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Virtua receives business award from JEVS Human Services

JEVS Human Services, one of the largest social service agencies in the region offering skills training and career enhancement opportunities, honored Virtua at their 14th Annual Strictly Business Awards. The awards were developed to recognize the contributions of some of Greater Philadelphia’s best people and companies working toward the enhancement of the region’s workforce. Virtua was nominated by JEVS hireAbility.

Routinely hiring job candidates with disabilities and other challenges, Virtua trains and prepares not only those that they hire, but many others, for productive careers.

“We are proud to acknowledge Virtua for their dedication to the career development of others,” said Jay Spector, President and CEO of JEVS Human Services. “They have been a wonderful employment partner to work with.”

The awards were presented on October 25, 2012, at the “Strictly Business” luncheon at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. CBS 3 Eyewitness News Anchor Erika von Tiehl served as master of ceremonies. Proceeds from the event fund scholarships to JEVS’ vocational assessment, job readiness, skills training and career management services for individuals in need.

“We are honored to receive this award and acknowledgement for our work with JEVS Human Services,” said Michael Pepe, PhD, Virtua Chief Human Resources Officer. “Every individual deserves an opportunity to establish a good life and achieve goals for the future. We are pleased to be able to support those goals through our work with JEVS.”

Virtua was honored with a Business Leadership Award because of its willingness to partner with JEVS hireAbility in hiring practices. With more than 8,400 clinical and administrative personnel and 1,800 physicians, the Virtua network is comprised of four hospitals in southern New Jersey and was voted “Best Place to Work” by The Philadelphia Business Journal for seven consecutive years.

Reaching out to hireAbility directly, Virtua has asked for job applicants from JEVS and staffed the program’s “job clubs” – providing resume assistance and mock interviews. Virtua also speaks about the benefits of hiring those with disabilities and resources for accommodating those with disabilities at JEVS quarterly employment committee meetings.

About JEVS Human Services

JEVS Human Services enhances the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs. Consistent with our core principles and entrepreneurial spirit, JEVS Human Services creates innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future community needs.

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, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, nine 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. Virtua employs more than 8,700 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit or