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Virtua Commends Gov. Corzine's Charity Care Funding Plan
Date:3/10/2009

Proposed 2010 state budget maintains charity care spending level

MARLTON, N.J., March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard P. Miller, President and CEO of Virtua Health, praised New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard and the administration for placing a high priority on the health care needs of the state's residents in the proposed budget that was unveiled today in Trenton.

In the state fiscal year 2010 spending plan, charity care funding would remain at the same level as this year. The charity care program helps to cover hospital expenses of persons without health insurance and who meet certain income guidelines. The budget must be passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor by July 1.

"This is very good news in an extraordinarily challenging budget year," said Miller. "The administration recognizes that health care is a priority, especially at a time when statewide charity care costs -- along with the unemployment rate -- are rising."

Virtua Health is a comprehensive healthcare system headquartered in Marlton, NJ. Its mission is to deliver a world-class patient experience through its programs of excellence in cancer treatment, cardiology, orthopaedics, women's health, pediatrics, surgery, neuroscience and wellness. A non-profit organization, Virtua employs 7,900 clinical and administrative personnel, and approximately 1,800 physicians serve as medical staff members. Virtua has distinguished itself as one of the first Six Sigma organizations in healthcare, as an early adopter of clinical and digital technologies, and for its innovative partnerships with nationally renowned organizations such as GE Healthcare, Fox Chase Cancer Center and A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. It has been honored twice with the New Jersey Governor's award for Clinical Excellence (Bronze in 2005; Silver in 2006) and recognized with the Leadership Award for Outstanding Achievement by Voluntary Hospitals of America. Virtua has been honored as the #1 Best Employer in the Delaware Valley by the Philadelphia Business Journal three years in a row and is the recipient of the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 Consumer Choice Awards by National Research Corporation. For more information, visit our website at www.virtua.org or call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823)


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