August 6, 2016 |
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.
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.
March 17, 2016 |
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.
February 3, 2016 |
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.
January 6, 2016 |
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.
December 24, 2015 |
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.
December 18, 2015 |
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.
November 13, 2015 |
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.
October 26, 2015 |
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....
September 4, 2015 |
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.