Important Information Regarding Papal Visit to Philadelphia and Impact on Services at Cooper

To Our Patients,  Families and Visitors:

Thank you for choosing  Cooper. As you are probably aware, the city of Philadelphia is hosting two large scale events, the World Meeting of Families taking place from September 22 through September 25, 2015,  and Pope Francis’ visit on September 26 and September 27, 2015.

As announced by regional authorities, due to security concerns and the large number of visitors expected at these two events, road and bridge closures in the region and revised public transportation schedules will impact travel in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This will affect travel times to and from Cooper University Hospital.

Other Important Information About Cooper Services During This Time:

  • There will be no changes in patient visiting hours. However, please note that you may experience travel delays and/or parking limitations in Camden City. Please allow at least two-to four-times the normal travel time.
  • The Emergency Department and all acute care services  at Cooper  will be open as normal.
  • All suburban outpatient offices will be open as normal.
  • Outpatient offices located in Two Cooper Plaza and Three Cooper Plaza will be closed  on Saturday,  September 26 and will re-openon  Monday, September 28 at noon. Appointments previously scheduled have been  moved to suburban  offices in the suburbs or rescheduled.
  • Cooper’s three community-based Urgent Care Centers in Cherry Hill, Audubon and Sicklerville, NJ, will have expanded  hours  from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.

If  you have  any question, please contact the  Patient Relations Department at 856.342.2432.

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Therapy Dog Training Coming to Cooper in September

 Dave Swift and his greater Swiss mountain dog, Delia, are one of the pet therapy teams currently at Cooper.

Dave Swift and his greater Swiss mountain dog, Delia, are one of the pet therapy teams currently at Cooper.

Attention, dog owners! Do you have a canine friend that is especially gentle, affectionate and loves people? If so, you might want to consider becoming part of a volunteer pet therapy team.

Cooper is Partnering with PAWS for People to offer training for potential pet therapy teams at the hospital on Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  in Roberts Pavilion, Room 1014.

Several pet therapy teams already make regular visits at Cooper. If you or someone you know wants to help others by sharing the affection of your dog, this is a great way to get involved.

To get involved, go to and complete the online application. PAWS will contact you with the next steps. The cost is $35. For those pet therapy teams that successfully pass the training, PAWS offers opportunities to volunteer at Cooper as well as a variety of nursing homes, schools and other organizations in the community.

Space is limited.



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New Jersey Changes Car Seat Laws

Happy baby buckled into rear-facing car seatThe state of New Jersey has made important changes to its Car Seat Law. These changes take effect September 1, 2015. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Children under the age of 2 and weighing less than 30 pounds must be in a rear facing car seat with a five-point harness. The car seat must be in a rear seat of the vehicle.
  • From age 2 through age 4 and weighing up to 40 pounds, children must be secured in a seat with a five-point harness, rear facing until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing car seat, then in a forward-facing seat in the rear seat of the vehicle.
  • For ages 4 until age 8 and less than 57” (4’9”), children must be seated in a five-point harness seat until they reach the upper limits of the seat, then in a belt-positioning booster seat, also in the rear seat of the vehicle.
  • Age 8 through 17 must wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt.
  • If there are no rear seats (e.g., standard cab pickup truck), the child must be secured in the appropriate car seat or booster for their age, weight and height, in the front passenger seat.
  • If the child is in a rear-facing car seat, the passenger side airbag must be disabled or turned off.

If you have questions, need more information or would like to schedule a Safe Kids presentation for your school or community organization, contact SafeKids Southern New Jersey at 856.342.2082 or

Register for one of our upcoming free car seat safety inspections. 

Register for one of our Baby 101: Newborn Care and Car seat Safety classes.

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Named No. 1 Cancer Hospital in U.S.

mdandersonTXU.S. News & World Report has released the results of its Top Hospitals Survey – and, once again, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, is ranked the No. 1 cancer hospital in the U.S.

MD Anderson has earned a reputation over the past 75 years as the global leader in cancer care, research, prevention and education. Since this annual survey launched in 1990, MD Anderson has ranked among the top two cancer hospitals, and for 11 of the past 14 years, they’ve achieved top billing in the country. MD Anderson also ranks first in the total amount of grant funds awarded by the National Cancer Institute.

Since partnering with MD Anderson in 2013 to open MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, patients in the North East region have benefited from the most advanced cancer care available anywhere. We congratulate our partner in Houston on this prestigious recognition!

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Memorial Hospital of Salem County and Cooper University Health Care Team up to Enhance Emergency Care in Salem County

salemhospitalCooper University Health Care (CUHC) has entered into an alliance with The Memorial Hospital of Salem County (MHSC) to provide physician coverage for the Emergency Department and Hospitalist program at the Salem County hospital.

As of July 1, 2015, Cooper physicians are staffing the MHSC Emergency Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  All physicians are board-certified/board–eligible in emergency medicine and will work in conjunction with the Cooper Hospitalists, who are already providing care to MHSC patients.

“This unique relationship will enhance the MHSC brand and community perception by leveraging Cooper’s reputation as a health care leader in South Jersey and the region,” said MHSC Chairman of the Board Ralph Padilla. “This alliance will bring not only a higher level of specialized care to our community, but also provide continuity of care for patients and physicians by having a dedicated team of hospitalists working hand-in-hand with emergency medicine specialists from Cooper.”

“As an academic tertiary care health system, our priority at Cooper is to bring the highest level of care and services to the region,” said Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper University Health Care. “Patients will benefit from the skills and high standards of emergency care provided by Cooper’s physicians.”

“The Emergency Room experience for our patients will be enhanced and improved with the addition of Cooper emergency physicians,” said Chief Executive Officer Ryan Jensen, FACHE. “Inpatient care will also be improved and enhanced with the addition of Cooper Hospitalists. Our patients will benefit from access to the highest level of skilled health-care provided by a university-level teaching hospital.”

The Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital of Salem County treated more than 21,000 patients in 2014 and to date is on track to see more than 22,000 patients in 2015. Serving as Medical Director for the Emergency Department is Beth Lovell, MD.

“This is a ‘win-win’ for all involved – our patients, our community, for Cooper as well,” said MHSC Medical Director John Amrien, MD.

Emergency Medicine Resources at Cooper

Cooper University Hospital operates a high-volume Emergency Department, handling more than 81,000 cases in 2014, as well as three Urgent Care Centers staffed by emergency department physicians in Cherry Hill, Audubon and Sicklerville. As a leader in Emergency Medicine, Cooper provides medical direction and ongoing training to more than two dozen EMS operators in southern New Jersey.

In addition, Cooper is one of only three New Jersey State-Designated Level I Trauma Centers verified by the American College of Surgeons, the highest national recognition possible. Cooper was also recently verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Cooper serves as the regional Trauma Center for southern New Jersey including Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean and Salem counties and acts as a resource for the Level II Trauma Centers in our region. The Trauma Center has medical experts from every field including surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, anesthesia and cardiology.

As part of its trauma services, Cooper operates a critical care air medical transportation helicopter which is staffed with an experienced crew that includes flight nurses and paramedics.  Based at the Millville Municipal Airport in Millville, Cumberland County, Cooper Air Two is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide rapid emergency transit from the seven counties of southern New Jersey to Cooper.

Hospitalists Care for Inpatients

Earlier this year, MHSC patients began benefiting from the addition of Cooper Hospitalists to the staff. A hospitalist is a doctor who practices exclusively in the hospital setting, managing a patient’s care while in the hospital. Studies have shown that patients who were co-managed by hospitalists and their own private physicians experienced fewer transfers to an intensive care unit, fewer postoperative complications and increased efficiency of discharge.

“Because hospitalists don’t have the conflicting demands of a private practice and practice solely on-site at the hospital, they are able to devote more time to making rounds and effectively coordinating patient care with other specialists, both of which contribute to enhanced quality of care and patient safety,” said Inciya Rangwalla-Malickel, DO, Director of the MHSC-Cooper Hospitalist program.

“Having Cooper ED physicians staff our Emergency Department is a big benefit to our community,” said Mr. Jensen. “But when you combine their presence with that of the Cooper Hospitalists, you strengthen the core of our hospital. By aligning with a clinical academic medical center, we not only improve the quality of care we provide but also improve the continuity of care from the front door of our Emergency Department to acute care on patient floors.”

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