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Virtua earns top award for wellness initiatives

Healthy workplace award

Andrew Faupel, Virtua’s Director of Wellness, accepts the Best of Show Healthy Workplace Award from Sue Schick, President of United Healthcare of Pennsylvania & Delaware.

Virtua recently won top honors from the Philadelphia Business Journal for its focus on employee wellness programs. The nonprofit healthcare system received the Best of Show Healthy WorkPlace Award for Extra-Large Company.

Virtua's Wellness Program was launched in 2006 with the intent of building a Culture of Wellness for employees. Strongly supported by Virtua’s leadership team, including President and CEO Richard P. Miller, Executive Vice President for Health Services Ninfa Saunders, and Chief Medical Officer James Dwyer, D.O., the program invests in the health and wellbeing of employees and their families.

“Virtua’s employees are our most important resource, and our wellness programs are designed to keep them active and healthy,” said Saunders. “This recognition reaffirms the commitment to a culture of wellness and we are pleased to accept the Healthy WorkPlace Award.”

The program continues to grow. Virtua has expanded its award winning Virtua Walk-Run Challenge and received national honors from the American Heart Association for the Virtua Wellness Recognition Program, where employees are showcased for their efforts. The Virtua Weight Watchers at Work Program has included more than 750 employees who lost over 11,000 pounds over three years.

Virtua is at the forefront in wellness initiatives. In November 2007, Virtua was one of the first hospitals to move to a totally tobacco-free environment. There is a zero copay on all tobacco cessation, blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma and diabetes medications.

“Virtua’s wellness programs are designed to be accessible, engaging and fun,” said Andrew Faupel, Director of Wellness. “We regularly recognize program participants as Wellness Champions who achieve outstanding personal wellness success and who inspire others to do the same.”

One of those champions is Alison Wishnick, Manager of Planning and Business Analytics at Virtua. An avid runner and Leukemia survivor, she has taken her participation to a new level in recent years and plans to run the Steamtown Marathon this fall in Scranton, Pa.

“Just being in shape makes me feel, sleep and live better,” she said. “Aside from that, I have met some great friends and inspiring people, and have had the opportunity to travel to support my cause.”
Virtua recently won top honors from the Philadelphia Business Journal for its focus on employee wellness programs.

The nonprofit healthcare system received the Best of Show Healthy WorkPlace Award for Extra-Large Company.

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