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Virtua and vir tú listed among "Best Places to Work" by South Jersey Biz

South Jersey Biz listed the Best Places to Work in its latest edition. The publication featured Virtua and vir tú among "10 South Jersey companies that make it fun to get up in the morning."

Here is what South Jersey Biz said about each:

South Jersey's largest health care provider takes its commitment to wellness seriously, and that commitment is not only for patients, but also for employees. "What better way to care for our employees than to keep them healthy?" asks Richard P. Miller, Virtua's CEO. "We really encourage our people to take good care of themselves."

That encouragement is backed up by support. Virtua promotes a tobacco-free workplace and offers a smoking cessation program for employees trying to quit. That means access to the medication Chantix with no co-pay. In fact, Virtua offers no co-pay for employees on any medication for a chronic disease condition. "In this economy, people are making choices with their income and may avoid getting their medication so they can use that money in other needy places," says Miller. "But we want to make sure our employees are able to get their medications filled."

The wellness program also includes weight loss through Weight Watchers and discounted access to the organization's two fitness centers. (A third one is coming within a year or so.)

In addition, Virtua offers educational opportunities for professional growth including tuition assistance. "Education is really important to us," says Miller. "We want our people to be able to get their bachelor's or advanced degrees."

On top of a comprehensive benefits package, the organization also offers child care, hospital discounts, flexible schedules and many other perks that help keep employees healthy and happy.

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Perhaps what sets vir tú Spa apart from others is the belief that spa is not so much about luxury as it is about wellness. That philosophy is likely tied to the spa's link with the Virtua Health System, but Tracy Weiss, general manager, says it's something they really take to heart. "We believe that a spa trip helps people to take better care of themselves," she says. "Those same values are embraced for employees. Their health is important, too, and we love that we have use of Virtua's health and fitness center. We go there together."

Employees say it's a combination of great staff and great management that makes vir tú stand out. "After six years in this industry, I have found a home with a team who feels like family," says esthetician Kimberly McGrady. "Everyone is heard and accommodated."

That includes flexible scheduling. "This is a service business and not one where you can work from home, but I understand that our employees still have things that come up and require them to call out," she says. "I go above and beyond to accommodate these kinds of requests and, because we've become such a family, it's always easy to find someone to fill in."