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Virtua announces partnership with Donovan McNabb

Virtua President and CEO Richard P. Miller and Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Donovan McNabb

Virtua President and CEO Richard P. Miller and Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Donovan McNabb visit the Voorhees Replacement Hospital construction site, set to open in 2011.

A partnership between Virtua and Eagles' all-pro quarterback Donovan McNabb was announced today by Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO. "Donovan McNabb's confidence in Virtua's services resulted in this partnership which will benefit families throughout South Jersey who need maternity and pediatric services," said Miller.

Donovan and Raquel McNabb have delivered their three children at Virtua Voorhees and will use these same services again in the next few months. When the McNabb twins were born, they spent time in the Virtua Voorhees NICU. "Of course we were concerned and worried about the babies," said McNabb, "but we were also relieved that Virtua's Voorhees Hospital has the highest level neonatal intensive care unit. Raquel and I were really fortunate that our babies only had a two-week stay in the NICU, since many of these fragile infants have a much longer stay. We were so grateful for what the doctors and nurses did for us but also for what they do for hundreds of other families who live in South Jersey."

The McNabbs were eager to channel their gratefulness in a positive way that would help other families in their same situation. As a result, they have made a six-figure donation to help with the construction of the new NICU at the Virtua Voorhees replacement hospital, scheduled to open in 2011. In addition, the family is committed to helping raise $2.5 million for additional funding for the project. The completed unit will be named The McNabb Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in honor of their dedication and commitment.

The new NICU will be a part of the recently established John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute. The Institute will connect Virtua's Pediatric Center of Clinical Excellence, of which the NICU is included, to a robust research arm that seeks out evidence-based best practices in pediatric care that advances the health of children in this country and beyond. "We are thrilled to welcome the McNabb family into this exciting project," said Dr. Tedeschi. "Our mission is to optimize the care of children to deliver healthy and productive adults to our nation, for our future. The commitment by the McNabbs will definitely help to strengthen this mission."

Virtua delivers nearly 7,600 babies a year at hospitals in Voorhees and Mt. Holly, more than any other healthcare organization in the region. Babies with special needs at birth are offered the highest level of neonatal intensive care. Most newborns come to the neonatal intensive care unit at Voorhees or the Special Care Nursery (SCN) at Memorial because they are premature or born in multiples. Others have difficulty breathing or have made a difficult transition into the world and need a little extra help.

Dedicated to treating newborns with special needs, these units are staffed by teams of board-certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal nurses who are in the hospitals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The teams work closely with parents in a supportive environment to determine the best treatment for their baby.

The NICU offers the latest technology in ventilators, electronic monitoring and other leading-edge medical therapies. Virtua participates in clinical trials in the NICU, including a bilirubin screening for newborns. Virtua was the first healthcare organization in the country to conduct this trial that produced research results in both the United States and throughout the world. In 2004, Virtua Voorhees was designated a Regional Perinatal Center by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Additionally, in 2005, Virtua Voorhees opened a Ronald McDonald Family Room in the NICU. This room provides families of hospitalized newborns a soothing place to relax, complete with kitchen, sitting area and Internet access.

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.