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Virtua Memorial COO joins prestigious group at local military base

Stephen Kolesk

Virtua Memorial COO Stephen Kolesk, MD, has been invited to participate in the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) Honorary Commander’s Program. This program facilitates communication between the surrounding communities and military personnel by showcasing joint base capabilities, future leaders, and the caliber of men and women serving at JD MDL.

Dr. Kolesk joined this prestigious group at the recent induction ceremony at the Community Center on McGuire. During the event he met his military counterpart who will guide him through the experience of service with the military installation.

Community members selected for the program exhibit a record of service to the community and a tradition of excellence of their profession. Acceptance of the Honorary Commander position provides an opportunity to meet and work with outstanding men and women who are serving our country.

“I am extremely honored to participate in the Honorary Commander’s Program,” said Dr. Kolesk. “I look forward to my increased involvement at the base and to learn as much as I can about its mission and people.”

Dr. Kolesk has already built relationships with leadership and other military personnel at the base for many years. A Virtua team offers monthly continuing education for base physicians and other medical staff.

“Virtua Memorial is the closest full-service hospital to the base providing high level services to the warriors and their families,” said Dr. Kolesk. “We are very proud of our relationship with the Joint Base.”

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 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.