Virtua Hospital and Joseph Lacroce Foundation Reveal New Pediatric Mobile Service

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Virtua Hospital has revealed its new Pediatric Mobile Services Van.

The van was created in a partnership with the Joseph Lacroce Foundation to provide underserved families in Camden with access to developmental, medical, and dental resources for their children ages five and younger. 

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The first kid-friendly mobile-services program was launched on Thursday, June 7th, in Camden, but this is just the pilot program for what officials hope is going to be a statewide initiative to help underserved families throughout Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties. 

“We’re excited today, which is our launch for the program, and I know that through their philanthropy we’ll be able to touch lives and transform communities," said Christina Mattison, senior vice president of Virtua Foundation.

After the tragic passing of his young son in 1975, and later his daughter, both to cancer, Sam Lacroce spent decades working to prevent other families from the pain of losing a child to an illness.

“This is very special for me because of what I went through with my son and hoping we can help as many children don’t go through the same what we did," said Sam Lacroce, president of the Joseph Lacroce Foundation.

Through a $1 million donation and years of working alongside the Virtua Foundation, the mobile program allows Virtua's pediatric specialists to provide critical resources such as flu shots, lead poisoning education, health screenings, and more.

“This is the way he keeps his kids and honors them and have that legacy continue on through his work, but he is committed every day to passing that legacy forward to say ‘I am committed to caring for the kids in the community’ and that is evident today," said Mattison.

The goal of The Joseph Lacroce Foundation is to provide families with care and services to keep children happy and healthy playing on playgrounds, not in and out of hospitals dealing with illnesses.

“A healthy child is a healthy nation," said Lacroce. "My goal was big. Big to go the community and help the children that are in need every day, not just the ones in the hospital. So that’s how we came up with this mobile bus which goes around and helps the children in the community."

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