,700 hospitals around the country. Search by zip code or city and state to access information such as how well local hospitals handle conditions like heart attacks and diabetes.
  • Nursing Home Compare
    Provides detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the US. Search by name, city, county, state, or zip code; Compare Quality using the Five-Star Quality Ratings, health inspection results, and nursing home staff data.
  • U.S. News & World Report Hospital Rankings
    Hospital rankings from U.S. News & World Report, in adult and pediatric specialties, using both numeric data and physician review.

Find a Doctor

  • AtlantiCare Find a Doctor
    Find an AtlantiCare-affiliated physician; search by name or specialty. After selecting a doctor, you can call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 to schedule a visit.
  • Shore Memorial Hospital Find a Doctor
    Search by name of doctor or specialty. To speak with an advisor, please call 1-609-653-4600.
  • NJ Medicaid--Provider Directory
    To find a doctor that accepts Medicaid, search for physician and by county in New Jersey.
  • Medicare Physician Compare
    Search by location, name, or specialty. In addition, if you only want to see providers who accept the Medicare-approved amount as payment in full, click on the button that says Yes, only show providers who accept the Medicare-approved amount as payment in full.
  • WebMD Physician Directory - Find a Doctor in Your Area
    The WebMD Physician Directory is compiled by The Little Blue Book, a printed physician directory that has been used by physicians themselves to contact other doctors. The data on each physician that WebMD presents is confirmed with each physician's office twice a year.

Find a Specialist

  • America's Top Doctors
    This site from Castle Connolly Medical provides a listing of top doctors who are peer- nominated, and then screened by a physician-led research team. Those doctors who are among the very best in their specialties and in their communities are selected for inclusion, and doctors cannot pay to be included in this directory.
  • Doctor Finder
    DoctorFinder, a resource available through the American Medical Association (AMA), which provides patients and the general public with basic professional information on most licensed doctors in the United States
  • Is Your Doctor Certified
    This site, from the American Board of Medical Specialties, allows you to find out if your doctor is board certified. Search by location and specialty or by doctor's name.

Premium eResources

Health Source Consumer provides access to 80 full-text consumer health magazines, including Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many more.

Health Source Nursing provides access to almost 550 scholarly full-text journals, with an emphasis on nursing and allied health.

Reference USA Find U.S. doctors and dentists by name, address, phone number, years of practice, medical school attended, primary speciality, and board certification.

Drugs & Pharmaceuticals

  • AARP Pill Identifier
    Unsure what your pill is? Enter one or more fields , e.g. imprint, shape, color, to identify it.
  • Consumer Reports: Best Buy Drugs
    This is a free public education service from the nonprofit Consumers Union that will help you talk to your doctor about prescription drugs, and find the most effective and safe drugs that also give you the best value for your money.
  • Drug Digest
    One of the best Internet sites for information on pharmaceuticals, drug interactions and herbal supplements. Includes images of drugs and information for patients.
  • Drugs Information Portal - NLM
    This is the drug information resource from the National Library of Medicine; offers links to information for consumers, along with references to toxicological and scientific journals, manufacturer's drug labels, chemical structures, and synonyms of a drug name.
  • - Drug Information Online
    Comprehensive drug information database provided by Micromedex. Provides information about prescription and non-prescription drugs, including a drug interaction checker, a pill identifier, an image search, as well as the latest news about medications.
  • RxMed
    A peer-reviewed resource for family physicians. Includes medication prescribing information, and patient handouts with facts on over four hundred illnesses.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
    Information from the FDA including drug approvals, consumer drug information sheets, over-the-counter drugs, and drug news.

Trusted Health Websites

  • Health Hotlines--Toll-Free Numbers from the Naional Library of Medicine
    The National Library of Medicine offers this online database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services; also services and publications available in Spanish.
  • MedlinePlus
    "MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 700 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health, plus surgery videos.
  • National Institutes of Health: Health Information
    This site is the main access point to consumer health information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Users can choose a specific health topic, browse categories, or search all topics to obtain information about specific diseases.
    This website from the Department of Health and Human Services, offers an encyclopedia of more than 1,600 health topics. Also allows you to Find a doctor, health center or organization, and to sign up for health news e-mails. Information also in Español.
  • HealthyNJ--Health in New Jersey
    Offers a collection of health-related Web sites specifically for New Jersey. It includes state and county level health resources as well as NJ health insurance topics. There are also links to hospitals and other health care facilities in all NJ counties.
  • Mayo Clinic
    The Mayo Clinic provides a wealth of easy-to-understand health and medical information. In addition to diseases and conditions, the site offers healthy living guides and helpful resources such as Health Tools, Treatment Decision Guides, blogs and pod casts, and Ask a Specialist feature.
  • Women’s
    The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) offers award-winning comprehensive websites that provide reliable and accurate information on the health of women. They cover more than 800 topics, on issues ranging from adolescent health to reproductive health to healthy aging. OWH also offers free assistance by phone though its information referral center, 1- 800-994-9662, with trained information specialists available to answer questions in either English or Spanish.

Hotlines and Helplines

This is juat a selection of some important helplines and hotlines. For more NJ Helplines, go to NJHelps,


Books & Audiobooks Not to Miss

Cover Art
A short guide to a long life - David B. Agus
Divided into three sections (What to Do, What to Avoid, and Doctor's Orders) that provide the definitive answers to many common and not-so-common questions: Who should take a baby aspirin daily? Are flu shots safe? What constitutes 'healthy' foods? Why is it important to protect your senses? Are airport scanners hazardous? Dr. Agus will help you develop new patterns of personal health care using inexpensive and widely accessible tools that are based on the latest and most reliable science.

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Go wild : free your body and mind from the afflictions of civilization - John J. Ratey
In GO WILD, Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies have not kept pace. This mismatch affects every area of our lives, from our general physical health to our emotional wellbeing. By focusing on the ways of the past, it is possible to obtain a healthier and happier future, and GO WILD will show you how.

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Success through stillness; meditation made simple - Russell Simmons
Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and New York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons shares the most fundamental key to success-meditation-and guides readers to use stillness as a powerful tool to access their potential. In Success Through Stillness, Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with other successful leaders in various industries, and how learning to be still has been instrumental in his own career. Simmons attributes his meditation practice with changing his life for the better and says that there is no "bad" way to meditate, only different forms for different people. In this highly anticipated new book, Russell Simmons guides readers into finding greater clarity and focus, and explains how to be healthier in both mind and body. Simmons breaks down what he's learned from masters of meditation into a guide that is accessible to those unfamiliar with the practice".

Vital Records in NJ


Flu Shots Atlantic County

Atlantic City Dept. of Health & Human Services Public Health Division
FREE Vaccinations  For more information, please call 347-6876 OR 347-6442
 In addition to seasonal flu shots, the Division of Public Health provides the following vaccinations for adults 50 years and older at no charge for residents without insurance and those whose insurance does not cover these vaccines. Please call  645-5933 to schedule an appointment in Northfield or Hammonton.

Pneumococcal:  Everyone 65 or older needs to get this one-time vaccination, as well as those younger than 65 who smoke or have chronic health conditions such as asthma, lung and heart disease, diabetes, or a weakened immune system. This vaccination is also covered under Medicare Part B.  

Zoster (shingles): Recommended for everyone 60 and older, shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that affects more than 1 million Americans each year.

Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis): A one-time dose of the Tdap vaccine, which covers tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough), is recommended to all adults. If you have had a Tdap shot, you should return to getting a tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster shot every 10 years.

MMR (measles, mumps and rubella): Anyone born in 1957 or later who is unsure about their immunization history should receive the MMR shot. A blood test can tell whether someone has had any of these diseases or has received the vaccine, but a test is expensive. If you're unsure about your immunity, getting a booster shot is more cost-effective and isn't harmful, even if you're immune.

Hepatitis A: This is a two-dose series of shots recommended to adults 50 and older who have chronic liver disease, a clotting-factor disorder, have same-sex male partners, illicit injectable drug use, or who travel to areas with a high incidence of hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B: This three-dose series is recommended to adults 50 and older who are on dialysis, have renal disease or liver disease, are sexually active with more than one partner, or have a sexually transmitted disease or HIV.

Meningitis: Adults 55 and younger who have never been vaccinated, have had their spleen removed, have certain blood deficiencies or plan to travel to parts of the world where meningitis is common should receive the meningococcal conjugate vaccine.

Varicella (Chickenpox): Adults who have not had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine are just as likely to develop chickenpox as children. Chickenpox complications are more likely to occur in adults than in children. Although adults account for only 5 percent of chickenpox cases per year, they account for a disproportionate number of deaths (55 percent) and hospitalizations compared to children. 

Health Classes and Support Groups

Classes (including CPR & First Aid), support groups, and screenings for healthy living are offered here.

  • AtlantiCare
    Listing of all classes and support groups; most are free. Registration is encouraged for more information call 1-888-569-1000 (Mon-Fri 8:30AM-5:00PM) or register online.
  • Shore Memorial Hospital
    Search for a variety of wellness classes at a reasonable cost. Some free health screenings and support groups are also offered.

Finding Free or Low Cost Insurance in NJ

  • Atlantic County Prescription Discount Card
    The Atlantic County Prescription Discount Card is available to everyone who lives in Atlantic County; there are No income requirements; No age requirements, and there is Unlimited use for the whole family. The card can either be printed out online, or picked up from any Atlantic County Library system branch.
  • Charity Care - NJ Hospital Care Payment Assistance Program
    Hospital care payment help is available to NJ residents who: have no health coverage or have coverage that pays for only part of the bill, are ineligible for Medicaid, and meet both the income and assets eligibility criteria. See the this LSNJ handbook for more information,
  • Find a Federally Funded Health Center
    Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers provide the following services: Checkups when you're well; Treatment when you're sick; Complete care when you're pregnant; Checkups and immunizations for children; Dental care and prescription drugs for your family; Mental health and substance abuse care. Search by state and county to locate a health center near you.
  • Medicare and You 2014 Handbook
    Official U.S. government Medicare handbook with key information about Medicare, including What's new, Costs, What's covered by Medicare, Health and prescription drug plans and how to get Extra Help paying Medicare prescription drug costs.
    Medicare makes it easy for you to get information. You can find answers to general questions about eligibility, coverage, compare health and drug plans, and on Medigap policies on this Web site. You can also apply online for Medicare at this site.
  • HealthFirst NJ
    Healthfirst NJ offers Free or low-cost health coverage to eligible children, parents/guardians, and seniors. When you join Healthfirst NJ, you can see doctors and specialists who speak your language and are close to where you live. For help signing up for Healthfirst Medicare, please call 1-877-237-1303, M-F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; For help signing up for NJ FamilyCare, Contact the NJ State Health Benefits Coordinator toll-free at 1-800-701-0710.
  • NJ Medicaid
    To be eligible for New Jersey Medicaid, a person must meet these requirements: resident of New Jersey, U.S. Citizen or qualified alien, and meet income standards. In addition, an individual must fall into one of the following categories: families with children up to age 18, people who are aged, blind or permanently disabled, pregnant women, or children.
  • U.S. Health Care Law & You
    The Affordable Care Act implements strong consumer protections, provides new coverage options and gives you the tools you need to make informed choices about your health. Contains full text of the Affordable Care Act; Key features of the law; The Health Care Law and a Timeline-what's changing and when.


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