During the 1880s, two influential and trailblazing physicians from burgeoning South Jersey communities each established a hospital for the benefit of his neighbors. In little more than a century, those small and essential facilities in Mount Holly and Camden grew larger, evolved and joined to form Virtua.
Virtua Foundation recognizes the triumphs of Dr. Francis Ashhurst and Dr. E.M. Howard and honors their legacy with the establishment of The Ashhurst Howard Society.
Dr. Ashhurst and Dr. Howard were more than physicians; they were fundraisers and community advocates. From their earliest days, both Memorial Hospital of Burlington County and the Camden Homeopathic Hospital and Dispensary Association relied on a strong commitment from volunteers and community support.
Without the efforts of Dr. Ashhurst and Dr. Howard, these facilities in Mount Holly and Camden may not have been established at such an important time in the history of South Jersey. The core values that lead to the creation of these original facilities remain strong at Virtua today: Virtua, in all forms, has always strived to fulfill a need in the community.
Today, philanthropic support for Virtua remains a crucial investment in the future of health care for South Jersey residents, just as it was in the 1880s. As a nonprofit organization, we depend on powerful gifts to expand services, introduce new programs, improve facilities, and continue to enhance our medical technology.
Members of the Ashhurst Howard Society have a particularly powerful impact as their gifts establish a strong foundation for the future of health care in their community.
- Subscription to Impressions, Virtua Foundation's newsletter
- Listing of your name in the Power of Giving, Virtua Foundation's annual report of support
- Permanent listing of your name in the perpetual Society Roster
- Certificate of membership
- Ashhurst Howard Society pin
- Invitation to an annual Society luncheon
- Invitations to Virtua Foundation special events, including our Advanced Spotlight series of educational events
Download the Ashhurst Howard Society Brochure to learn more.