Cooper Appoints Kevin M. O’Dowd, Esq. to Senior Executive Leadership Team

Kevin O'DowdCooper University Health Care announces the appointment of Kevin M. O’Dowd, Esq. as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. O’Dowd, who will work directly with Cooper’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Adrienne Kirby, PhD, brings more than 17 years of executive management and legal experience to Cooper as part of the senior executive management team. Serving in senior leadership and policy-making positions in both state and federal government, O’Dowd has managed large organizations and staffs. O’Dowd’s responsibilities at Cooper will include business and organizational development including the MD Anderson Cooper partnership and the AmeriHealth New Jersey relationship. O’Dowd will also oversee marketing, human resources, compliance oversight and corporate real estate and development. O’Dowd will join Cooper in January 2015.

“Kevin’s proven track record of strong management, development and implementation of strategic plans, as well as improving organization performance and productivity, will make him an invaluable member of Cooper’s senior executive leadership team and the continued growth of the MD Anderson Cooper partnership,” said Dr. Kirby. “His proven track record of leading large organizations will be extremely important as Cooper continues its expansion of programs and services throughout the region.”

Before joining Cooper, O’Dowd served in the Cabinet of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, most recently as Chief of Staff since January 2012. O’Dowd also previously served as Deputy Chief Counsel to Governor Christie. Prior to joining the Christie Administration in 2010, O’Dowd served as the Chief of the Securities and Healthcare Fraud Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. During O’Dowd’s seven-year tenure, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted cases ranging from complex health care, securities and financial fraud, international child pornography distribution, cyber crime and narcotics trafficking. O’Dowd also served as the Chair of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force, which comprised the leading federal and state healthcare fraud investigators and prosecutors in the State of New Jersey.

While at the Department of Justice, O’Dowd earned an impeccable reputation for his work and integrity. O’Dowd was a frequent panelist and speaker on health care fraud and compliance matters. O’Dowd received numerous awards and honors from federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Secret Service. O’Dowd was twice awarded the prestigious Integrity Award from the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Award for Excellence from the United States President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency. In 2012, Seton Hall University School of Law presented O’Dowd with the St. Thomas More Medal for his distinguished public service and outstanding contributions to the law and the community.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2003, O’Dowd served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. In that position, O’Dowd’s responsibilities included providing legal counsel to the New Jersey Department of Health. O’Dowd also served as Assistant Counsel in the Office of Counsel to the Governor. He received his B.A. from The Catholic University of America and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 1997.

“Over the past decade, Cooper has quickly and dramatically expanded the scope and quality of services it provides, including the recent investment we made in AmeriHealth New Jersey and expanding partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center,” said George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Cooper. “This year, Cooper University Health Care will surpass $1 billion in revenue. Kevin, with his management experience and leadership skills, is the perfect choice to help us manage and continue this growth. We are all excited that he is joining us and look forward to his leadership and talents to help us provide world-class care to the people of the entire tri-state region.”

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AmeriHealth New Jersey Expands Co-Branded Product Offering With Two Additional South Jersey Hospitals

AmeriHealth New Jersey has expanded its co-branded product offering with Cooper University Health Care to include Shore Medical Center and Cape Regional Medical Center. The addition of Shore and Cape has expanded the product’s reach to also include Atlantic and Cape May counties, hence the plan’s new name: “Community Advantage.”

The initial co-branded product offering from AmeriHealth New Jersey and Cooper, called Cooper Advantage, became available in October 2013 and enrolled more than 11,500 members in the first six months. The plans were tailored to meet the needs for individuals and small businesses based in Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties, and were designed with tiered networks to provide more choice based on an individual’s or business’ budget.

“AmeriHealth New Jersey is solely focused on New Jersey, which allows us to concentrate on the needs of the people and businesses across the state and provide them with products they want and need,” said Judith L. Roman, president and CEO for AmeriHealth New Jersey. “We are pleased that the product design we pioneered with Cooper has gained interest, and are excited to expand our reach with the addition of Shore Medical Center and Cape Regional Medical Center to Community Advantage.”

Current members who previously had access to Cooper University Health Care will also have access to the expanded hospitals’ networks in Atlantic and Cape May counties effective January 1, 2015.

“The expansion of the program to include Shore Medical Center and Cape Regional Medical Center demonstrates our commitment to expand access to high-quality health services to a broader South Jersey community,” said Adrienne Kirby, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper University Health Care. “The co-branded AmeriHealth New Jersey and Cooper University Health Care product was launched last year with great success, allowing many people in our region to receive high quality, affordable care. By collaborating with Shore Medical Center and Cape Regional Medical Center, we can provide consumers with even more options for health care coverage.”

Consumers may choose a Community Advantage plan during the 2015 open enrollment period beginning November 15, 2014. Individuals and families selecting a Community Advantage plan will be able to use all three hospitals at the highest benefit level.

“Shore Medical Center is proud to join AmeriHealth New Jersey’s ‘Community Advantage’ plan, giving individuals and families in South Jersey more choices and accessibility to high quality care,” said Ron Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shore Medical Center.

With Community Advantage, all three hospitals will collaborate with AmeriHealth New Jersey to help determine how best to deliver care. AmeriHealth New Jersey also provides clinical support to each facility.

“Cape Regional Medical Center is pleased to participate in AmeriHealth New Jersey’s Community Advantage plan, which will provide more health insurance options for individuals and small businesses in Cape May county,” said Joanne Carrocino, President & CEO, Cape Regional Medical Center.

  • Features of the new plans:
  • Offering now available in three of four metallic tiers.
  • Members are free to visit in-network providers and hospitals directly — no referrals are required.
  • Members can access in-network PCPs to coordinate care.
  • Preventative care is covered at 100 percent.
  • Enhanced programs to control and manage chronic conditions.
  • Access to AmeriHealth New Jersey’s Commit2Wellness® program, which includes fitness reimbursement and discounts on alternative health care services.
  • Simple and easy to use, with no paperwork.

The plans will be available via or HealthCare.Gov, or by calling AmeriHealth New Jersey at 1.888.879.5331.

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MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Celebrates Anniversary

This October, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper marked the anniversary of the opening of the new cancer center and  partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. On Tuesday, November 4, 2014,  physicians, nurses, staff, executive leadership and patients gathered in the lobby of the cancer center in Camden to recognize the occasion and celebrate the many achievements of the past year.MDAANniv2

In addition to opening the new cancer center, the cancer center has restructured its clinical and administrative operations; expanded its cancer care and support services; added new diagnostic and treatment technologies; welcomed new physicians, nurses, and supportive care and administrative staff; enhanced its cancer clinical trials; increased new patient volumes by 20 percent; and built important relationships with their colleagues at MD Anderson in Houston.

Generosa Grana,MD, Director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper; Christine Winn, Senior Vice President, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper;  and Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, President, CEO of Cooper University Health Care  delivered brief remarks to event attendees.


Pictured left to right: Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, President, CEO of Cooper University Health Care; Generosa Grana,MD, Director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper; Christine Winn, Senior Vice President, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper


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Cooper University Health Care Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition From The Joint Commission for Second Consecutive Year

jointcomissionkeyCooper University Health Care today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Cooper was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Cooper is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

This is the second year that Cooper has been recognized as a Top Performer. Cooper was recognized in 2013 for its 2012 performance on accountability measure data in the same categories. Cooper is one of only 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures.
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases.
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Cooper for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, of The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Cooper is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Adrienne Kirby, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper University Health Care. “We are proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire health care team.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit:

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Brenner Elected to Institute of Medicine

Jeffrey C. Brenner, MD, Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Health Care and Executive Director of the Camden Coalition, has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM). The IOM announced the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 43rd annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

“It is an honor to be elected to this distinguished group who has made major contributions to the field of medicine,” said Dr. Brenner. “For far to long our nation has delivered poor quality, hard to access, expensive, and disorganized healthcare services to vulnerable populations resulting in some patients becoming super-utilizers of healthcare services. Our work in Camden has sparked new interest in providing better care to this group of patients, that so many had given up on. I look forward to working with colleagues from across the country, through the Institute of Medicine, to drive a change agenda forward.”

New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. A diversity of talent among IOM’s membership is assured by the Institute’s charter, which stipulates that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from outside the health professions; for example, from such fields as law, engineering, social sciences and the humanities.

The Institute of Medicine is unique in its structure as both an honorific membership organization and an advisory organization. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards and other activities. Projects during the past year include studies of the benefits of including physical activity in the school environment, direct health outcomes of sodium intake, regional variations in Medicare spending, child abuse and neglect in the US, improved delivery of cancer care, the commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the US, post-deployment needs of Iraq and Afghanistan service members, gun violence research priorities in the US, and the international problem of illegitimate and substandard medications.

“Cooper congratulates Dr. Brenner on this honor and achievement,” said Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Health Care System. “His vision has brought important changes to the way we care for chronically ill patients in our region and is making a significant impact on the lives of those patients. This recognition allows Dr. Brenner to share the innovative work being done at Cooper’s Urban Health Institute.”
Dr. Brenner is the Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute, a dedicated business unit at Cooper University Health Care focused on improving care of the underserved. Using modern business techniques, they are redesigning clinical care models to deliver better care at lower costs.

Dr. Brenner founded and has served as the Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers since 2003. Through the Camden Coalition, local stakeholders are working to build an integrated, health delivery model to provide better care for Camden City residents. Dr. Brenner’s work was profiled by the writer and surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande in an article in The New Yorker entitled “The Hot Spotters” (1/24/11) and in an episode of PBS Frontline (7/27/11). In 2013 he received a MacArthur Fellowship.

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