Hospital grounds adorned with words of appreciation
Beginning this week, big, bold letter-shaped signs spell the words “HEROES WORK HERE” on the grounds outside all five Virtua Health hospitals. This tribute to health care employees is an expression of thanks from MJ Corp, a Mount Laurel-based company whose co-owner has a personal interest in uplifting Virtua’s workforce.
Virtua has worked with MJ Corp, an advertising and sign company, for 10 years. Throughout that time, the company has generously supported many of Virtua’s philanthropic initiatives. More recently, in mid-April, the professional relationship became personal when the wife of MJ Corp co-owner John Dikmak fell and required emergency shoulder surgery.
“I could not be with my wife [in the hospital] because of the coronavirus,” John explained. “I felt helpless watching Lynda being driven away in an ambulance and knowing I could not go with her.”
Lynda Intenzo was an inpatient at Virtua Voorhees Hospital for two days after the surgery, and the family is grateful for the exceptional care and comfort she received from the entire Virtua team.
“Although the coronavirus is at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now, that doesn’t mean other ailments and injuries go away,” said Paul Minnick, chief operating officer for Virtua’s hospitals in Marlton and Voorhees. “We are simultaneously providing care for people with and without COVID-19, and are doing so in a way that prioritizes safety and prohibits the virus from spreading.”
To achieve this, all Virtua hospitals have enacted a number of additional safety measures. These include installing Plexiglas dividers at many reception areas; providing masks to all patients and employees; increasing the number of hand-sanitizer stations; and asking COVID-19 screening questions.
“The kindness and care we experienced will never be forgotten, and it’s not just my family that feels this way.” John said. “Now, more than ever, health care workers need to know how much the world thanks them.”
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About Virtua Health:
Virtua Health is committed to helping the people of South Jersey be well, get well, and stay well by providing the complete spectrum of advanced, accessible, and trusted health care services. Virtua’s 14,000 colleagues provide tertiary care, including a renowned cardiology program, complemented by a community-based care portfolio. In addition to five hospitals, two satellite emergency departments, and more than 280 other locations, Virtua brings health services directly into communities through home health, rehabilitation, mobile screenings, and its paramedic program. Virtua has 2,850 affiliated doctors and other clinicians, and its specialties include orthopedics, advanced surgery, and maternity. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for pediatrics. As a not-for-profit, Virtua is committed to the well-being of the community and provides innovative outreach programs that address social challenges affecting health, from addiction and other behavioral issues to lack of nutritious food and stable housing. A Magnet-recognized health system ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Virtua has received many awards for quality, safety, and its outstanding work environment. For more information, visit ThisIsVirtua.org. To help Virtua make a difference, visit GiveToVirtua.org.