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Long-time Virtua board member honored by NJHA

Virtua board member Joseph B. Howe has been honored by the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) with the Healthcare System Trustee of the Year Award. Mr. Howe, of Indian Mills, has served as chairman of the West Jersey Health System board (a Virtua predecessor), chairman of the Virtua Hospital Board and is now a member of the Virtua Board of Trustees. He has served as chairman or member of 14 board committees and currently chairs the Facilities Committee.

“Joe has been a guiding light throughout Virtua’s growth,” said Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO. “He played a key role in the decision to build a replacement hospital in Voorhees, which will be the most advanced of its kind when it opens in 2011. His vision also included ambulatory centers – like the recently opened Health and Wellness Center in Washington Township – that improve access and ensures Virtua’s continued viability.”

Mr. Howe worked for 40 years at RCA. Prior to his retirement in 1998, he joined the West Jersey Health System board where he served on various committees and gained a wealth of experience in healthcare related leadership.

“Joe is an exceptional trustee,” said William Bowman, past chairman of Virtua’s Board of Trustees. “He leads with integrity and honesty, and that combination has served Virtua very well during his many years of service.”

The New Jersey Hospital Association, based in Princeton, is the statewide advocate for its 108 member hospitals and the patients they serve. Mr. Howe was honored by the association during its 91st Annual Meeting.

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.