Virtua executive Suzanne Ghee has been named Community Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) South Jersey chapter.
The Cherry Hill resident is Assistant Vice President for Business Growth and Community Health Engagement at Marlton-based Virtua, one of New Jersey’s largest, non-profit health systems.
“Suzanne is very deserving of this honor,” said Stephanie Fendrick, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Virtua. “Over her 15-year career, she has designed and implemented more than 45 successful public-health and advocacy programs that enhance people’s wellbeing across our region.”
Ms. Ghee received the honor during NAWBO SJ’s recent annual Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala.
The event recognizes “extraordinary individuals for their contributions to women and women business owners, as well as our community at large,” stated NAWBO SJ.
One recent example of Ms. Ghee’s accomplishments: She conceived, created and continues to lead the Virtua Mobile Farmers Market program. Launched last year, this major public-health initiative is improving the health of thousands of Camden County and Burlington County residents by selling fresh produce at affordable prices, in areas where access to healthy food is limited. The innovative, year-round program is also reducing hunger in the community.
“I’m extremely honored to receive this award, and to highlight Virtua’s commitment to the South Jersey community,” said Ms. Ghee. “The support from Virtua’s leadership and my colleagues is enabling us, together, to change the lives of area residents.”
As one of New Jersey’s largest, nonprofit health systems, Virtua provides comprehensive health care services to achieve its mission to help people be well, get well and stay well. Virtua provides services through Virtua Medical Group with 302 physicians and other clinicians, and at its urgent care centers, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health and wellness centers, fitness centers, home health services, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, and paramedic program.
A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers nearly 8,000 babies a year. It provides health services to 1,500 businesses, and participates in Virtua Physician Partners, a clinically integrated network of 1,400 physicians and other clinicians. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for pediatrics. It employs over 9,000 and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality of care, and its hospitals earned straight A’s in patient safety by The Leapfrog Group and the 2016 Patient Safety Award from Healthgrades. U.S. News and World Report ranked Virtua’s Mount Holly and Voorhees hospitals as High Performing Hospitals and Voorhees as a Best Regional Hospital.
About NAWBO of South Jersey
Chartered in 2003, The National Association of Women Business Owners-South Jersey is a vibrant, professional group of women and men who come together to connect, learn and grow through networking and educational events. NAWBO of South Jersey strives to help others grow in business by offering education and resource to women business owners in our region, and by providing exposure and promotion avenues for increasing member visibility. They offer events and membership opportunities in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Atlantic, Cape May and portions of Mercer counties. Website: http://nawbosouthjersey.org/