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by South Jersey Biz - Editorial Staff

Virtua Health has signed an agreement to buy the Lourdes Health System, including Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, Lourdes Medical Associates and Lourdes Cardiology Services. The agreement was reached after a non-binding letter  of intent  and subsequent due  diligence period.

The Bariatric Surgery Center at Virtua Marlton recently earned national accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Virtua is the only health system in South Jersey with two MBSAQIP-accredited bariatric centers: Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly and Virtua Marlton. Accreditation demonstrates Virtua’s program meets the highest national standards for safety, quality and comprehensive bariatric care.

Following recent incidents involving autonomous vehicle technologies, a new report from AAA indicates consumer trust in these vehicles has slipped. Seventy-three percent of American drivers report they would be too afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle, compared to 63 percent in late 2017.

New Jersey ranks 23rd in overall senior health, dropping three spots since 2017 according to the 2018 United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report. The state also ranks 12th for the health of women and children.

Gov. Phil Murphy
signed into law a bill that will require all New Jersey residents to have health coverage or pay a penalty, making the state the second in the country to adopt an individual health insurance mandate.

Last month, Gov. Phil Murphy also signed the Renewable Energy bill, which takes several steps to improve and expand New Jersey’s renewable energy programs and signed legislation establishing a Zero Emissions Certificate program to maintain the state’s nuclear energy supply. Additionally, he signed an executive order directing the development of an updated Energy Master Plan for the state to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

Gloucester Township Mayor David R. Mayer has been awarded honorable mention at the 2018 City Livability Awards Program during the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 86th Annual Meeting in Boston. The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by the mayors.

The Cherry Hill planning board advanced a two-phase redevelopment plan that calls for 370 homes on the 35-acre Victory Refrigeration site. Behind the project is Group Melvin Design, which envisions six four-story apartment buildings in a walkable neighborhood with open space, shopping and dining options.

Bridgeton High School recently completed a 1,500-square-foot greenhouse and student-built hydroponic farm that will support education and nutrition  for the 1,400 students at the school.  Starting next fall, students will use the greenhouse and hydroponic farm as a learning lab where they will learn STEM skills, get  hands-on farming experience and learn about nutrition.  Procacci Brothers, Revive South Jersey and  New Jersey Community Capital sponsored this project.

North America’s Building Trades Unions will be making more  than $100,000 in scholarships available  to New Jersey and Philadelphia students at Rowan University majoring in construction management during the 2018-2019 academic school year.

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Biz, Volume 8, Issue 6 (June 2018).

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