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January 15, 2011 | By Chelsea Conaboy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Virtua Health is facing off again with the Cooper Health System, this time over who controls medical helicopters in South Jersey. Virtua filed an appeal Friday challenging a state decision that allows a North Jersey health system allied with Cooper to fly a helicopter team from the Millville Airport in Cumberland County. The service began in December. Since 1988, Virtua has worked with the state police to provide air transport from Voorhees, serving the state from I-195 south.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Aetna, one of the Philadelphia region's largest health insurers, and Virtua Health, South Jersey's largest health system, will introduce the Aetna Whole Health-Virtua insurance plan later this year, the two organizations said Wednesday. The commercial insurance plan for businesses and individuals will use Virtua's three acute-care hospitals and Virtua Physician Partners to coordinate care in ways designed to reduce costs and improve the quality of care, they said. Aetna participates in similar so-called accountable-care organizations with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and St. Mary Medical Center.
NEWS
September 4, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposed $1 billion hospital and medical campus in Westampton Township will bring needed health services to the region and stimulate economic development, Virtua Health representatives told the township Land Development and Zoning Board on Wednesday night. Virtua Health, a nonprofit that operates three South Jersey hospitals, unveiled a 20-year plan to build a nine-story acute-care hospital, a surgical center, a rehabilitation center, hospice and long-term care facilities, and other buildings on a 110-acre farm in the mostly rural Burlington County township.
NEWS
December 3, 2002 | By Rita Giordano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former worker at the Virtua Health and Rehabilitation Center who recently quit his job after a disagreement with his employer allegedly broke into the nursing home early yesterday and sexually assaulted two elderly female residents. Anthony Price, 31, of Linden Court in Sicklerville, was charged yesterday with burglary, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual conduct, according to Camden County Prosecutor Vincent P. Sarubbi. Price left the Berlin Borough nursing home through an alarmed door and was apprehended by staff in the facility's parking lot about 1:30 a.m., the prosecutor said.
NEWS
October 25, 1998 | By Ewart Rouse, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While many large, for-profit health-care networks struggle to turn a profit, the nonprofit West Jersey Health System and Memorial Health Alliance are in the pink of financial health. In 1997, the two South Jersey systems had revenues that exceeded expenses by $13.6 million and $3 million, respectively. Their consistent, bottom-line performances haven't gone unnoticed by the biggies. "A lot of people from across the river courted both of us," said Richard P. Miller, president and chief executive officer of West Jersey.
NEWS
August 27, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Virtua Health is proposing a $1 billion hospital complex on a 110-acre farm that the South Jersey nonprofit acquired in Westampton Township more than a year ago. The project would include a nine-story hospital that would replace the four-floor Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, three miles away in Burlington County. Nine other buildings, including surgical and rehabilitation centers and a hospice and assisted living complex, would be constructed on the new campus under a development plan that Virtua will unveil next Wednesday before the township's Land Development Board.
NEWS
August 6, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
A three-judge panel on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a law that enabled Cooper University Health Care to provide paramedic and ambulance service in Camden, overturning a lower-court ruling. Cooper's paramedics and emergency medical technicians will continue to serve the city as they have since January, under a law signed by Gov. Christie in July 2015. Ordinarily, a provider must apply to the state health department to offer emergency medical services. Virtua Health, the previous provider of paramedic service in Camden, contended that the law was specially tailored to favor Cooper and was therefore unconstitutional.
NEWS
September 21, 2002 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dr. Joseph F. Centrone, 75, of Haddonfield, retired chairman of the radiology department for the West Jersey branch hospitals of Virtua Health, died of complications from renal and heart disease Wednesday at Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Centrone's former colleagues at South Jersey Radiology Associates refer to the 39-physician practice as the House that Joe Built. As president of the medical firm for more than 20 years, Dr. Centrone expanded the practice from an office with six physicians to one of New Jersey's largest medical-imaging companies and the provider of radiology services to the former West Jersey Health System and its successor, Virtua Health.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012
Virtua Health doctors will serve as medical directors at five MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in Burlington Camden, and Gloucester Counties, MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark Corp. said. The move will expand Virtua's coverage of the three-county South Jersey region, where it already has a 32 percent market share, a Virtua official said this month on a conference call with investors. There will be signs in the MinuteClinics in Marlton, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, Runnemede, and Sewell noting the clinical affiliation with Virtua.
NEWS
May 16, 2000 | By Karen Masterson, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Virtua Health officials intend to build more operating-room space to accommodate the area's rapid growth and attract patients that currently travel to Philadelphia for care. A groundbreaking ceremony for a $7 million expansion of Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Marlton was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today. "Right now, we have 37 percent market penetration" in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties, said Carolyn M. Ballard, chief operating officer for the hospital, on Brick Road in Evesham.
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August 6, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
A three-judge panel on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a law that enabled Cooper University Health Care to provide paramedic and ambulance service in Camden, overturning a lower-court ruling. Cooper's paramedics and emergency medical technicians will continue to serve the city as they have since January, under a law signed by Gov. Christie in July 2015. Ordinarily, a provider must apply to the state health department to offer emergency medical services. Virtua Health, the previous provider of paramedic service in Camden, contended that the law was specially tailored to favor Cooper and was therefore unconstitutional.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2016
Annmarie Hora has been hired as chief human-resources officer at Lourdes Health System, Camden. She had been a vice president of human resources at Virtua Health. Bryn Mawr Bank Corp. , parent of Bryn Mawr Trust Co. , has named Stephen M. Wellman as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the wealth-management division of the bank. He had been COO at Cipperman Compliance Services L.L.C. in Wayne. Julie H. Ketover has been hired as director of professional development at Marlton-based law firm Hyland Levin L.L.P.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Aetna, one of the Philadelphia region's largest health insurers, and Virtua Health, South Jersey's largest health system, will introduce the Aetna Whole Health-Virtua insurance plan later this year, the two organizations said Wednesday. The commercial insurance plan for businesses and individuals will use Virtua's three acute-care hospitals and Virtua Physician Partners to coordinate care in ways designed to reduce costs and improve the quality of care, they said. Aetna participates in similar so-called accountable-care organizations with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and St. Mary Medical Center.
NEWS
February 3, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Most patients don't have heart failure on an empty table, with good lighting all around and nothing to obstruct the paramedics who respond to the 911 call. "My first cardiac arrest was in the backseat of a taxi cab," said Scott Kasper, Virtua Health's assistant vice president of emergency medical services. Virtua's paramedic training program in South Jersey has long prepared students for the real world by sending them out into it. Now it's hoping to bring more real-world complexity to campus.
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The New Jersey Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider Virtua Health's motion to block implementation of a law that would force the hospital to cede partial control of emergency medical services in Camden to Cooper University Hospital, pending the state's appeal. The high court said in an order that it would hear Virtua's full motion next Tuesday. The court's action comes after the Appellate Division reversed a lower court judge's stay of the law, signed by Republican Gov. Christie in July.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
A New Jersey judge ruled Tuesday that a law that allowed Cooper University Hospital to take over emergency medical services in Camden from rival Virtua Health was unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Douglas H. Hurd, ruling orally from the bench in Trenton, ordered the Christie administration not to implement the law. Hurd did not issue a written decision. Richard P. Miller, chief executive of Virtua, praised the ruling and said the hospital looked "forward to continuing our focus on what is most critical to South Jersey residents, which is our ongoing provision of experienced, award-winning, and high quality EMS services for the people in the city of Camden, and the 76 other municipalities we serve in Camden and Burlington Counties.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Lawrence F. Kienle, 92, a radiologist who retired in 1978 from the former West Jersey Health System, died Friday, Dec. 4, at the Masonic Healthcare Center in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, where he had lived in recent years. Though he spent his career in South Jersey, Dr. Kienle made his largest mark after he had retired. A. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine, announced his passing by calling him "a man of towering generosity" who was "passionate about patient-centered care.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Virtua Health Inc., South Jersey's largest health system, received a one-notch credit-rating upgrade from Fitch Ratings, from A+ to AA-. Fitch cited Vitua's strong operating margins, moderating debt burden relative to cash flow, and growing market share as reasons for the upgrade. Virtua's debt burden has been high since it borrowed $565 million in 2009 to build a new hospital in Voorhees, but between 2012 and 2014 the tax-exempt organization's debt-to-capitalization ratio has fallen to 33 percent from 40.7 percent, according to Fitch.
NEWS
October 26, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A sleepy Burlington County town where a $1 billion medical campus and other developments could be built on dwindling farmland is mired in a nasty political war. At stake are two seats on the Westampton Township Committee - a body that wields considerable influence over various building projects, including Virtua Health's plan to build a nine-story hospital, a hospice center, and an assisted-living complex on a 110-acre farm over the next 20 years....
NEWS
September 4, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposed $1 billion hospital and medical campus in Westampton Township will bring needed health services to the region and stimulate economic development, Virtua Health representatives told the township Land Development and Zoning Board on Wednesday night. Virtua Health, a nonprofit that operates three South Jersey hospitals, unveiled a 20-year plan to build a nine-story acute-care hospital, a surgical center, a rehabilitation center, hospice and long-term care facilities, and other buildings on a 110-acre farm in the mostly rural Burlington County township.
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