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A Good Neighbor

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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Community Benefit

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:


  • Charity care
  • Health screenings 
  • Research and education 
  • Support groups 
  • Uncompensated care 
  • Wellness events 

Virtua Community Benefit Reports:


Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

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: 


  • Cooper University Hospital
  • Deborah Heart and Lung Center
  • Kennedy University Hospitals-Cherry Hill, Stratford, Washington Township
  • Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County; Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
  • Virtua Marlton, Virtua Memorial, Virtua Voorhees

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.


Community Overview

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.

CHNA Action Plan 2017-2019

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 innovative and 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.

Based on community needs, three areas have been identified as critical community needs and are addressed in this implementation plan: linkages to care, behavioral health and chronic health conditions as co-morbidities and substance abuse.

Action Plan
View Virtua’s CHNA Action Plan 2017-2019.

Health Education Classes

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).

Community Sponsorship

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.

Request for Community Event 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.


Free Screenings Through NJCEED

Virtua provides cancer screenings for residents of Camden and Burlington Counties through the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program (NJCEED). A free cancer screening program, NJCEED is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of New Jersey.

Designed for Burlington and Camden County residents who meet certain age and income requirements, NJCEED may provide the following screenings: clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap smears, pelvic exams, PSA blood tests (for prostate screening), and fecal occult blood testing (for colorectal screening).

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 to 64, uninsured or underinsured, and not able to pay for the screenings you need. To determine eligibility for NJCEED, fill out an annual services form, consent form and a declaration of income and insurance status form. To request these forms and for additional questions, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823) and ask for NJCEED.

Sports Partnerships

Virtua is proud to partner with the following sports organizations to encourage healthier communities:


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