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Virtua supports US troops and their families

Brenda and Brian Elliott and their children (from left to right) Sean, Myra, Raina, and Cora sit down for a photo following their holiday meal courtesy of Virtua.

At Virtua, physicians, nurses and staff care for patients every day. But the caring culture doesn't stop there. Employees take care of each other too. Just ask Brenda Elliott and Danielle Bourquin, two Virtua employees whose spouses are overseas serving in the US military.

Virtua Home Care's manger of staff development and education Brenda Elliott's husband Brian left for Afghanistan in November of 2009. During the 12 months that Brian was gone, Brenda was overwhelmed by the support of her fellow co-workers.

"They went above and beyond to help me and my kids when my husband was overseas," says Brenda.

Linda Gross, team manger intake/homecare coordinators, took the lead on collecting gifts for Brenda's children for Valentine's Day and Easter. Scott Kasper, corporate director of EMS, took family pictures and created a slide show for Brian on Father's Day.

And on Independence Day, Brenda's daughter's pre-kindergarten class at Virtua's Child Development Center made Brian a large flag for his office. "Not only did that brighten my husband's day, but it also made my daughter Myra feel special," says Brenda.

Without her husband here to help, Brenda was very busy taking care of her kids, working full time and going to school. "My mangers continually offered support and found small ways to brighten the day," recalls Brenda. After her husband returned home, Brenda wrote a letter to CEO Rich Miller commending her co-workers. And he responded with more kindness.

Miller arranged for a holiday dinner to be delivered by Virtua's food services to the Elliott household. "We had a wonderful family dinner. I experienced kindness in ways I never knew."

And Brenda isn't alone. A transcriptionist in Virtua's health information management department Danielle Bourquin is the wife of Jeremy Bourqin who is currently serving his country in Bahrain. And with an infant to care for, Danielle has her hands full.

"My co-workers helped me by donating much-needed items," says Danielle. "They even offered to come over and help me with household chores."

Danielle can't say enough about the way her co-workers: "Everyone here has been very supportive," comments Danielle.

More ways Virtua cares
Virtua supports its military personnel in many ways. Brenda's and Danielle's stories are just two examples among many. Here are other ways Virtua shows its support:

  • Virtua Home Care created gift baskets which were sold in a silent auction. The money raised went to provide Thanksgiving dinner to numerous soldiers, legion members and military families at the American Legion Post in Browns Mills.

  • Virtua Home Care Helping Hands Committee collected toiletries, snacks, batteries and other items for female troops Afghanistan.

  • Virtua Memorial conducted a "Cup of Joe" campaign that provided free coffee to servicemen in Iraq.

  • Voorhees ICU collected toiletries, batteries, flashlights, snacks and clothing items and sent them to the US troops.

  • Virtua's labor and delivery unit worked with the IT department to send a live video stream of a baby's delivery to the father who was serving overseas.

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