(Cranbury, NJ) October 18, 2023 – AmeriHealth has donated to Virtua Health (Virtua) to support its new Mobile Cancer Health & Screening Unit. The mobile unit helps to provide access to cancer screenings and other services in South Jersey communities, where people need them most. This donation aligns with the AmeriHealth commitment to enhance health and well-being and preventative care services in the communities it serves.
Virtua’s 40-foot, state-of-the-art mobile unit operates four days a week and dramatically increases the number of cancer screenings the health system is able to provide. In addition to 3D mammography, the team on the mobile unit offers screenings for cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer, and other services.
“Virtua launched the Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit to reduce health disparities and ensure our community members have broader access to life-saving interventions,” said Bridget LeGrazie, assistant vice president of oncology for Virtua Health. “We strive to be a meaningful and reliable presence in South Jersey neighborhoods.”
The mobile unit’s work directly addresses social determinants of health that impact equitable care. This includes removing the barrier of transportation some patients face and expanding care access, so that cancer and other conditions can be found sooner. Studies show that catching these things early and treating them at an earlier stage can give people a greater chance of survival and a better quality of life.
“We at AmeriHealth have a longstanding commitment to health equity and are so proud to support the work Virtua is doing to close gaps in care and offer better access to health screenings,” said Mike Munoz, Market President of AmeriHealth. “It feels especially poignant during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to bring this mobile unit to members who are in need of mammograms and ensure our focus on preventative care is top of mind.”
“The important, innovative work of the mobile unit is made possible thanks to our generous philanthropic partners,” said Sarah Fawcett-Lee, FAHP, CFRE, Virtua’s senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer. “We are deeply grateful for the generosity and collaboration of AmeriHealth in building healthy communities.”
Read more about Virtua’s Mobile Health & Cancer Screening Unit at virtua.org/mobilescreening.
For nearly 30 years AmeriHealth HMO, Inc and AmeriHealth Insurance Company (collectively AmeriHealth) has been dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve. AmeriHealth gives our members peace of mind knowing we have people who care, solutions that work and next-generation technology to handle all health care needs. We offer one of the largest networks, robust health and wellness programs, and a wide range of affordable health plans to meet the unique needs of individuals, businesses, municipalities and organizations across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and select regions nationwide. We also offer administrative services to self-funded groups. Named one of the Best Places to Work for the past 12 years, AmeriHealth is headquartered in Cranbury, NJ. For more information visit amerihealth.com.
About Virtua Health:
Virtua Health is an academic health system 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 renowned cardiology and transplant programs, complemented by a community-based care portfolio. In addition to five hospitals, two satellite emergency departments, 40ambulatory surgery centers, and more than 350 other locations, Virtua brings health services directly into communities through Hospital at Home, physical therapy and 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 academically affiliated with Rowan University, leading research, innovation, and immersive education at the Virtua Health College of Medicine & Life Sciences of Rowan University. Virtua is also 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, most notably the “Eat Well” food access initiative, which includes the unparalleled Eat Well Mobile Grocery Store. A Magnet-recognized health system, Virtua has received many awards for quality, safety, and its outstanding work environment. For more information, visit Virtua.org. To help Virtua make a difference, visit GiveToVirtua.org.