Virtua plans to transform its Berlin campus
Virtua, South Jersey's largest health system, announced today that it plans to submit a Certificate of Need application to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) to transform its Berlin campus into an expanded outpatient and long-term care hub. It will feature a 24/7 emergency service, enhanced long-term care and rehabilitation programs, and diagnostic and other essential services. As part of the plan, it proposes to discontinue inpatient services on its Townsend Avenue campus.
"Regionally and nationally," said Richard P. Miller, president and CEO, "healthcare providers are focusing more on keeping people healthy. As a result, fewer people are requiring acute care hospitalization and more healthcare services are being provided in non-hospital settings.
"We have been preparing for this transformation in healthcare delivery for many years," said Miller. "We opened three Health and Wellness Centers in Washington Township, Voorhees and Moorestown that offer a variety of health and wellness services. We also have a robust outpatient center on our Camden campus providing emergency and primary care along with other services."
Maintaining a 24/7 emergency services department in a non-hospital setting is a model that has been highly successful in outpatient centers in other communities in the state and around the country. The Berlin campus will also continue to provide diagnostic services such as lab and radiology and will enhance the long-term care and rehabilitation services currently provided on the campus. Patients requiring in-patient hospitalization will be able to access services at Virtua's Voorhees hospital in Camden County as well as at the Virtua Marlton and Mount Holly hospitals in Burlington County. Many patients in Berlin and surrounding communities are already routinely receiving care at Virtua's other hospitals.
Miller said that Virtua remains dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of Berlin and surrounding communities. "The need is greatest for an aging population, and we are committed to providing the right services at the right place and time.
"The transition of the Berlin campus is expected to take a year or more," said Miller. "We will continue to provide the highest quality health care and customer service on the Berlin campus during and following this transition. We will help our patients access our network of facilities and services to address their needs in the most responsive way possible."
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
. 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