Cooper Among First to Implant Miniature Cardiac Monitor

ICMmonitorSmall, Wireless Monitor Provides Long-Term Remote Monitoring to Help Physicians Diagnose and Monitor Irregular Heartbeats

April 10, 2014 –Cooper University Health Care recently became one of the first hospitals in New Jersey to implant in a patient, the Medtronic Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available. Cooper cardiologists John A. Andriulli, DO, FACC, Director of the Arrhythmia Device Program, and Andrea M. Russo, MD, FACC, FHRF, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services, were the first two physicians to implant devices in patients on March 14 and 17, 2014.

The Reveal LINQ ICM is approximately one-third the size of a AAA battery (~1 cc), making it more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs. While significantly smaller, the device is part of a powerful system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years, with 20 percent more data memory than its larger predecessor, Reveal®XT.

“This is an improvement in technology that will positively impact the way we are able to remotely diagnose and treat cardiac conditions,” said Dr. Andriulli. “In addition to the device being very compact, patients will have the peace of mind knowing that we are able to remotely monitor abnormal heart rhythms,” said Dr. Russo.

In addition to its continuous and wireless monitoring capabilities, the system provides remote monitoring through the Carelink® Network. Through the Carelink Network, physicians can request notifications to alert them if their patients have had cardiac events. “There is now evidence that this device can detect irregular/abnormal heart rhythms called atrial fibrillation (AFib) that can lead to stroke,” said Dr. Russo.

The Reveal LINQ ICM is indicated for patients who experience symptoms such as dizziness, palpitation, syncope (fainting) and chest pain that may suggest a cardiac arrhythmia, and for patients at increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias.

Placed just beneath the skin through a small incision of less than 1 cm in the upper left side of the chest, the Reveal LINQ ICM is often nearly invisible to the naked eye once inserted. The device is placed using a minimally invasive insertion procedure, which simplifies the experience for both physicians and their patients. The Reveal LINQ ICM is MR-Conditional, allowing patients to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) if needed.

The Reveal LINQ system also includes the new MyCareLink™ Patient Monitor, a simplified remote monitoring system with global cellular technology that transmits patients’ cardiac device diagnostic data to their clinicians from nearly any location in the world.

 

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Avon Breast Health Outreach Program Awards Grant to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Funding Will Support County-Wide Breast Cancer Screening Program

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $35,000 one-year grant to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper for its Camden County Cancer Screening Project (CCCSP) to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the eighth year that the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence.

The Camden County Cancer Screening Project at MD Anderson at Cooper will educate women in the Camden County area and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities; and this year, the program will focus on ensuring women 65+ are obtaining mammograms through their insurance plans. This program will seek to educate women about the importance of their breast health in the comfort of their own homes, community centers or churches.

Through the CCCSP, MD Anderson at Cooper screened 2,158 women for breast cancer and diagnosed 23 cancers in 2013. Additionally, over 5,300 women received information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States.

According to the American Cancer Society, 232,670 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in the US this year and 40,000 lives will be lost. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes and a death from breast cancer every 13 minutes. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as the CCCSP help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

“We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to provide women with greater access to breast health information and life saving breast cancer screenings,” said Generosa Grana, MD, Director of MD Anderson at Cooper.

Since 2000, the Avon Foundation has awarded $76.2 million through more than 1,600 Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) grants to community-based organizations across the United States, including the CCCSP at Cooper. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.

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Post, Laufgraben Honored at JDRF Gala April 5, 2014

The region’s leading diabetes advocacy group, JDRF, on April 5, 2014 awarded Ernest Post, MD, Head, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, and Marc Laufgraben, MD, MBA, Head, Division of Adult Endocrinology, Cooper University Health Care, their Distinguished Service Awards for 2014. The awards honor outstanding contributions to patients and families, as well as a spirit of service and support in the fight against Type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the region.

Ernest Post, MD, Head, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, and Marc Laufgraben, MD, MBA, Head, Division of Adult Endocrinology, Cooper University Health Care

Ernest Post, MD, Head, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, and Marc Laufgraben, MD, MBA, Head, Division of Adult Endocrinology, Cooper University Health Care

“We were so pleased to present these awards to Dr. Post, who has faithfully served on our volunteer Board of Directors for so many years, and to Dr. Laufgraben, who has been so supportive as our focus has moved from ‘juvenile’ diabetes patients to adults and children living with T1D,” said Nanette Gerst, Executive Director of JDRF’s South Jersey chapter. “Their work with patients, families and us at JDRF has really made a difference in the region.”

The Distinguished Service award is the highest honor given annually by JDRF and is presented at their annual Gala, which this year was attended by about 300 people and raised nearly $450,000.

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Ribbon-Cutting for New Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness

Center Named in Honor of the Ripa Family, Long-Time Cooper Supporters

Cooper University Health Care executive leaders and local officials gathered on April 3, 2014, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness in Voorhees, NJ. The center is named in honor of the Ripa family, longtime Cooper supporters. Camden County Clerk Joe Ripa was in attendance at the event representing the family at the dedication. His daughter, television personality Kelly Ripa, has served as spokesperson for Cooper for many years.

Taking part in the ribbon-cutting for the new Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness are:  (from left) Adrienne Kirby, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer for Cooper University Health Care;  Rosemarie Leuzzi, MD, Medical Director for the Ripa Center; Michael R. Mignogna, Voorhees Township Mayor; and Joseph Ripa, Camden County Clerk and Ripa family representative.

Taking part in the ribbon-cutting for the new Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness are: (from left) Adrienne Kirby, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer for Cooper University Health Care; Michael R. Mignogna, Voorhees Township Mayor; Rosemarie Leuzzi, MD, Medical Director for the Ripa Center; and Joseph Ripa, Camden County Clerk and Ripa family representative.

“We recognize that today’s women are busier than ever, and we felt that it was important to create a center devoted specifically to their health and wellbeing,” said Adrienne Kirby, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer for Cooper University Health Care. “As caregivers, business professionals and community volunteers among other roles, women are pulled in so many directions. In our newly expanded center they can focus on their own needs in an environment that is supportive and nurturing.”

The Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at Cooper, first founded in 2007, was designed to meet the unique needs of women at all ages and all stages of life. Created by women, for women, it provides access to “one-stop,” comprehensive medical care by the world-class physicians and staff at Cooper. In addition to primary care and gynecologic and obstetrical services, the expanded Ripa Center offers the cutting-edge Sensory Suite mammography, osteoporosis testing, wellness programs, fitness and nutrition classes and more. The Ripa Center also offers complementary programming to nurture the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of women.

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Noted physician and health policy innovator Jeffrey Brenner to receive honorary degree at Rutgers–Camden convocation on May 21, 2014

Brenner_JeffJeffrey C. Brenner, MD, a primary care physician at Cooper Health whose efforts to improve the delivery of health care to the nation’s most impoverished citizens earned a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship in 2013, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Rutgers University–Camden during the campus’ Commencement and Honors Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

The selection of Brenner, who also will serve as Rutgers–Camden’s keynote speaker at the campus-wide ceremony, was confirmed by the Rutgers Board of Governors during its regular meeting in New Brunswick on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

In addition to the Commencement and Honors Convocation, Rutgers–Camden will hold separate graduation ceremonies for its School of Business, School of Nursing, School of Law, and Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 22, 2014.

“Dr. Brenner’s work is saving lives and transforming communities, here in Camden and across the nation,” says Rutgers–Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett. “His visionary approach to addressing critical disparities in health care delivery combines data, medicine, and urban planning to create a new model. Rutgers–Camden is pleased to present an honorary degree to Dr. Brenner and to have him serve as our keynote commencement speaker.”

In 2013, Brenner was named a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellows program (the so-called “genius grant”) by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his work to improve urban health care. His work was profiled by the writer and surgeon Atul Gawande in an article in The New Yorker titled “The Hot Spotters” and in an episode of “PBS Frontline.”

Determined to improve the lives of the sickest residents of Camden – one of America’s poorest cities – Brenner, 44, constructed a searchable database and geographic mapping of discharge data from all patients at Camden’s hospitals and discovered that a very small number of patients consumed a large share of the overall costs of health care and social supports.

To address this issue, Brenner established the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, bringing together doctors in community-based private practices, frontline hospital staff, and social workers across the city to participate in a strategy of comprehensive preventive and primary care. He designed a system that delivers daily information about hospitalizations to the coalition and members of care management teams. Each team is made up of a registered nurse, one or two licensed practical nurses, a health coach, and a social worker to support and help coordinate care for patients with complex medical and social issues.

Brenner has demonstrated that using this model of cooperative care – identifying and visiting high-risk patients, earning their trust, offering access to clinical services, heading off medical complications before they occur, addressing social needs before they become medical problems – can reduce repeated emergency room visits and hospitalizations and lower health care costs. Currently working with 10 communities across the country on developing sustainable and accountable care systems based on the Camden model, Brenner’s collaborative approach to health care delivery is an important contribution to the national conversation on health care reform.

He received a bachelor’s degree (1990) from Vassar College and an M.D. (1995) from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and he completed his residency in family medicine at the Swedish Health Center in Seattle. In addition to serving as executive director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers since its founding in 2003, Brenner is the medical director of the Urban Health Institute at the Cooper University Health Care; using modern business techniques, this unit is redesigning long-standing clinical care models to deliver better care at lower cost. He serves on the faculty of the Cooper Medical School at Rowan University and practices in the family and community medicine department of Cooper University Health Care.

Brenner’s professional career has sought to ensure that all families who live in urban, underserved communities receive high quality, culturally competent, personalized family health care. Previously, Brenner owned and operated a solo-practice, urban family medicine office in Camden that provided full-spectrum family health services to a largely Hispanic, Medicaid population including delivering babies, caring for children and adults, and doing home visits.

Brenner resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Jennifer Greenberg, who serves as a city planner, and their children Finn, 9, and Violet, 7. He is on the board of the Mariposa Food Cooperative in West Philadelphia.

The Rutgers–Camden Commencement and Honors Convocation will be held in the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden Waterfront at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Additional details are available at camden.rutgers.edu/page/commencement.

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