Virtua commends Gov. Corzine's charity care funding plan
Richard P. Miller
, President and CEO of Virtua Health, praised New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard and the administration for placing a high priority on the health care needs of the state's residents in the proposed budget that was unveiled today in Trenton.
In the state fiscal year 2010 spending plan, charity care funding would remain at the same level as this year. The charity care program helps to cover hospital expenses of persons without health insurance and who meet certain income guidelines. The budget must be passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor by July 1.
"This is very good news in an extraordinarily challenging budget year," said Miller. "The administration recognizes that health care is a priority, especially at a time when statewide charity care costs - along with the unemployment rate -- are rising."
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