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Virtua applauds CVS decision to remove tobacco products

The existing collaboration between Virtua and CVS Caremark Minute Clinic has been enhanced by the retailer’s decision to remove tobacco from its shelves by October 1.

"There is no doubt that Virtua made the right decision to collaborate with CVS/Caremark and it is reinforced by today’s decision to discontinue the sale of cigarettes," said Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO. "It is a bold statement for a company to place consumer’s health and wellbeing above profits and that is why we are proud of our partnership. Certainly nothing is more important than smoking cessation in preserving the health of the communities we serve."

Smoking is the leading cause of premature disease and death in the United States with more than 480,000 deaths annually. Virtua is making strides of its own in the effort to eliminate smoking. Since becoming a completely smoke-free environment system-wide in 2007, Virtua’s employee health assessment data shows that only 5% of its 8,400 employees continue to smoke, down from an estimated 17% in 2006. Also since that time, more than 500 employees and their dependents have quit smoking and 1,200 employees and dependents have sought help with the quitting process. Virtua is helping the community as well. They can count on the team at Virtua Express Urgent Care Centers or the Virtua Medical Group for help with smoking cessation.

Minute Clinic - VirtuaVirtua is a clinical affiliate with CVS Minute Clinic since 2013 and they are working together on care coordination and disease management. As part of this partnership Virtua provides physician oversight at five CVS locations in South Jersey to provide more options for quality care without an appointment.

Miller added, “Virtua’s mission is to help you be well, get well and stay well. Our mission is advanced by the CVS decision which will make a difference in reducing chronic illness associated with tobacco use.”
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.