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Virtua and the American Heart Association join forces for South Jersey Goes Red

More than 42 million women in the United States are living with at least one kind of cardiovascular disease. However, most women do not see heart disease as their greatest health threat. In an effort to increase awareness, Virtua Health and the American Heart Association announced that they are teaming up for South Jersey Goes Red, part of the national Go Red for Women campaign. "More women die of cardiovascular disease than the next five cause of death combined," said Richard P. Miller, president and CEO of Virtua Health. "This partnership gives women throughout the region the chance to prevent heart disease and stroke, and live longer, stronger lives." A highlight of the announcement was the local premiere of a national half-hour television special titled "Go Red for Women Presents - Untold Stories of the Heart." (See attached fact sheet.) "The airing of this NBC television special is the culmination of a nearly year-round strategy for Go Red for Women," said Linda Savino, chair of the American Heart Association Central and Southern New Jersey Board of Directors. "It's something very powerful, very big and very special." Virtua Health is the official sponsor of Southern New Jersey's Go Red for Women campaign. The partnership, as well as the South Jersey Goes Red campaign, is about educating women on the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as providing them with the tools needed to make heart healthy choices. "Women have a lot of roles and a lot of people depend on us," said Adrienne Kirby, Virtua Health vice president and COO. "We are mothers, wives, partners, daughters, employees, managers, friends, committee members, room mothers and scout leaders - the list goes on and on. We often put the needs of others before our own needs, our own health and we sometimes need to be reminded that we have to take care of ourselves."
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. Virtua employs more than 8,400 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 or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.