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Virtua Memorial honored for service to Fort Dix

Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly has a unique relationship with Fort Dix, the military installation charged with training soldiers for duties at home and abroad. Virtua is the major provider of outpatient and emergency room services to soldiers, personnel and their families at the sprawling base. Col. Ronald R. Thaxton, installation and US Army garrison commander at Fort Dix, recently presented an "Ultimate Weapon" award to Virtua President and CEO Richard P. Miller, and a certificate of appreciation to Virtua Memorial for the hospital's service to soldiers and personnel who work to keep America safe at home and abroad. "When soldiers get sick or injured, they go to Virtua Memorial," Thaxton said. "They are always pleased by the service they receive there." Virtua Memorial is developing one of the nation's first health resource centers specializing in the care of women veterans at Fort Dix. This center will provide easily accessible health information, referrals and a network of healthcare providers. "We value this important relationship between Virtua and Fort Dix," said Miller. "We're extremely proud and privileged that Virtua has the opportunity to provide America's soldiers and their families with world-class care." Virtua officials recently received a first-hand look at Fort Dix operations, with a visit to the firing range, a short flight on a Chinook helicopter and lunch with the soldiers. Operation BossLift brings employers to the base to witness Guard and Reserve training. "Operation BossLift was a very eye-opening experience," said Stephen Kolesk, MD, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Virtua Memorial. "We gained a greater understanding for the training, effort and sacrifice our warriors make each day to keep our country safe."
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.