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News Room: Press Releases

Virtua Health expands cancer screening and education efforts

Virtua Health has been awarded state and private funding to support cancer screenings and educational programs, with a special focus on minorities and people with no or insufficient health insurance.

The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program named Fox Chase Virtua Health Cancer Program its "lead agency" in Camden and Burlington counties to provide comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers. Virtua is the first agency in New Jersey to receive this type of regional grant. The program, administered by the state Department of Health and Senior Services, awarded Virtua $450,000 to carry out the initiatives.

Also, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation awarded a $32,622 grant to the Fox Chase Virtua Health Cancer Program to support the organization's work in breast cancer awareness, early detection and treatment.

"The two grants truly complement each other," said Joan Lombardi, RN, Virtua's community outreach coordinator. "Both are linked to education and reaching people who often don't have access to cancer screenings. And as we know, early detection is the best way to save lives."

The NJCEED grant funds initial screenings, as well as diagnostic services and biopsies, if needed. Patients included in the program must meet certain income requirements. Much of the outreach is geared towards the community's minority populations, and includes translators and transportation to appointments.

The Fox Chase Virtua Cancer Program is the largest provider of cancer care in the tri-county region, offering comprehensive treatment for all types of cancer, the latest technology, and more than 100 national and regional clinical research studies. It also offers genetic risk assessment, testing and counseling for participants who may have a family history of cancer, as well as counseling services by licensed clinical oncology social workers and support groups.
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.