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Virtua hosts Bette Midler and more than 1,500 women during Women’s Health Symposium

Virtua's 2011 Women's Health Symposium Keynote Speaker Bette Midler poses with Virtua CEO Richard P. Miller and his family.

Visit the Virtua Woman facebook page to view photos of the Symposium.

More than 1,500 women enjoyed a day of health and wellness information, and an opportunity for some fun during Virtua’s Seventh Annual Women’s Health Symposium. Held at the Philadelphia Convention Center, the event featured Bette Midler, the ultimate entertainer—singer, dancer, comedienne and actress—as the keynote speaker.

The symposium was filled with enlightening health perspectives from panels of experts as well as health screenings, demonstrations, giveaways and prizes. Included among the sessions were discussions on coping with menopause, finding balance in your life, reinventing yourself, achieving your own style, eating healthy, finding solutions for thinning hair, relieving chronic pain, how your genes affect your health, and the benefits of yoga.

“Women often neglect their own well-being simply for lack of time and energy as well as the myriad of other people and things that demand their time,” said Ninfa M. Saunders, Virtua President and COO, and a panelist at the symposium. “It is important for us to remember to focus on ourselves as well. This year’s Women’s Symposium was the perfect place for women to learn new ways to begin taking better care of themselves.”

Bette Midler spoke to the crowd about her own philosophy on staying healthy and her passion for the environment and saving parks in New York City. Later she was joined onstage by BEN–FM radio personality Marilyn Russell for a Question & Answer session. The always delightful Divine Miss M vividly reminisced about her amazing life much to the enjoyment of the audience.

“It was certainly an exciting event this year,” said Richard P. Miller, Virtua CEO. “Taking the symposium to a much larger venue in Philadelphia has enabled us to welcome hundreds more women for a day of education, information and fun. The Women’s Symposium provided the perfect opportunity for Virtua to share our focus on health and wellness with an important audience.”

This year’s event sponsors were Endo Pharmaceuticals, CareOne and BEN-FM.
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 or