As part of its multi-year strategic roadmap to best serve the South Jersey/Delaware Valley region and beyond, Virtua Health on July 8 announced significant renovations for two of its acute care facilities: Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden and Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly.
Framed as “Advancing Well into the future,” this significant reinvestment in acute care campuses positions South Jersey’s largest health system to meet the evolving needs of the community and establishes centers of excellence for advanced clinical care.
“The health systems that thrive are the ones that adapt to the dynamic shifts occurring around us while adhering to their core values and mission,” says Dennis Pullin, president and chief executive officer of the not-for-profit Virtua Health. “As we continue to reimagine all of the ways Virtua can enhance the health and wellbeing of this community, we’re excited to share our vision and our here-for-good commitment.”
One of the focal points of the Advancing Well into the future roadmap is to cement the position of Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital as a regional destination for high-acuity cardiovascular, neuroscience, and transplant services.
“Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes offers advanced tertiary care and services, including a comprehensive cardiovascular and neuroscience portfolio. With this investment, we are not only creating new, modernized spaces, but equipping our facility with the best technology and contemporary amenities,” says Mark Nessel, senior vice president for Virtua Health and president of Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
This includes making the campus more accessible through expanded parking and a new, welcoming main lobby. It also prioritizes the guest experience by making all patient rooms private.
Campus improvements began in late 2020 with renovated parking lots. The entire project – including a new tower – will take approximately five years to complete.
With a history dating to the 1880s, Virtua Memorial Hospital has provided care to generations of Burlington County residents. Like Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, the facility will receive a dramatic investment and emerge as a significant hub for interventional procedures and surgeries, maternity services, and acute care.
The intention is to contemporize the facility, expand niche service offerings, and improve the overall flow of operations for patients, visitors and staff. The plan includes 10 new operating rooms, new labs and medical suites, an expanded emergency department, and renovated hospital units.
Virtua Memorial will also receive a new name: Virtua Memorial Hospital will become Virtua Mount Holly Hospital, aligning its naming convention with Virtua’s other location-based acute-care facilities. Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, meanwhile, will retain its name in honor of its Catholic legacy.
Construction for the reimagined Virtua Mount Holly Hospital will begin in late 2021 and continue for several years.
Virtua Mount Holly and Virtua Willingboro hospitals will remain closely aligned throughout the renovation and beyond, to provide seamless patient experiences.