Community - Virtua

A Good Neighbor

We’re much more than a hospital. Virtua tends to the needs of those in South Jersey in many, many ways – from assessing local health concerns to providing free cancer screenings and support groups and hosting wellness events.

As a non-profit organization, helping the community stay healthy and thrive is the reason we’re here.

Community Benefit

Throughout South Jersey, Virtua strives to improve the community. For example, Virtua employees – from the President/CEO through all levels of management and other associates – donate their time and expertise to a range of community organizations.

In 2013, Virtua spent $89.7 million to benefit the community. Some of the programs and services Virtua provides for free or at a reduced cost include:

  • Charity care
  • Health screenings 
  • Research and education 
  • Support groups 
  • Uncompensated care 
  • Wellness events 

Virtua Community Benefit Reports:

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

Virtua’s mission to help the community be well, get well and stay well directly supports the findings of our Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Through this in-depth report, we identify health concerns and trends in a specific community through extensive research among consumers, community leaders and public health experts. The comprehensive assessment examines a wide variety of factors that affect community health, as well as the services available to address health needs. The CHNA provides insights about the most critical concerns and the results of the CHNA enable health care providers to refine programs and focus resources where they are most needed.

What CHNA Information Means to You

In 2012, Virtua joined a group of hospitals, health systems and health departments in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties, forming the Tri-County Health Assessment Collaborative. The Collaborative included Cooper University Health Care, Inspira Medical Center – Woodbury, Kennedy Health System, Lourdes Health System, Virtua, and the health departments of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties. The CHNA was conducted from September 2012 to June 2013.

The CHNA Final Summary Report compiled the overall findings for Virtua as a health system, and also provided detailed reports for each Virtua hospital. Virtua will use the assessment findings to:

  • Prioritize public health issues
  • Develop a community health implementation plan that effectively responds to community needs
  • Meet Affordable Care Act requirements 

Community Overview
Virtua’s primary service area is Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties in South Jersey. Camden County has a population of approximately 514,000. The City of Camden sits on the edge of Camden County just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The city has significantly higher poverty rates, unemployment rates, and crime rates compared to surrounding areas. Burlington County has a total population of approximately 449,000, and Gloucester County encompasses a total population of approximately 288,000.

Action Plan

View Virtua’s CHNA Action Plan 2014-2016.

CHNA Reports

Access the individual reports for the following locations:

Printed copies are available upon request. 

CHNA Action Plan 2014-2016

The CHNA revealed the communities’ key issues and areas of opportunity. The assessment contributes supporting data and enables Virtua to take an in-depth look at its greater community and to develop evidence based implementation strategies. Significant results from the CNHA are integrated into the process of prioritization of health needs and the development of a health system implementation plan. The assessment shows that access to care is a major community concern in all three counties.

For instance, some residents are less likely to have health care coverage and more likely to report having trouble finding a general doctor and specialist. Higher prevalence rates of specific chronic diseases are also found throughout the Tri County region. This is demonstrated by the Burlington County results documenting a higher percentage of obesity among adults than the New Jersey average and in Gloucester County, the percentage of adults with diabetes is higher than the state averages.

Based on community needs, two areas have been identified as critical community needs and are addressed in this implementation plan: access to health care and chronic conditions.

Visit the Virtua CHNA Action Plan 2014-2016 page to learn more.

Health Education Classes

We offer free classes to share information about disease prevention along with providing assistance to support groups. In addition to offering clinical training for local nurses, paramedics and physicians, Virtua also has classes for the community including pediatric and adult CPR. Check our event calendar or call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).

Community Sponsorship

Virtua budgets a percentage of its resources for community sponsorships of non-profit organizations. We support organizations that align with or advance our vision of building healthy communities. To determine the best use of our resources in the community, we established guidelines which apply to both monetary and in-kind contribution requests.

If you wish to submit a request, please complete and submit our online community sponsorship form.

Request for Community Event Form

Virtua plays a key role in numerous activities to benefit the residents of the communities it serves above and beyond the normal day-to-day healthcare operations.

To inquire about Virtua’s community outreach programs, from speakers to events, please fill out your information on Virtua Request for Community Event form.

Free Screenings Through NJCEED

Virtua provides cancer screenings for residents of Camden and Burlington Counties through the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program (NJCEED). A free cancer screening program, NJCEED is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of New Jersey.

Designed for Burlington and Camden County residents who meet certain age and income requirements, NJCEED may provide the following screenings: clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap smears, pelvic exams, PSA blood tests (for prostate screening), and fecal occult blood testing (for colorectal screening).

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 to 64, uninsured or underinsured, and not able to pay for the screenings you need. To determine eligibility for NJCEED, fill out an annual services form, consent form and a declaration of income and insurance status form. To request these forms and for additional questions, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823) and ask for NJCEED.

Sports Partnerships

Virtua is proud to partner with the following sports organizations to encourage healthier communities: