Health-care provider names board chairman

Richard A. Middleton of Voorhees has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of Moorestown Visiting Nurses and Hospice. Middleton also supports the organization as the chairman of the executive committee of Moorestown VNA.

Middleton has served on the board since 2000. He is an associate partner at the accounting firm Alloy, Silverstein, Shapiro, Adams, Mulford, Cicalese, Wilson & Co. in Cherry Hill.

Joseph Monteleone of Haddon Heights has joined the board. Monteleone is the owner of Interior Construction Plus, based in Haddon Heights.

Moorestown Visiting Nurses and Hospice is a nonprofit home- and community-based health-care provider serving families in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties.

Peggy Orlando, 93, wins Virtua Health pageant

Virtua Health recently crowned Peggy Orlando, 93, the new Miss Virtua Health and Rehabilitation Center (VHRC), which is in Virtua Berlin Hospital.

This was the seventh year the unit held the pageant.

Virtua employees and family members cheered while 34 VHRC residents were escorted down the red carpet by Army junior ROTC students from Winslow High School.

During the pageant, four semifinalists were judged in four categories: presentation, poise, talent and answering a life question, which gave them a chance to share a special memory. One of the contestants explained how her husband proposed to her.

During the talent competition, the four semifinalists sang songs and read stories. Orlando, a Philadelphia native, sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

The VHRC staff also awarded the Song of Your Heart Award to semifinalists Frances Mitchell of Lindenwold and Edna Wildrick of Philadelphia.

Kennedy Health to offer AARP driving course

The Kennedy Health System will offer an eight-hour, two-day classroom course for seniors designed by AARP to refine skills and develop defensive-driving techniques.

The course will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Chapel Avenue and Cooper Landing Road, in Cherry Hill. A $10 fee charged by AARP will cover the cost of materials.

To register, call the Kennedy Health System ElderMed Office at 1-800-522-1965.

Camden Eye Center gets $50,000 in grants

The Camden Eye Center recently was awarded grants totaling $50,000 to support its Sight First for Kids and adult and senior eye-care programs.

The grants came from the Horizon New Jersey Foundation, the Danellie Foundation, the Sunoco Foundation, the United Way, and the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll.

The funding will enable the center to expand its eye and vision health and education programs for low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of Camden City, Camden County, and surrounding areas of New Jersey for 2008.

Health-care provider seeks gift-card donations

Moorestown Visiting Nurses and Hospice is seeking holiday donations of grocery store and supermarket gift cards to help those with special dietary needs, such as diabetics, those with specific food allergies, or those who have difficulty chewing and swallowing.

Donated cards will be distributed to families in need throughout the area, so that healthy, diet-appropriate food may be bought for the holiday season.

Tax-deductible donations of supermarket gift cards may be made by calling Beth Coyle, 856-552-1300 extension 2201. Gift cards also may be mailed directly to Moorestown Visiting Nurses and Hospice, Attention: Special Meals, 300 Harper Dr., Moorestown, N.J. 08057.