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Virtua once again honored as a #1 Best Place to Work

Virtua, South Jersey’s largest healthcare provider, has once again been honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley. Virtua has received this honor for five consecutive years and has been entered into the Hall of Fame for the last three years.

Virtua, as evaluated by its employees, ranked above hundreds of other companies, securing its place on the prestigious list based on the strengths of its benefits and programs. The award highlights Virtua’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of working conditions and company culture.

“Our first priority,” says Ninfa Saunders, Virtua President and COO, “has always been to create an environment where our employees can thrive and be motivated to deliver an outstanding patient experience. We value and appreciate our employees and we understand that it is their compassion and dedication to quality that makes us a world-class organization.”

This latest recognition continues to affirm the organization’s commitment to its employees. In late 2009, HR Solutions ranked Virtua number one nationally in employee engagement, employee focus on patient care and overall job satisfaction compared to other large US healthcare systems. HR Solutions, an American Hospital Association endorsed partner, is a company that helps organizations assess and improve work environments. Virtua also won top honors in the spring of 2010 from the Philadelphia Business Journal and from NJ Biz for its focus on employee wellness programs.

“Ten years ago we changed our organizational culture, basing it on the principles of the Star Initiative which indicate that an Outstanding Patient Experience can only be delivered with the highest clinical quality and safety, customer service, caring culture, resource stewardship and best people,” says Richard P. Miller, Virtua CEO. “One of the most important components is our dedication to Best People to ensure that we hire, develop and retain the best people to bring the principle to life.”

Hall of Fame winners are companies that have placed at the top of their size category in two or more years, according to the Business Journal. To find the region’s top employers, the Philadelphia Business Journal asked readers to nominate their own companies. Employees then rated employers based on trust, job satisfaction, benefits, communication and engagement.

Miller, Saunders and Jim Dwyer, DO, Virtua Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, often meet with employees and conduct monthly sessions with a 30-person employee advisory group. In addition to regularly recognizing its employees, Virtua provides a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package which includes health, dental and vision coverage and a 401k retirement program with matching funds. Virtua also offers educational opportunities for professional growth, including tuition assistance, and wellness programs, a tobacco-free environment and child care.

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.