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CHOP and Virtua form strategic partnership to develop world-class pediatric program in South Jersey

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Virtua, South Jersey’s largest healthcare provider, announced they have developed a partnership that will provide pediatric services at Virtua’s facilities in Mount Holly and Voorhees, New Jersey. As part of the partnership, CHOP-employed physicians will provide care in Virtua’s inpatient pediatric units and its pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) as well as providing pediatric emergency care in its emergency departments. CHOP physicians will begin providing services at Virtua on February 1, 2011.

“This is a truly exciting collaboration as we see great synergy and alignment in our mutual commitment to quality and service excellence,” said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., chief executive officer of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “CHOP is recognized nationally as the premier children’s hospital and Virtua provides a launching pad for children with almost 8,000 births a year. CHOP brings added specialties to an already well-established pediatric program at Virtua. This partnership adds a rich, new dimension to pediatric care in South Jersey.”

“Virtua’s partnership with CHOP,” says Richard P. Miller, CEO of Virtua, “enhances Virtua’s well respected pediatrics program with the medical expertise of the nation’s number one children’s hospital. The result for parents will be easy access to a premier program that provides true academic-level care that cannot be found elsewhere in South Jersey.”

In addition to providing services at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, the CHOP-VIRTUA program will deliver care at Virtua’s newest hospital in Voorhees beginning in the Spring of 2011. The hospital will have a dedicated Women’s and Children’s Pavilion that will include a state-of-the-art inpatient pediatric unit, pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric emergency department, pediatric and teen play rooms, pediatric garden and play area, and a family lounge.

Coming in 2012 will be an ambulatory care center adjacent to the hospital that will include a pediatric specialty center housing CHOP physician offices.

Learn more at www.virtua.org/CHOP.


About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking third in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 460-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.


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.