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News Room: Press Releases

Virtua goodwill felt in Florida and Guatemala

Every day Virtua employees touch the lives of South Jersey's families, but Virtua's reach does not stop at the state line. Our employees are making a difference in the lives of families in other states and around the world.

Children's resort staffed by Virtua
Virtua Voorhees employees from pediatrics, PICU, CARES, and nursing administration traveled to Kissimmee, Florida to volunteer at Give Kids the World Village, a resort for children with life-threatening illnesses. The employees took personal time off and paid their own way to help staff the resort, which relies on volunteers to give children and their families a free, week-long Florida vacation.

Virtua volunteers helped run the village's daily activities by working at the spa and ice-cream parlor, operating the train and carousel, and assisting with meals.

Beth VanBuskirk, child life specialist and trip coordinator, shares: "The families were so thankful to our Virtua team for helping make their children's wishes come true. This was a magical experience that has changed all our lives; we can't wait to go back."


150 surgeries performed
A team of Virtua employees traveled to Guatemala to volunteer with Children of the Americas, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to healing poverty-stricken children and their families throughout the world.

The Virtua team, along with other medical professionals from all over the country, donated their medical and surgical services including: gynecologic, general, plastic, and orthopaedic surgery, and dentistry. With the help of Virtua Foundation, who assisted in purchasing equipment necessary for proper treatment, the group as a whole examined over 1,300 patients; performed over 150 surgeries, and performed in excess of 300 ultrasounds.

The Virtua team consists of: Warren Brandwine, DO; Buzz Cortese, MD; Christine Pease, Carol Muller, Jane Hughes, and Peg Ward, nurses from Voorhees labor and delivery; Kathy Graziano and Teri Horvath, nurses from Voorhees PICU; Joy Lynn Davis from the Marlton PACU; Cheryl Lloyd, nurse anesthetist; and Davida Grossman MD, anesthesiologist.


School supplies donated
Recently, staff from the medical and surgical women's health unit on the fourth floor at Virtua Voorhees donated 100 book bags with school supplies to the Asociacion de Agricultores de Monjas. Lead by its president Ronaldo Mejia, the association assists impoverished families living in Guatemala.

Awilda Mejia, MST, an employee in the women's health unit, organized this donation to help support her hometown village in Guatemala. Mejia and her co-workers donated these supplies after learning that the school system and the families living in this village were having difficulty providing the necessary materials to the village kids.

Mejia says: "It is our hope that these supplies will not only provide the children with the tangible assets they need to further their education but also give them the confidence and motivation that is equally important in a child's life."

While this is the first year the women's health unit has donated school supplies to children in Guatemala, it won't be the last. In previous years they've donated to women's shelters, food banks, and nursing home patients.

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.