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Virtua in the News

 

Hospital Coronavirus Treatment has Changed. Here's What it Looks Like Now in Philadelphia
Health systems across the region have identified a core set of treatments that help fight the disease. Virtua’s Dr. Eric Sztejman provides his insights in this story.
Philadelphia Inquirer


One year after Virtua-Lourdes deal, combined health system has come a long way – with much more to do
Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, president and CEO of Virtua Health, discusses the health system’s progress since Virtua and Lourdes became one – and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  
Philadelphia Business Journal

‘Better two-gether’: Virtua feels merger with Lourdes, 1 year ago this month, has been key to fighting COVID-19 in South Jersey
One year ago, Virtua Health assumed ownership of Lourdes Health System, a transaction that reshaped health care in South Jersey.
ROI-NJ

Tim McGraw crashes Virtua nurses' Zoom meeting to say thank you
Singer Tim McGraw crashed a Virtua Health video conference and visited with front-line nurses in this episode of “The Drop-In” on Spotify.
6 ABC

Banding Together
Leaders from across South Jersey health care systems provide an inside look at managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, president and CEO of Virtua Health, is among six leaders featured in this Q&A piece.
South Jersey Magazine

Camden man going home from the hospital after battling COVID-19 for 60 days
Camden resident Darnell Lewis was released from Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital today after more than 60 days in the hospital.
6 ABC

Health Care Heroes
This year’s list salutes local workers who’ve stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic, including Dr. Martin Topiel and Dr. Jennifer Khelil of Virtua Health.
South Jersey Biz

Returning Students May Present Coronavirus Problem, Virtua Warns
It's the time of year when college students and graduates come home for the summer, but this year, families have to be on the lookout for the coronavirus, explains Dr. James Sekel, lead physician at Virtua Primary Care — Washington Township.
Yahoo News


Local Health Leader Shares Insights for Summer and Beyond
Jersey’s Best
Reginald Blaber, MD, offers insights on how COVID-19 might evolve in the months to come and tips to help us continue to protect ourselves from contraction or transmission.

Virtua Resumes Non-Emergent Surgeries
Patch.com
After nearly 10 weeks, non-emergent surgeries are once again taking place at Virtua, including orthopedic procedures.

Philadelphia International Airport ‘Strongly Believes that it’s Safe to Fly’
CBS Philly
Is it safe to travel? Dr. James Sekel of Virtua Primary Care attempts to answer this complicated question in an interview with CBS3.

Neurosurgeon on the Front Lines of COVID-19 Sees Grace under Pressure
Philadelphia Inquirer 

Virtua’s Dr. Patrick Connolly penned an op-ed about his experiences on the front line of the COVID-19 health crisis.


Finding Peace in a Pandemic 
CNB News
New mother describes her peaceful birth experience at Virtua Health during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Podcast Interview with Dr. Adam Glasofer, Part 1: “There Are Some Great Ideas Out There.”
Health System CIO
Dr. Glasofer, chief innovation officer of the Virtua Center for Innovation, discussed the critical role innovation has played in Virtua’s response to COVID-19, among other topics.

Millburn Chinese Americans Rally Behind Front Line Workers to Help Fight COVID-19
TAP Into 
Story lists Virtua Health as a recipient of donations from the Millburn/Short Hills Chinese Association.

 

4200 People Have Been Tested for COVID-19 in the City of Camden
CNB News 
Story notes that Virtua Health and Cooper have teamed up to identify and test vulnerable communities.

 

Even in this time of protest and unrest, wearing masks is essential | Expert Opinion
Philadelphia Inquirer
This op-ed is co-authored by Dr. Azmatullah Hussaini, a hospitalist at Virtua Health and president of the American Muslim Health Professionals, New York/ New Jersey chapter. 

Protests shine light on health inequality, and create a 'hodgepodge' to address the issue
Yahoo Finance 
Story notes that Virtua Health and Cooper have teamed up to identify and test vulnerable communities.

 

America: South Jersey hospitals welcome the return of outpatient, elective procedures
Courier-Post
Story quotes Dr. Reginald Blaber, EVP and chief clinical officer at Virtua Health. It includes a photo gallery from Virtua Memorial Hospital.


'It Wasn’t Scary At All’: South Jersey Mother Recalls Delivering Baby At Hospital During Pandemic
CBS 3
New mom Dena Moore said Virtua Voorhees had everything under control with safety precautions to make her feel comfortable.

 

Covid-19 Chronicles from All Corners of the Garden State
NJ Monthly
This statewide round-up notes that Heart of Camden distributed boxes of food from Virtua Health’s Food Pantry to 100 families in Camden’s Waterfront South neighborhood.

 

Survey Shows Some Americans Avoiding Medical Care Due to COVID-19 Fears
NBC 10
Dr. Reg Blaber, EVP and chief clinical officer of Virtua Health, speaks about the importance of still getting treatment for ailments other than COVID-19.

‘This is war with an invisible enemy’: Navy doctor describes grueling fight against COVID-19 in NYC
NJ.com
Dr. Joseph Costabile, a U.S. Navy vascular surgeon, was deployed to a Brooklyn hospital last month at the peak of the pandemic. He is a general and vascular surgeon for the Virtua Surgical Group and at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Man greeted with cheers, big hug as he leaves Virtua Marlton Hospital after battling COVID-19
CBS 3
A family mourning the loss of two relatives to COVID-19 had a moment of celebration when a third loved one was discharged from a local hospital – and received a long hug from an overjoyed grandchild.

Hospitals give inspiring accounts of survival, even as death toll rises
Courier-Post
Two Burlington County men were discharged from separate hospitals after each had battled COVID-19 for more than a month. One of the men, Ralph Trincone, was released from Virtua Marlton Hospital.

Burlington County to begin testing residents without symptoms of coronavirus
Burlington County Times 
Story includes testing site at Virtua Willingboro Hospital.

Will blood plasma from recovered COVID patients pay off in treatment of the infected?
70 and 73 
Virtua Health is one of many organizations working with the Mayo Clinic in a study to determine whether convalescent plasma helps treat people with the coronavirus. Story includes interview with Dr. Lukasz Polisiakiewicz, of Virtua Health.

What Is ‘Medical Distancing’ and Why Does It Have Doctors So Worried?
NBC 10
Medical distancing is when people avoid or delay seeking medical help for conditions that previously would have had them going to a physician's office or emergency room. Story quotes Dr. Reginald Blaber, EVP and chief clinical officer at Virtua Health.

Health system shines in anything-but-normal period | Opinion
NJ.com
Guest column by Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, president and CEO of Virtua Health. The article was written for National Hospital Week, May 10-16.


A Show of Strength
South Jersey Magazine

South Jersey is fighting the coronavirus in a variety of ways. Story includes interview with Dr. Reginald Blaber, executive VP and chief clinical officer of Virtua Health.

 

Coronavirus New Jersey: COVID-19 Survivor Whose Donated Plasma Saved Aunt, Stranger Encouraging Others To Undergo ‘Easy, Painless Process’
CBS 3
Story includes interview with plasma donor Marisa Leuzzi. Her aunt and a stranger received Leuzzi’s donated plasma at Virtua Voorhees Hospital.


ER nurse collects donations for fellow colleagues at Virtua Hospital in Marlton
Fox 29
Hundreds of donations have been pouring in for the staff at Virtua Marlton thanks to ER nurse Kim Reynolds

Family welcomes Marlton dad home after COVID-19 fight
6 ABC
Ted Coppola was in the ICU at Virtua Marlton before transferring to rehab this week.


Neurologist on the front lines of COVID-19 sees grace under pressure
Philadelphia Inquirer
Opinion piece by Patrick Connolly, a clinical associate of neurosurgery at Penn Medicine and neurosurgery chief at Virtua Health.

 

Stay home when you’re critically ill or risk coronavirus? Doctors report up to 40% decline in non-COVID patients
Burlington County Times
South Jersey doctors are urging residents not to let their fear of coronavirus keep them from getting help for heart attack, stroke, and other medical emergencies. Story includes quotes from Dr. Reginald Blaber and Dr. Ibrahim Moussa of Virtua Health.

 

NJ cardiologist suffers stroke likely due to COVID-19
Fox News
Extended interview with Dr. Troy Randle, a Virtua Health cardiologist who had a stroke after recovering from COVID-19.

 

Therapists, families adapt early intervention techniques during pandemic
Courier-Post
The Virtua Early Intervention Program and Virtua’s Mobile Pediatric Services Program have teamed up to help children and families during the coronavirus pandemic.

N.J. opera singer goes home after experimental COVID-19 plasma treatment
6 ABC
Virtua Health celebrated Andy Fei’s discharge from the rehab center at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Want to visit a friend during coronavirus? Don’t be tempted yet, expert says.
NJ.com
Story includes advice from Dr. Mary Campagnolo, a Virtua Health primary care physician.

Virtua Health hits the road to aid South Jersey's most vulnerable
KYWNewsradio
Virtua has redeployed its mobile units – including the Mobile Farmers Market and Mobile Pediatric Services vehicle – to help vulnerable community members. 


Virtua cardiologist recovers from stroke likely caused by COVID-19
Interview with Dr. Troy Randle, a Virtua Health cardiologist who had a stroke after recovering from COVID-19.
CBS 3

Checking for ‘hot spots,’ Camden opens two new testing sites
NJTV
Virtua Health is sponsoring one of the new sites. Story includes quote from Dr. Reginald Blaber, EVP and chief clinical officer at Virtua Health.

Plasma donations contribute to recovery of COVID-19 patients, health experts say
6 ABC
Two Virtua Voorhees patients are recovering thanks in part to an experimental treatment of convalescent plasma from a patient who also recovered from the virus. Story includes interview with Dr. Lukasz Polisiakiewicz of Virtua Health.

Virtua Hospital cheers on 63-year-old coronavirus patient’s discharge
CBS 3
Kim Dobson was admitted to Virtua Memorial Hospital on Easter Sunday and put on a ventilator three days later. A big crowd celebrated her release from the hospital.

Noisy parades in Camden County salute healthcare workers battling the coronavirus
Courier-Post
Police, firefighters and first responders staged high-decibel parades saluting Camden County's healthcare providers during the COVID-19 crisis. Story includes salutes at Virtua Voorhees, Berlin, and Camden.

Virtua Health: COVID-19 patients 'remarkable' after plasma treatment 
Courier-Post
Two patients at Virtua Voorhees Hospital “are steadily recuperating from critical cases of COVID-19 after receiving convalescent plasma transfusions in the first week of April.

New Jersey's COVID-19 outbreak stabilizing, Gov. Murphy says 
6ABC
Story notes opening of Virtua COVID-19 testing site at Virtua Willingboro Hospital and quotes Virtua physician Dr. Sam Weiner.

 

First responders show appreciation for healthcare workers at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Fox 29
Story includes interviews with Virtua Health colleagues Dr. Kevin Lyons, Stefanie Horneff, Nakaeya Still, and Amber Piccioni.


Virtua tests about 100 for coronavirus on first day at Willingboro site
USA Today
“Today was a busy day at the testing site, which verifies that there is a real need in this community,” said Dr. Samuel Weiner, a medical director for the Virtua Medical Group who was at the test site Monday.


N.J. doctors using unproven drug touted by Trump: ‘This is the best that we’ve got.’ 
NJ.com
Story includes interview with Dr. Martin Topiel, infectious disease prevention officer for Virtua Health.


Hospital chaplain adjusts to changes during pandemic
Fox 29
Father Joseph Monahan, director of pastoral care at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, says his work is different than ever before.

Bouncing Back
South Jersey Magazine

As the coronavirus ripples through the country, South Jersey is proving that a united community can meet any challenge. Story includes interview with Dr. Reginald Blaber, EVP and chief clinical officer for Virtua Health.

Risking their lives, health care workers adjust to COVID-19
B101 Radio
Dennis Guest, program director for Emergency Medical Services at Virtua Health, spoke to B101 about the realities of the Coronavirus pandemic for health care workers. 


First responders in Burlington County salute medical workers with parade
Burlington County Times 
First responders from nearly a dozen police and fire agencies around Burlington County teamed up to salute the heroic efforts of medical workers at Virtua Willingboro Hospital.

 

How one local health system is helping pregnant patients during the pandemic
Philadelphia Business Journal
Dr. Nicole Lamborne, director of women’s health services for Virtua Health, explains how Virtua is working to ease the anxiety of expectant mothers.

 

Health systems unite to open walk-up COVID-19 testing site in Camden
Philadelphia Business Journal
A drive-up coronavirus testing site opened in Camden on April 1. The site is jointly operated by Cooper and Virtua Health.

 

Baby monitors in the ICU: Nurses get creative to save lives, critical equipment
ABC News
Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes is one of a handful of hospitals nationwide to discover that baby monitors help care teams connect with COVID-19 patients.

Burlington County starts coronavirus testing with 160 patients
Courier Post
The initial test kits were acquired by the county and Virtua Health, which are partnering in the testing endeavor.



Your Health

 

Tips for Masking Up in NJ During Summer 2020
Dr. Richard Levine, a family medicine physician at Virtua Primary Care - Cherry Hill, offers tips for staying safe and comfortable as the mercury rises.
NJ101.5


Feeling overwhelmed? Limit your news time, expert says
KYW Newsradio
Dr. Jay Case, a Virtua Health psychiatrist, says you need to give yourself a break from the news.

 

Virtua To Discuss Women's Health In Online Forums
Patch 
Virtua Health will hold two new online workshops to help empower women during the coronavirus pandemic. The first will focus on how to avoid emotional eating during lockdown. The second will focus on pelvic-floor disorders.

 

Is your favorite South Jersey farmers market open? Check our list 
Courier-Post
Story includes Virtua Mobile Farmers Market.


Food & Finances in the Pandemic
WHYY
Dr. Andrew Cohen of Virtua Health discusses how to safely order delivery food at the 12-minute mark of WHYY’s “You Oughta Know” program.


How to know whether you have allergies or coronavirus
Philadelphia Inquirer
Tarun Kapoor, an internal medicine specialist and senior vice president of clinical integration for Virtua Health, was interviewed on how to distinguish allergy symptoms from coronavirus symptoms.

Fact or fiction? 6 myths about coronavirus debunked
Jersey Best Magazine
Dr. Reginald Blaber, EVP and chief clinical officer for Virtua Health, dispels some of the most common myths about COVID-19.


Acts of Kindness

 

For this duo, bringing smiles to homeless during coronavirus pandemic is bigger than any touchdown
NJ.com 
Two high school students—with help from mom Stephanie Hopkins, a registered nurse at Virtua Memorial—recently fed 40 homeless individuals in Camden.

 

Where do those lawn signs of love for health care heroes come from?
Courier-Post
A Haddon Township family designed and sells signs for the benefit of frontline workers, including Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes staff.

Lawyer's pockets help dining-restricted restaurants and COVID-19 front line workers
Courier-Post
A local attorney buys meals at South Jersey restaurants and donates them to health care workers and police, including staff at Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes hospitals. Story includes quote from Sarah Fawcett-Lee, SVP and chief philanthropy officer at Virtua Health.

South Jersey family keeps hospital workers safe with 'intubation boxes'
6 ABC
Story quotes Dr. Adam Glasofer, chief innovation officer at the Virtua Center for Innovation.
 

'Be a Light' initiative shines support on health care workers
KYW Newsradio
Interview with Chrisie Scott, senior VP and chief marketing officer for Virtua Health.


Virtua Health asks community to ‘Be a Light’ during coronavirus crisis
NJ.com
Virtua is asking people to place a light — or many lights — to shine outside their home each night in support of first responders, health care workers, and all others affected by the coronavirus. Story includes quotes from Chrisie Scott, senior VP and chief marketing officer of Virtua Health.

Virtua Health shines blue with gratitude
Yahoo News
The hospitals’ exteriors will be up-lit with blue lights as an extension of the “Be a Light" initiative encouraging all of South Jersey to light their homes at night in support of first responders, health care workers, and all others affected by the coronavirus.


From one text to major act of kindness, Food4Staff delivering to front lines during coronavirus crisis
NJ.com
This article highlights many efforts from the community to feed the frontline healthcare workers at area hospitals.

Coronavirus in N.J.: What’s changing at Wawa? Plus, special offer for first responders, health care workers
NJ.com
As a salute and thank-you to all the healthcare and first responder heroes, Wawa is providing them with free coffee at all Wawa locations during this challenging time.


How you can help N.J. hospitals during the coronavirus fight
NJ.com
Dr. Reginald Blaber, EVP and chief clinical officer for Virtua Health, is quoted on how to support healthcare workers in the coronavirus effort at Virtua. 

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