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News Room: Press Releases

Virtua President/CEO speaks at televised GE announcement

Virtua President and CEO Richard Miller was invited to participate in a press event and panel discussion with GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt during the announcement of Healthymagination, GE's new approach to healthcare.

The initiative promises to allocate $6 billion over the next six years to develop products GE says will lower costs, increase access and improve the quality of health care around the world. GE will also increase lending to hospitals to improve information technology, especially in rural areas. There could be as many as 100 "Healthymagination" products within the next seven years and comes on the heels of the company's "Ecomagination" effort around environmentally friendly products.

The announcement and panel discussion took place at the Newseum in Washington, DC, and appeared as live streaming-video - worldwide - on MSNBC. Among the media in attendance were the New York Times, the Associated Press, Business Journal, Wall Street Journal and many others.

Mr. Miller spoke about how he and the Virtua team use Six Sigma and Lean management tools in the daily operations of the Virtua system. He also discussed how Virtua partnered with GE, as well as the first time he reached out to Mr. Immelt to discuss how Six Sigma and Lean could be used in healthcare.

Log-on to http://www.healthymagination.com/news/ to view the announcement and discussion. Mr. Miller appears about half way through the segment. Once you arrive at the GE site, click on the "Watch Now" box mid-way down the page. Then click on the drop-down box and click on "Healthcare panel with John Dineen" to watch Mr. Miller and the other members of the panel.

Virtua's success is receiving attention nationwide. Mr. Miller's invitation to participate with this prestigious panel is a testament to the caliber of Virtua's leadership, and the dedication and teamwork of the entire organization.
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.