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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Cooper Executive Among Experts at National ACO Summit

beizchIn the rapidly evolving health care marketplace, payers and providers are forming novel relationships involving a wide variation of risk-bearing arrangements. Louis S. Bezich, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the Center for Population Health at Cooper, was invited to be part of a prestigious panel of experts that discussed “Emerging Payer-Provider Accountable Care Models” at the Fifth National Accountable Care Organization Summit held in Washington, DC.

Cooper is the first provider in New Jersey to take an equity position in an insurance company and the AmeriHealth New Jersey’s Cooper Advantage Plan was the first provider-branded insurance product offered on the New Jersey marketplace exchange.

Bezich spoke of key lessons learned in developing new accountable care models between payers and providers. He presented a case study on Cooper’s relationship with AmeriHealth New Jersey and discussed the merits of the program and how it can serve as a model for other health providers. Cooper and AmeriHealth have a comprehensive relationship that includes a co-branded insurance product currently on the market, a Patient-Centered Medical Home Program and a high-utilizer pilot known as the Employee-Centered Medical Home, among other initiatives.

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Cooper Breast Imaging Center at Ripa in Voorhees: A Designated ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

The Cooper Breast Imaging Center at The Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness located on Cooper’s Voorhees campus has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

By awarding the BICOE designation, the ACR affirms that the Cooper Breast Imaging Center at Ripa has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

“This accreditation affirms that we are a full-care facility committed to serving all of our patients’ breast health needs,” said Lydia Liao, MD, PhD, MPH, Head of the Division of Cooper Breast Imaging Center (CBIC). “We have an outstanding team and women can come to us and feel confident knowing that they will receive the highest level of care from a knowledgeable, compassionate staff.”


Radiology Techs: (L to R) Lisa Della Vecchia, Marlene Vesci, Lee Hak and Sue Schaffhauser.

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 highly skilled and experienced physicians and staff at Cooper. In early 2014, the center moved to an expanded facility to meet the growing need for services.

The Ripa Center is one of a select number of facilities in the United States to offer the cutting-edge Sensory Suite mammography. The sensory suite enhances a patient’s experience by providing a personalized, calming environment utilizing the patient’s senses with sight, smell and hearing during a mammography examination. Cooper also offers Contrast Enhanced Diagnostic Mammogram (CESM), a technology that can be used as an alternate to traditional mammography for patients with dense breast tissue. CESM is available at Cooper’s Main Voorhees campus directly across the street from the Ripa Center.

In addition to primary care and gynecologic and obstetrical services, The Ripa Center offers osteoporosis testing, wellness programs, fitness and nutrition classes and more.

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