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News Room: Press Releases

Panera Bread Makes Dough for Virtua

Donation from Panera Bread

Panera Bread Coordinator Melinda Scott presents a check to Virtua executives (left to right) Richard Miller, president and CEO; Adrienne Kirby, VP & COO for Programs of Excellence; Stephanie Fendrick, assistant VP for Women’s & Children’s Program of Excellence; and Dr. Jim Dwyer, chief medical officer. The funds, collected from customer donations at six South Jersey Panera Bread bakery-cafés, will be used to support Virtua’s John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute.

Representatives from Panera Bread presented Virtua president and CEO Richard Miller with a check for more than $16,000 to support the John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute at Virtua. Panera Bread collected the funds throughout 2009 using collection containers displayed at six South Jersey Panera Bread bakery-cafés.

Virtua’s newly established John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute is a $25 million initiative designed to improve the health of children in the region, the state and throughout the nation, and to elevate Virtua's pediatric program to a world-class level. Named for Dr. John M. Tedeschi, a well-known pediatrician who has dedicated his life to the health and well-being of children, the Institute's goal is to keep children healthy and out of the hospital by ensuring that the highest level of wellness and preventative care is available in every community throughout New Jersey and beyond.

“We are tremendously grateful for this special support from Panera Bread and their generous customers,” said Miller. “The partnership Panera Bread has built with Virtua is more than in-store collection tins. We sincerely appreciate everything they do in the community to support us.”

Panera Bread founded Operation Dough-Nation in 1992 to formalize the company’s commitment to community involvement. One of the major activities of this community outreach effort is the Community Breadbox™ cash collection boxes. The Community Breadbox program ensures that donations made at Panera Bread feed back into the community. Cash donations made by customers in the bakery-cafés are distributed to local non-profit organizations.

“Panera Bread bakery-cafés in Cherry Hill, Delran, Marlton, Moorestown, Mt. Laurel and Voorhees collected donations from our generous patrons throughout 2009,” said Tammy Dwyer, Regional Marketing Director for Panera Bread. “We are honored to have this opportunity for Panera Bread to support Virtua and the worthy initiatives of their John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute.”

To learn more about the John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute, contact the Virtua Foundation at (856) 355-0830 or For more information about Panera Bread, visit the company web site at
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