Important Notice to the Community:
Acute care inpatient services at Virtua Berlin will close on January 27, 2015.
Virtua is committed to helping you stay healthy and to meeting your needs for high quality, accessible health care. To best meet community needs, we will be transforming the campus of Virtua Berlin Hospital to enhance our rehabilitation and long-term care services while maintaining our Emergency Department 24/7/365. See FAQ below.
With the approval of the New Jersey Department of Health, Virtua will no longer provide acute inpatient care at Virtua Berlin beginning on January 27, 2015. We will continue to provide acute inpatient care at the following locations:
- Virtua Voorhees Hospital, 100 Bowman Drive, Voorhees, NJ 08043
- Virtua Marlton Hospital, 90 Brick Road, Marlton, NJ 08053
- Virtua Memorial Hospital, 175 Madison Avenue, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Virtua Berlin will be a robust healthcare campus with the following services:
- 24/7 Emergency Department with physicians, nurses and technicians on site
- Diagnostic services such as lab and radiology on site
- Rehabilitation and long-term care services.
Virtua is committed to continuity of care for our patients.
Because Virtua utilizes electronic medical records, all patient records are accessible at Virtua hospitals and outpatient facilities throughout southern New Jersey.
With more than 80 locations, Virtua offers a full range of healthcare services through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, major outpatient center, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 250 physicians, urgent care centers, three acute care hospitals, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services.
For more information about the transition of Virtua Berlin, please call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (847-8823) or e-mail your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions about Virtua Berlin
Why is inpatient care at Berlin closing?
Virtua’s management carefully considered this decision over an extended period of time. For the past several years, patients have increasingly been selecting hospital care at our Voorhees and Marlton facilities, and since we announced our plans for Virtua Berlin earlier this year, patient census at that hospital has continued to decline. It is no longer sustainable to maintain inpatient services with an average of 25 inpatients or less there.
Because of an increased focus on wellness and prevention, fewer people are requiring acute care hospitalization as more healthcare services are being provided in non- hospital settings. Closing the acute care inpatient service at our Berlin Hospital will allow us to enhance other healthcare services at that campus to better meet the evolving needs of the community.
How do you plan to provide healthcare services for the residents in the area?
Virtua Berlin will remain a vibrant campus with an Emergency Department open 24 hours a day every day of the year, on-site imaging and lab services, and enhanced long- term care and rehabilitation services.
What if a patient in the emergency room needs to be admitted to the hospital?
Patients requiring hospitalization will be transferred to Virtua Voorhees, Virtua Marlton or another local area hospital depending upon their specific needs and their choice. Patients transferred to a hospital from the Emergency Department will be transferred free of charge.
Is the Health and Rehab Center on the campus affected?
No, it is not affected. In fact, it is our plan to enhance our long-term care and rehabilitation services.
What is the distance from your Berlin campus to your nearest hospital?
Our nearest hospital is Virtua Voorhees, a 12-minute drive from the Berlin Hospital. Virtua Marlton is just a few minutes drive further along Route 73.
What will happen to patients’ medical records?
All of our medical records are electronic and are accessible at any Virtua location. In addition, Virtua Berlin physicians also provide care at Virtua Marlton and Virtua Voorhees, ensuring continuity of patient care.
When will this transition in Berlin take place?
The Department of Health approved Virtua’s application to close inpatient care at Virtua Berlin. That closure will be effective as of January 27, 2015.
Who can I contact with a question?
For more information on Virtua’s services, please call the Virtua Access center at 1-888-VIRTUA-3 or e-mail your questions to VirtuaInfo@virtua.org