We’re much more than a hospital. Virtua tends to the needs of those in South Jersey in many, many ways – from assessing local health concerns to providing free cancer screenings and support groups and hosting wellness events.
As a non-profit organization, helping the community stay healthy and thrive is the reason we’re here.
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Throughout South Jersey, Virtua strives to improve the community. For example, Virtua employees – from the President/CEO through all levels of management and other associates – donate their time and expertise to a range of community organizations.
In 2015, Virtua spent $77.2 million to benefit the community. Some of the programs and services Virtua provides for free or at a reduced cost include:
Virtua Community Benefit Reports:
Virtua’s mission to help the community be well, get well and stay well directly supports the findings of our Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Through this in-depth report, we identify health concerns and trends in a specific community through extensive research among consumers, community leaders and public health experts. The comprehensive assessment examines a wide variety of factors that affect community health, as well as the services available to address health needs. The CHNA provides insights about the most critical concerns and the results of the CHNA enable health care providers to refine programs and focus resources where they are most needed.
What CHNA Information Means to You
The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was conducted by the South Jersey Health Partnership (SJHP), within four Southern New Jersey Counties: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Ocean. The SJHP was formed in cooperation with Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Ocean County Health Departments and included the following member hospitals:
The CHNA was conducted from February to October 2016.The 2016 CHNA builds upon our 2013 CHNA and subsequent Community Health Improvement Plan and will help to further Virtua’s commitment to community health and population health management. The findings will be used to guide community benefit initiatives and engage partners to address identified health needs, develop a community health implementation plan that effectively responds to community needs and comply with Affordable Care Act requirements.
Virtua’s primary service area is Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties in South Jersey- which comprise of a diverse population. Camden County has a population of approximately 510,000. It is the most racially and ethnically diverse and the most impacted by poorer social determinants of health- significantly higher poverty rates, unemployment rates, and crime rates compared to surrounding areas. Burlington County has a total population of approximately 449,000, and Gloucester County encompasses a total population of approximately 292,000. Burlington and Gloucester Counties have similar or better socioeconomic indicators compared to the state.
South Jersey Health Partnership (SJHP)
View the SJHP 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.
The CHNA revealed the communities’ key issues and areas of opportunity. The assessment contributes supporting data and enables Virtua to take an in-depth look at its greater community and to develop evidence based implementation strategies. Significant results from the CNHA are integrated into the process of prioritization of health needs and the development of a health system implementation plan. The assessment shows that access to care is a major community concern in all three counties.
For instance, some residents are less likely to have health care coverage and more likely to report having trouble finding a general doctor and specialist. Higher prevalence rates of specific chronic diseases are also found throughout the Tri County region. This is demonstrated by the Burlington County results documenting a higher percentage of obesity among adults than the New Jersey average and in Gloucester County, the percentage of adults with diabetes is higher than the state averages.
Based on community needs, two areas have been identified as critical community needs and are addressed in this implementation plan: access to health care and chronic conditions.
Access the individual reports for the following locations:
We offer free classes to share information about disease prevention along with providing assistance to support groups. In addition to offering clinical training for local nurses, paramedics and physicians, Virtua also has classes for the community including pediatric and adult CPR. Check our event calendar or call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).
Virtua budgets a percentage of its resources for community sponsorships of non-profit organizations. We support organizations that align with or advance our vision of building healthy communities. To determine the best use of our resources in the community, we established guidelines which apply to both monetary and in-kind contribution requests.
If you wish to submit a request, please complete and submit our online community sponsorship form.
Virtua plays a key role in numerous activities to benefit the residents of the communities it serves above and beyond the normal day-to-day healthcare operations.
To inquire about Virtua’s community outreach programs, from speakers to events, please fill out your information on Virtua Request for Community Event form.
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