We are deeply grateful to our philanthropic partners for making health and wellness a priority. Thanks to your generous support, Virtua Health is addressing the most serious health needs of our community and providing care for our patients…mind, body, and spirit.
Your Generosity Matters
In 2021, more than 2,200 donors invested nearly $10.1 million in Virtua’s programs and services. Together, we were able to expand access to healthy affordable food, remove barriers to care for children and adults, support COVID-19-related health issues, enhance a broad range of clinical programs…and more!Read 2021 Impact Report
patients with cancer received support through Virtua’s Breast Care Comfort Fund.
children received free developmental and health screenings.
times our Eat Well team supported people with the food they need to be healthy.
Improving Community Health through Eat Well
Fueled by philanthropy, in 2021 we saw the latest addition to our mobile platform come to life. In February, the new Eat Well Mobile Grocery Store began offering a dignified shopping experience to customers in Burlington and Camden counties, particularly in under-resourced areas without easy access to healthy food options. In its first year of operations, the grocery store on wheels held 303 markets and provided more than 3,000 transactions. Notably, the store’s offerings of fresh food and pantry items were 42% less expensive on average when compared to traditional grocery stores.
90% of mobile grocery store customers reported having more access to healthy food.
Creating a Brighter Future for Our Children
The Pediatric Mobile Services program aims to address social determinants of health and create a foundation for a healthy life through education, screenings, and connections to health resources. The program, which is supported by the Joseph Lacroce Foundation and generous donors, has provided more than 6,000 local children with free developmental and health screenings in its first three years. In 2021, we increased health screening events from four to seven per week. Clinical and non-clinical volunteers provided much-needed support, and we even integrated pet therapy into screening events. Additionally, we vaccinated nearly 150 children against COVID-19.
4,414 children were served in 2021 and 23% referred to additional services.
Emerging Stronger through COVID-19
As the pandemic stretched into another year, Virtua continued to address the critical health issues our patients and community faced as a result. Gifts from our donors helped ensure we could do even more for those who turned to us for care.
Through your generosity, we were able to:
- Create calming sensory rooms at the Burlington County COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-Site for individuals with autism or with special needs.
- Reduce pandemic-related mental health issues by creating a virtual walk-through of the Mega-Site, providing training for volunteers, purchasing anxiety-reducing equipment, and connecting people to resources.
- Support patients with care after COVID-19 through the purchase of remote patient monitoring equipment.
- Increase COVID-19 vaccination rates by expanding our Pediatric Mobile Services program to offer vaccines to children (12 years and older) and families with limited access.
- Launch a bilingual language and literacy program for children in the city of Camden to address increasing developmental delays related to reduced social interaction due to the pandemic.
The Lasting Impact of Your Gifts
Together through philanthropy, we are creating lasting impact for generations of people who turn to Virtua for care.
screening and vaccination events held by Virtua’s Pediatric Mobile Services team.
free bags of food provided to patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment.
given to help 89 Virtua Health colleagues in financial crisis.
academic scholarships awarded to nursing students and Virtua nurses.
Nurturing the Educational Needs of Nurses
At Virtua, nurses are at the heart of everything we do. They play a vital role, caring for patients through nearly every aspect of their health care journey. Thanks to the kindness of many philanthropic partners in 2021, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing students and employed Virtua nurses benefited from academic scholarships, reducing financial barriers to achieve their educational goals. Over the past five years, Virtua’s donors have funded scholarships for more than 175 School of Nursing students and Virtua nurses working toward nursing, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
31 nursing students and Virtua nurses received scholarships in 2021.
Reducing Barriers to Cancer Screening and Enhancing Support Services
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Virtua will launch a new Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit in 2022 to offer even more screenings for cancer as well as other health conditions. Patients of the Penn Medicine | Virtua Health Cancer Program can benefit from several programs made possible through philanthropy.
- The Tyanna Barre O’Brien Breast Care Comfort Fund provides patients with financial assistance as well items that bring care, comfort, and dignity. For patients who are struggling with food insecurity,
- The Meals that Heal program provides nutritious food at no cost.
- The RCCA Hair Boutique offers professional salon services to patients who experience hair loss during cancer treatment.