American Heart Association honors Virtua's president
Virtua President and COO, Ninfa M. Saunders, MSN, MBA, PhD, was named a New Jersey Go Red for Women “Woman of Distinction” by the American Heart Association. Dr. Saunders was selected because of her exceptional contributions to improving the health of the community, supporting and advancing women’s issues, serving as a role model to women, and promoting healthy lifestyles for women.
As Virtua’s President and COO, Dr. Saunders oversees the operations of Southern New Jersey’s largest healthcare system. Her rigorous attention to safety and quality ensures that the people of South Jersey have access to the highest level of care. She is a frequent speaker in the community on behalf of Go Red for Women and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with others. Dr. Saunders is dedicated to helping employees balance work and family and she has initiated an award-winning employee wellness program.
“Ninfa is an example of success achieved through dedication to hard work, academic excellence and a desire to make a difference in society,” says Richard P. Miller, Virtua CEO. “She leads by example and is an inspiration to those who have the opportunity to work alongside her in her many endeavors.”
The “Woman of Distinction” award will be presented on May 16 at the American Heart Association Garden State Go Red for Women Luncheon in Somerset, NJ. Dr. Saunders is the recipient in the category of business, industry and health 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 almost 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