Local teen warms—and saves—hearts
Pictured left to right: Mike Kotzen, Virtua Voorhees Chief Operating Officer; Hannah Kahn; and Bernie Platt, Cherry Hill Mayor.
Diagnosed with a rare heart condition in first grade, Hannah Kahn, now 13, donated $1,000 from her Bat Mitzvah gifts to help purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) for Croft Farms Art Center in Cherry Hill.
“It is remarkable to see such enthusiasm for helping others from a young contributor in our community,” said Virtua Voorhees Chief Operating Officer Mike Kotzen. “Hannah’s selfless generosity is inspiring, and Virtua is proud to have partnered with her to provide a life-saving device for Croft Farms Art Center.”
During a dedication ceremony at Croft Farms, Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt presented Hannah with a proclamation declaring Hannah Kahn Day in the township. He also presented Mr. Kotzen with a proclamation declaring March 19, 2011 Virtua Foundation Day.
Hannah and her family are hopeful that she is no longer at risk for the condition, but she still wanted to make sure that others at the community center could be saved by this important device. Virtua Foundation provided the remainder of the funds to help supplement the purchase of the AED.
Virtua Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) staff will train seven Cherry Hill Parks and Recreation employees on how to use the AED at the community center.
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 www.virtua.org