Good Works And Deeds: Burlington County people and institutions receive honors and awards
The end of summer may be lazy, a final respite from the hustle and bustle before the crisp, cooler days of fall are upon us, but not for these people and institutions, all of which have received recent honors and/or taken part in charitable endeavors:
- Lockheed Martin employees recently made a donation of over $35,000 to the Food Bank of South Jersey and over $4,000 to Burlington County Emergency Services.
Throughout May, Lockheed's Moorestown facility participated in a fundraiser to benefit those in the community living in food-insecure households
The Project MENU fundraiser stands for "Mission: Engage, Nourish, Unite" and raised a dollar amount equivalent to 787,960 nonperishable food items.
- South Jersey Federal Credit Union employees presented a $2,000 check to Effie Murphy, program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. The donation was made on behalf of the employees’ “Charitable Journey” program and will be used for Alzheimer’s research and services in the Delaware Valley.
Charitable Journey is an employee-sponsored program in which credit union workers can nominate a worthy organization to receive the monetary donation. A new charity is selected each quarter, and funds are raised by employees. As an incentive to donate, SJFCU employees who contribute are allowed to dress down for charity on Fridays.
The credit union, headquartered in Deptford, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned and governed by over 40,000 members. It has branches in Gloucester, Burlington, Camden, Atlantic and Cumberland counties and in Philadelphia.
- CONTACT of Burlington County received a $1,000 grant from Investors Foundation to assist with the agency’s after-hours emergency shelter response.
The money will help further the nonprofit agency’s mission of meeting the needs of the community by providing support and resources.
Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities the bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing.
- The 300-member Philadelphia Public Relations Association recently inducted its officers for the 2017-18 program year.
Adam Dvorin was named association president. Dvorin is media director at the New Jersey public relations firm Winning Strategies. A native of Moorestown, he is a graduate of Rowan University and a resident of Philadelphia.
- For the fourth consecutive year, Virtua has been named one of the Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems in the United States by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
And for the second year, Cooper University Health Care received the same honor.
“The most wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”
- In other health care news, Virtua, with hospitals in Mount Holly and Evesham, has been honored for its outstanding record in patient safety.
Virtua received the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, which recognizes hospitals for superior performance in preventing serious, potentially avoidable complications during hospital stays.
The distinction places Virtua in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally for patient safety, according to Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
“Virtua is honored to be recognized by Healthgrades for the services we provide to our patients," said Richard P. Miller, president and CEO. “Virtua has rigorous standards, and we continually monitor clinical performance to ensure that our patients are safe and receive the highest quality care.”
- Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper University Health Care recently appointed Dr. David G. Bruner and Dr. Jillian Gormley to the staff.
Bruner completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where he received the Robert Baird Award for excellence in teaching, a spirit of inquiry, and compassion for patients and their families. He received his medical degree from UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
He currently sees patients in the Children’s Regional Hospital outpatient office in Voorhees.
Gormley completed her medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.
She will see patients in the Children’s Regional Hospital outpatient offices in Burlington and Camden.
- The Moorestown Business Association's scholarship program acknowledges Moorestown High School seniors interested in pursuing a business major in college and who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in extracurricular and/or community activities.
Two scholarship winners are blindly selected each year through a review of submitted applications. The 2017 MBA Scholarship awardees are Reeves Balderson and Alexandra Bewley.
Reeves took a variety of business classes in high school to determine the fields that interested him most. He landed a summer job with the Philadelphia Phillies before heading to the University of Michigan to explore all areas of business.
Alexandra was hooked as soon as she took her first high school business course, and then pursued and excelled in every related class she could fit into her schedule. She is majoring in food marketing at St. Joseph’s University.