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Senator Menendez discusses Mother’s Act at Virtua Voorhees

Senator Menendez discusses Mother’s Act at Virtua Voorhees

Pictured, left to right: Betsy Ryan, New Jersey Hospital Association President and CEO; Sen. Robert Menendez; Stephanie Fendrick, Assistant Vice President, Virtua Women’s and Children’s Programs of Excellence; and Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO.

Virtua Voorhees recently hosted U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez to discuss The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHER’S Act, legislation he sponsored and successfully included in health insurance reform passed by Congress.

The legislation establishes a comprehensive federal commitment to combat postpartum depression through new research, education initiatives and voluntarily support service programs.

“Millions of mothers nationwide who are suffering from postpartum depression are among the winners as a result of the new health insurance reform law,” Sen. Menendez said. “We will attack postpartum depression on multiple fronts – with education, support and research – so that new moms can feel supported and safe rather than scared and alone.”

Virtua is a regional leader in assuring that all pregnant and postpartum women and their families are aware of the issues surrounding postpartum depression and fully supports the Mother’s Act. Virtua delivers more than 7,600 babies a year, more than any other health care system in the region and has programs in place to combat PPD.

“Our Postpartum Depression Program is such a success that the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services selected it as a best practices model,” said Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO. “Working with the New Jersey Hospital Association, we offered the program to staff at all the hospitals in the state to help them educate moms and families, promote screenings, and deliver the services needed to eradicate the effects of postpartum depression.”

Recognizing the number of annual births and the incidence of postpartum depression, Virtua could potentially identify 1,500 women each year who suffer with postpartum depression. When not identified and treated early, postpartum depression can have a severe impact on the mother-child relationship.

Virtua’s TLC for Moms – Talking, Listening and Caring for postpartum support was initiated in July 2002. The program components include screening, prenatal education, postnatal depression screening, treatment and discharge education, and out-patient follow-up and support groups.
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 or