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Virtua Health Teams with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

to Provide Newborn Care at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Highest-level neonatology services available at Camden hospital’s Special Care Nursery


(CAMDEN, N.J.) Virtua Health announced today that the Special Care Nursery (SCN) at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital is now being managed and staffed by Children’s Medical newsHospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) neonatologists. With this announcement, CHOP-affiliated physicians now provide pediatric services at all of Virtua Health’s neonatology sites. The CHOP at Virtua alliance, formed in 2011, also includes the SCN at Virtua Memorial Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Virtua Voorhees Hospital.

“This expansion of the CHOP at Virtua alliance standardizes care and provides consistent quality services for all of Virtua’s tiniest patients,” explained Paresh Pandit, MD, MRCP, FAAP, medical director of CHOP Newborn Care at Virtua. “CHOP physicians will now rotate to provide neonatology care across the Virtua system.”

This transition reflects ongoing efforts to coordinate and enhance Virtua’s service portfolio following its acquisition of Lourdes Health System in July 2019.

“Bringing two health systems together was never intended to be a ‘flip the switch’ scenario. Rather, it’s a deliberate, ongoing process,” said Reginald “Reg” Blaber, MD, FACC, MBA, chief clinical officer at Virtua Health. “Incorporating Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital into the CHOP at Virtua alliance is a terrific example of how we’re creating a better health-care model for the people of Camden and all of South Jersey.”

“Simply put, Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes is a great place to welcome a child into the world,” said Patricia Cerveny, BSN, RN, CBC, C-EFM, nursing director. “We want all moms-to-be, particularly those with high-risk pregnancies, to know we are here for them and eager to be part of their family’s story.”


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 To help Virtua make a difference, visit