Virtua Memorial treats victims of the Haitian earthquake
Virtua Memorial in Mt. Holly, N.J., received its first casualties early Friday morning from the earthquake ravaged country of Haiti. The victims are American citizens who were living and working in Haiti.
“We received the call to prepare for victims and immediately began the process to accept those patients,” said Stephen Kolesk, MD, Vice President and COO at Virtua Memorial. “Based on our long relationship with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Virtua is always on alert to support the base and handle crisis situations that may emerge.”
Many staff members are also active participants of the Disaster Response arm of the American Red Cross and other programs that provide medical assistance in disaster situations.
“Disasters bring out the best in us and puts the focus where it belongs - on our desire to help people in need,” said Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO. “I am proud of all of our employees - their compassion, their readiness, and their willingness to help others during a time of need.”
Virtua’s employees are actively donating funds for Haiti relief and Virtua has established a system whereby employees can make donations through payroll deduction.
“All of us at Virtua are saddened by the disaster that has occurred in Haiti and we are concerned for the people who are homeless and injured,” said Miller. “We are working as individuals and as an organization to assist with the relief efforts in as many ways as possible.”
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, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, nine 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 8,700 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