Cooper University Hospital Opens Two New Patient Floors in the Pavilion

Cooper University Hospital celebrated the opening of two new floors in the Roberts Pavilion, each with 30 private patient rooms. The two floors are designed to serve specific patient populations with Pavilion 8 serving a growing advanced-care surgery patient population and Pavilion 9 serving the Cooper Heart Institute for hospitalized heart patients.

Cooper’s strategy over the past few years has been to build strong patient-centered institutes for tertiary care for the complex health care needs of surgery, trauma, cancer and cardiac patients. We have also been focused on building relationships with patients, physicians and other health care organizations through comprehensive programs and a robust transfer center. These approaches have resulted in a 6.9 percent increase in patient admissions over the last five years, with much of the increase being seen in those patients requiring tertiary-level care.P8P9

Both floors include intermediate monitoring, which allows a higher level of care without the patient having to be moved to a different room or floor. This is an important feature as cardiac patients often are transferred several times in one hospitalization. Other technological advances include a smart nurse call system, allowing the patient to better direct their request for care to hospital personnel. Each patient room will have an interactive white board, or monitor, which provides their nurse’s name, important phone numbers and educational information relevant to the patient’s health care needs. In addition, patients will be able to choose meals from a full room-service menu beginning in January.

Building upon the current advances already available at Cooper, we made several changes to enhance the quality of patient-centered care. Units now have stations for nurse and physician collaboration. Nurse work stations are located directly outside the patient room to increase visual monitoring, as well as provide easier access for patients and families to reach their care giver. Another unique feature is the nurse server unit which houses supplies and linens that can be accessed from both inside or outside the room to reduce disturbances to the patient.

Each private patient room has a spa-like bathroom with mosaic tiles and an easy-access shower. For the patient’s visitors, there is a comfortable sleeper sofa as well as a workspace for a lap top. There is also a private safe in each room.

One of the highlights of the floors are the large murals of South Jersey landmarks throughout the hallways and waiting areas. The artwork creates a feeling of nostalgia and familiarity and provides a respite for patients and family members.

The units will open to patients on Monday, August 11, 2014. As we continue to prepare the units for opening, we remind you that access to these units prior to opening will be restricted, unless accompanied by someone on the planning team. The restricted access applies to the entirety of both units, including, but not limited to, the family waiting rooms, consult rooms and conference rooms.

Thank you for all your continued support as we welcome our patients to these
new floors.

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Cooper Learning Center Summer Reading Institute Celebrates Successes


On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, young participants of the Cooper Learning Center Summer Reading Institute demonstrated their reading skills with guests, corporate sponsors and representatives from Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper at an open house event.

Now in its ninth year, the six-week Cooper Learning Center Summer Reading Institute is keeping kids academically connected through fun and friendly summer reading camps held at two Camden locations.

Since its inception, the program has been offered to students in Kindergarten through grade 2 who live in the Lanning Square neighborhood of Camden. In 2012, the program was expanded to include kindergarten readiness enrichment to pre-school children through the CDI Head Start; a Child Care Center in Camden for children ages 3 through 6.

Thanks to increased donor funding, the program expanded again this year and is offered to both pre-school and school-aged children in the city’s Centerville Section through the Centerville Head Start located on South 8th Street. In total this year, 50 children are participating in the Summer Reading Institute and 40 preschoolers are taking part in the kindergarten reading readiness program.

For thousands of children living in urban areas, the instability of their socioeconomic issues can cause young students to suffer academically. Through no fault of their own, they face a grim environment plagued by poor academic standards, low morale and financial woes. Research indicates that more than 60 percent of children in the urban population are at risk for falling behind in school and 1 out of 9 who is not at the correct reading level by 1st grade, never will be.

“All of the best research highlights the value of early intervention with the right approaches,” said Dr. Richard Selznick, Director of the Cooper Learning Center. “Targeting core skills early can have tremendous impact. The summer is a great time to work on these skills. Our goal is to provide a foundation in a positive and fun environment that reinforces the skills learned.”

The program is made possible thanks to the generous and ongoing support from local businesswoman, Anne E. Koons of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors, Cherry Hill Office, and the Cooper Women’s Board and the Cooper Foundation.

“I was thrilled to be able to help expand the program this year and hope to continue to do so in the future because seeing these children learn to read, overcome learning disabilities and feel good about themselves makes it all worthwhile,” said Anne E. Koons. “Watching the fantastic support of the parents this year reminded me of the lessons my parents taught of giving back to our communities and bettering lives through educational opportunities like this program.”


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Cooper University Health Care Finalizes Agreement Gaining Minority Interest in AmeriHealth New Jersey

AmeriHealth New Jersey and Cooper University Health Care announced they have finalized their agreement, which is transforming the delivery of health care in New Jersey. Under the transaction, Cooper University Health Care receives 20 percent minority interest in AmeriHealth New Jersey. The venture, announced last April, is unprecedented between a health insurer and hospital system in the state.

The goal of the collaboration between the two organizations is to work together to develop and offer an expanded suite of co-branded health products and an accountable care model for New Jersey residents.

“We are pleased at the interest we have seen in our Silver Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plans that became available on the Individual and SHOP Marketplaces in October,” said Judith L. Roman, president and CEO of AmeriHealth New Jersey. “We are equally excited about the progress made on the accountable care model we have built together, which will enable patients to have easier access to their physicians as well as enhanced communication with them.”

The pay-for-performance model jointly designed by AmeriHealth New Jersey and Cooper University Health Care aims to achieve three key goals:

  • Reward the delivery of high-quality and cost-effective care.
  • Incent and encourage collaboration and care coordination across the delivery system among the hospital, specialists and primary care physicians.
  • Promote clinical integration of a hospital and its medical staff.

“We have been very pleased with our initial co-branded AmeriHealth Cooper Advantage insurance product, which was launched in late 2013. Patients in South Jersey have embraced the program, with more than 11,000 enrolling in the first six months. This surpassed our projections by over 400 percent,” said Eli Winkler, senior vice president of Growth and Development for Cooper University Health Care. “This confirms our belief that patients are seeking high-quality, affordable healthcare plans and that they trust Cooper and AmeriHealth New Jersey for their healthcare needs.”

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Dr. Hong Named President-Elect of National Disaster Consortium

hongWe are pleased to announce that Rick Hong, MD, FACEP, Head of the Division of Emergency Medical Services, Disaster Medicine and Transport Medicine at Cooper University Health Care, has been named President-Elect of the National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium (NDLSEC).

We congratulate Dr. Hong on his election to head a national organization that impacts the training of medical professionals across the country for national disasters. As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey and state Medical Coordination Center in South Jersey, Cooper is the nexus of southern New Jersey’s network of emergency medical services and disaster management. Dr. Hong has provided strong leadership regionally over the years and his skills and knowledge will be an asset at the national level.

The mission of the NDLSEC is to achieve and promote excellence in education, training and research related to disaster medicine and public health preparedness for all health professionals based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices. It comprises the National Disaster Life Support Foundation, professional organizations and individuals with an interest in disaster medicine and public health preparedness.

Courses are conducted through 80 domestic and 12 international affiliated training centers. Cooper University Hospital has been a Regional Training Center since 2007 and more than 1,500 individuals have been certified through Cooper since that time.

In 2009, Dr. Hong was named Outstanding EMS Physician by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of EMS. In 2010, he received the EMS Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians® (NJACEP). He was also part of the first group of physicians to obtain board certification in EMS from the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 2013.

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KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Family Festival

kippcooperfestivalResidents of the Lanning Square and Cooper Plaza neighborhoods in Camden attended the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Family Festival at the site of the new KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy at Lanning Square located at the corner of South 5th Street and Washington Street.

The community event was sponsored by the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, the state’s first renaissance public school; the Cooper Foundation, the charitable arm of Cooper University Health Care; the Norcross Foundation; Center for Family Services; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; Cooper Lanning Civic Association, Inc.; Lanning Square West Association; Mayor Dana Redd and the City of Camden.

Families enjoyed music, carnival games, pony rides, jugglers, stilt walkers, face painters and superheroes Spiderman, Buzz Lightyear, Ninja Turtle, Dora the Explorer and Diego, and the Rivershark mascot. Health screenings were  provided by Cooper University Health Care.

The festival’s “Taste of Camden” showcased the diversity of Camden’s restaurants, featuring Latino food from Arelis Restaurant and the Latin American Restaurant, soul food from Corinne’s Place and Cathedral Kitchen, the Camden cookie from Respond Inc., American pizza and fried chicken from Penn Pizza, Temple II Pizza and Vitarelli’s on the Delaware, and red, white and blue treats from Rita’s Water Ice of Camden.

“This August, we will welcome 104 kindergarten students and 50 pre-school students as our inaugural class of the new KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy,” said Drew Martin, Executive Director, KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy. “This community festival celebrates our kindergarten and pre-school students, future students and their families as we open our school.”

As the state’s first renaissance public school, the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy will grow to serve more than 1,000 students from pre-K to 8th grade who live in the Lanning Square and Cooper Plaza neighborhoods. The 110,000 square-foot school is being built on the site of the former Lanning Square Family School.

“We are excited to partner with KIPP New Jersey to provide children in our community a first-class education,” said George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Cooper University Health Care. “We are committed to working with our Camden neighbors to fulfill Cooper’s mission—to serve, to heal and, with the Kipp Cooper Norcross Academy, to educate.”

The KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Camden network will ultimately include five schools with two elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school, serving more than 2,800 students from pre-K to 12th grade. The Camden network of schools will provide a longer school day and school year, allowing more learning time. In addition, the schools will offer a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, the latest technology to educate students, parent access to teachers and athletic fields. Cooper University Health Care and the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University will also provide unique opportunities for mentoring and programs for the students.

“We are proud to be a part of the community’s renaissance as we build a school here in the Cooper Lanning neighborhood, right where it belongs,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cooper Foundation. “The overwhelming support of Camden residents is proof that we are on the right track.”

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