Congressman John Adler visits Virtua
Virtua Memorial was honored to host a visit by U.S. Congressman John Adler, representative for New Jersey's Third Congressional District, on April 9. Addressing an audience of about 100 employees, Adler expressed his support to seek $2 million in federal funding to open one of the nation's first health resource centers specializing in the care of women veterans at Virtua Memorial Hospital Burlington County. This initiative is of special interest to the Congressman as he sits on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and his district includes the newly formed Joint Base that encompasses McGuire, Fort Dix and Lakehurst.
A longtime proponent of health care issues, Representative Adler expressed his optimism that Congress and President Obama will enact "serious and substantial" health care reform this year. "Never before have we seen a consensus about the need for health care reform, and we providers and consumers are all talking together," he said.
Taking questions from Virtua employees, Congressman Adler also discussed his work to ban smoking in public facilities, efforts to reduce obesity, challenges of long-term care and the need to emphasize quality and prevention in healthcare.
Congressman Adler's district includes portions of Burlington and Ocean counties, plus Cherry Hill in Camden County. The district is home to Virtua's Burlington County facilities.
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