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News Room: Press Releases

Virtua dedicates rose for Tournament of Roses Parade

New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade is an American tradition known for its flower-covered floats and marching bands. For the past ten years, the Rose Parade has celebrated the people and families who have been touched by organ and tissue donation through a Donate Life float that has become part of the Parade.

This year’s float will feature a festival of lanterns representing how those who donate life “Light up the World”. In celebration of hospitals across the country that make the lifesaving and healing benefits of organ, eye and tissue donation possible, hospital CEOs have been asked to write and sign special handwritten dedications that will be placed on the float’s Dedication Garden.

“Virtua is proud to be a part of the Donate Life float at this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade,” said President & CEO Richard P. Miller. “Many Virtua patients have saved and healed lives through the gift of organ donation. We remain committed to all who are affected by organ and tissue donation through our collaborative working relationship with the Gift of Life Donor Program.”
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.