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Virtua Camden Community Day provides tons of family fun

The warm days of summer were bid farewell with the Third Annual Virtua Camden Community Day, which featured free family activities, pony rides, and a visit by members of the Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team. There were also free health screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure and bone density. A highlight of the day was the recognition of Monique Payton, Director of Youth Services at WELCOME NJ (Workforce Education and Life Career Opportunities Mentoring you to Excel) with Virtua Camden's Community Service Award. A member of the WELCOME NJ staff since 2004, Payton is an advocate for educational, recreational and cultural activities for youth. "Virtua Camden had first hand experience with Monique and her youth team as they provided weekly support with set up and break down for our community Farmer's Market on campus," said Robert Hockel, Virtua Camden's Vice President of Operations. "What was remarkable to us was the spirit the team displayed each week as they provided support." The goal of Virtua Camden Community Day is to help improve the health of city residents through screenings and health education. A host of agencies were on hand to provide residents with information about community resources and services.
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.