Everyone is a winner at annual Virtua CASTLE Art Show
Positive reinforcement plays an important role in a child's growth and development, and that's exactly what happened at the annual Virtua CASTLE Art Show on the Camden campus.
The 6th annual show was even more exciting this year as Virtua CASTLE (Children Achieving Success through Therapeutic Life Experiences) celebrated its 10-year anniversary with festivities that also included an open house. It was an exciting day filled with creative artwork and projects showcasing the positive results of building self-esteem.
Virtua CASTLE helps children ages 5 through 15 overcome severe emotional, behavioral or psychiatric issues and encourages them to reach their full potential through normal daily activities. This is also National Children's Mental Health Week, another reason to celebrate Virtua CASTLE's success.
The art show included drawings, paintings, crafts and 3-D art, which were judged in categories that included most colorful, best theme and most imaginative. Everyone walked away a winner.
Virtua CASTLE has grown tremendously over the past decade. When it opened in 1999 as a partial day program, the average daily census was 12 youngsters. Since then, the program has expanded its services to include intensive and general outpatient programs. In 2008, Virtua CASTLE counseled nearly 14,700 children in partial day and intensive outpatient programs, along with 5,500 in the general outpatient 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, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, nine 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 8,700 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