Quality New Jersey Silver Governor's Award: Virtua was awarded the distinguished 2006 Silver New Jersey Governor's Award for Performance Excellence. Having won the Bronze New Jersey Governor's Award in 2005, Virtua is one of only a few organizations to receive this award two years in a row.
Consumer Choice Award: Virtua received the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation in its annual survey of consumers performed for 2012/2013, 2010/2011, 2009/2010 and 2007/2008.
#1 Best Place to Work: Every year since 2007, Virtua has been named #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley by the Philadelphia Business Journal in the 1,000 employee plus category. In 2014, Virtua was elected to the Philadelphia Business Journal's Best Place to Work Hall of Fame for the seventh consecutive year.
In 2012 and 2011, South Jersey Biz named Virtua among its "Best Places to Work."
Patient Safety: In 2014, Virtua was recognized as one of the top-100 healthcare organizations in the nation for medical excellence and patient safety by CareChex, a division of Comparion Medical Analytics.
InformationWeek 500 list: Virtua was named to InformationWeek's 500 list of technology innovators in 2013. InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of the best‐known organizations in the country.
#1 in Employee Engagement: In 2011, Virtua took top honors for employee engagement in a survey conducted by HR Solutions, an independent human resources consulting firm. Virtua ranked number one nationally in employee engagement compared with more than 500 U.S. healthcare organizations. In 2009 and 2010, Virtua took top honors in employee satisfaction.
Employee Wellness/Cancer Prevention: Virtua's employee wellness program received CEO Cancer Gold Standard re-accreditation from the CEO Roundtable in 2011. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, an organization must establish programs to reduce cancer risk through discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity and teaching diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care and clinical trials.
Perinatal Care: Virtua was designated a Regional Perinatal Center by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. This designation means Virtua provides a full range of maternity services and testing for low- and high-risk pregnant women and advanced care for high-risk newborns.
Maternal Fetal Medicine: In 2014, Virtua's Maternal Fetal Medicine program was awarded a two-year accredidation in the area of "obstetric ultrasound" from the Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council. The award is presented to practices which meet rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession.
Cancer Care: Virtua's Oncology Program is fully accredited with commendation designation by the Commission on Cancer, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). Virtua's program received a 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for the fourth consecutive year. Virtua is one of 74 nationally accredited cancer programs to win this award, which serves to raise the bar on quality cancer care and increase awareness about quality choices among cancer patients and their loved ones. Virtua is also a Fox Chase Cancer Center partner.
Stroke Care: All four Virtua hospitals are designated Primary Stroke Centers by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. In 2014, Virtua's hospitals in Berlin, Marlton and Voorhees received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart/Association Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. Virtua Memorial received the "Get with the Guidelines" Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The Get With The Guidelines award recognizes hospitals that have a dedicated stroke unit, as well as a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted through the emergency department.
Spine Surgery: In 2013, Virtua Memorial Hospital was designated an Aetna Institute of Quality (IOQ) for its spine surgery program. Designated IOQ facilities demonstrate excellence in care, a commitment to continuous improvement and represent an exceptional value to its members. The goal of Aetna’s IOQ is to assist members in choosing facilities that provide consistently high-quality and high-value care.
Diabetes Care: Virtua's Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Services received the Education Recognition Certificate for a quality Diabetes Self-Management education program from the American Diabetes Association. The ADA acknowledges that Virtua's program offers high-quality diabetes self-management education which is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from the ADA and is awarded for three years.
Chest Pain: Virtua Marlton has received accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The center is a specialized program within Virtua Marlton's emergency room, offering rapid diagnosis and fast-track treatment of chest pain within minutes of a patient's arrival at the hospital.
Urgent Care: Virtua Express Urgent Care, located in Moorestown and Washington Township, has received the Certified Urgent Care designation which distinguishes it for excellence in urgent care services. Virtua Express treats a large scope of medical conditions and has met all of the Urgent Care Association of America’s established criteria. With its certification, Virtua Express Urgent Care and the Urgent Care Association of America demonstrate their commitment toward providing patients with access to appropriate levels of care.
Home Care: In 2010, Virtua Home Care was ranked as one of the top 100 home-health agencies nationwide for achieving a balance in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance. Home Health Line, the industry's leading news publication, and Outcome Concept Systems compared Virtua's program to more than 7,400 agencies within the country.
Nutrition Care: Virtua's nutrition program was selected in 2010 as the Global Center of Excellence for Nutrition Support by Abbott Pharmaceuticals. Virtua was selected because of its commitment to and pursuit of excellence in patient care, especially as it relates to nutrition.
Bariatric Surgery: Virtua Memorial was named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs that have a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes, a commitment of resources, and clinical expertise to care for the bariatric weight-loss surgical patient.
Start! Fit-Friendly Company: In 2012, Virtua's unique Wellness Program was honored for the fifth-straight year by the American Heart Association for its innovative and successful approach to employees' health and wellness. The program received the Fit-Friendly Platinum award. Virtua is one of only 14 organizations in the Northeast United States to obtain the platinum-level Fit-Friendly Company award, the highest level of achievement the AHA offers for worksite wellness campaigns that help employees eat better and increase exercise.
Employee Wellness: Virtua was honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal for its focus on employee wellness programs, receiving a 2013 Healthiest Workplace Award.
Business Leadership Award: Virtua was honored in 2012 by JEVS Human Services, one of the largest social service agencies in the region, for routinely hiring job candidates with disabilities and other challenges as well as training and preparing all its employees for productive careers.
VHA Leadership Award for Outstanding Achievement: Virtua was honored by Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA) in 2007 with six Leadership Awards for clinical excellence in heart failure outcomes and surgical infection prevention.
Breast Program: Virtua's Breast Program has been accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. To earn this accreditation, a breast program must demonstrate a firm commitment to offering its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
Sleep Medicine: Virtua’s Centers for Sleep Medicine in Cherry Hill, Marlton, Voorhees and Westampton have received accreditation in sleep medicine as the result of a survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the national accrediting body for sleep centers.
Technology: Virtua’s excellence in technology earned official recognition as one of the 2014 Most Wired hospitals, a status achieved by only 375 of the nearly 6,000 registered hospitals in the country. The Most Wired designation is a key measurement that highlights the success of an Information Technology program. Through innovation and collaboration, Virtua has steadily built advanced technology and processes leading to comprehensive IT solutions based around quality, safety, and efficiency for Virtua patients and employees.
Fitness Center: Virtua Center for HealthFitness - Washington Township was named "Best Gym" in Philadelphia Magazine's 2011 Best of Philly publication. The Center for HealthFitness provides a wide range of fitness options to satisfy total fitness and health and wellness needs.
Sports Medicine: The Philadelphia Soul selected Virtua's Concussion Awareness Program to receive a 2014 “Soulie Award” in the category of “Best Community Outreach Program.” The concussion program educates youth football coaches, parents and athletes on how to prevent, recognize and care for concussion injuries as well as provide tools to help keep athletes safe.
Joint Commission Accreditation
The Joint Commission has accredited all Virtua hospital services as well as Virtua’s home care agencies, long-term care organizations and laboratories.
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The Joint Commission develops its standards in consultation with health care experts, providers and researchers, as well as measurement experts, purchasers and consumers. To earn and maintain accreditation, a hospital must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team.
The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations.
All of Virtua's clinical services including hospitals, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory sites and outpatient services are licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.