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Panera Bread raises Dough-Nations® for kids at Virtua

Panera Bread representatives presented Virtua Foundation with a check for more than $10,000 on Wednesday to support an upcoming Pediatric Unit at Virtua Memorial. The funds were raised through Panera’s Operation Dough-Nation® Community Breadbox program.

“Treating pediatric patients requires complex equipment that is not only high tech, but also kid friendly.” said Kelly Nierstedt, administrative director of maternal child health at Virtua Memorial. “This generous donation will help Virtua continue to fund its mission of providing our youngest patients with the highest level care in a family-centered environment.”

Virtua will break ground on the new Pediatric Unit this year. It will combine in-patient and emergency pediatric-centered care in one location. The layout and proximity of these services will allow Virtua to efficiently staff the unit with pediatric clinicians and continue to provide high quality, age appropriate care in a family-centered setting. Virtua Memorial is currently the only inpatient pediatric care provider in Burlington County.

Six Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the South Jersey area participated in the Operation Dough-Nation® Community Breadbox, raising these funds that will be used to purchase toys for the playroom in Pediatric Hybrid Unit, as well as equipment for the parent media center. The Community Breadbox program ensures that donations contributed by customers feed back into the local community. All funds collected at the locations have been designated to Virtua Foundation.

“Panera Bread is one of our most dedicated community partners, contributing more than $27,000 to Virtua Foundation over the past three years through their Operation Dough-Nation® program,” said Dr. Albert Ferrari, chairman of the Virtua Foundation Board of Trustees. “This is an exceptional contribution and we are honored by Panera’s continued support.”
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 every year since 2007. 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.