Cooper Verified as Level II Pediatric Trauma Center


Nicole M. Fox, MD, MPH, FACS, Medical Director of Pediatric Trauma

Cooper University Hospital has been verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), announced Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper University Health Care. Cooper is the first hospital in South Jersey and the second among the New Jersey’s Level I trauma centers to achieve this verification.

“This achievement demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest level of care and the most advanced life-saving measures for children as well as adults in need of trauma care and to saving lives,” said Kirby. “When it comes to the most serious injuries, access to comprehensive pediatric expertise is critical. This verification recognizes Cooper’s pediatric expertise and immediate, 24/7 access to specialists who can provide the most appropriate care for the best outcomes.”

Cooper voluntarily sought the verification, which included an on-site survey of the hospital and a review of 229 ACS standards.

Cooper is the only hospital in the Delaware Valley that provides trauma care for both adults and children. Each year, Cooper treats nearly 3,000 patients, making it one of the busiest trauma centers in the state. Nearly 15 percent of those treated are children that are severely injured in motor vehicle crashes, falls, accidents and acts of violence.

“Our number of pediatric cases has steadily increased over the years, and from 2013 to 2014 we saw over an 11 percent increase,” said Nicole M. Fox, MD, MPH, FACS, Medical Director of Pediatric Trauma. “Having met the American College of Surgeons rigorous verification process validates our expertise and provides reassurance to the community that we can keep families together if the need for trauma care arises.”

The Trauma Center at Cooper was established in 1982 and 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 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, orthopaedics, anesthesia and cardiology.

In 2014, the Cooper Trauma Center hosted its first “Celebration of Life” in honor of pediatric trauma survivors, which reunited patients and their families with the expert team that helped save their lives.

“We are excited to host our second celebration in September 2015,” said Stacey Staman, RN, MSN, CCRN, Pediatric Trauma Program Coordinator.

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Cooper Study Published In Leading Medical Journal Examines Long-Term Survival of Critically Ill Patients Requiring Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation

Study Finds Fewer Than Half of Patients Survive One Year

Critical Care and Emergency Medicine researchers at Cooper University Hospital and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) have published a study on long-term outcomes for critically ill patients requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, a specialty journal of The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals.

The research was a meta-analysis of the worldwide data on long-term survival for patients who require mechanical ventilation for 14 or more days after a critical illness.  The study found that while a high proportion of patients survived to hospital discharge, only half were able to be fully weaned off of the ventilator, and fewer than half of the patients were still alive at the one year mark.

“The evolution of modern-day critical care has saved innumerable lives, but presents new challenges,” said Emily Damuth, M.D., lead author of the study and a Critical Care/Emergency Medicine specialist at Cooper and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine at CMSRU.  “We have found that while the use of prolonged mechanical ventilation in a distinct population of ICU patients permits protracted survival, they often do not achieve full recovery.”

“In the United States alone approximately $35 billion is spent annually treating patients with chronic critical illness,” said Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH, senior author on the study and Head of Critical Care Medicine at Cooper and Associate Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine at CMSRU.  “Long-term survival for these patients, however, has not been fully understood. We think that the results of this study can provide useful information for ICU clinicians that can help facilitate discussions of prognosis with patients and their families.”

The next step for this line of research is to move beyond long-term survival and focus on quality of life among survivors, according to Dr. Trzeciak.  Future studies should focus on optimal patient selection for prolonged mechanical ventilation and integration of long-term quality of life information into clinical decision-making.

The full study can be found here.

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Cooper Names Trauma Step-Down Nurse as DAISY Award Winner

daisy2qCooper University Health Care has named Kristina Kelly, RN, of Riverside, NJ, as the most recent DAISY Award winner.

The DAISY Award, established by The DAISY Foundation, is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. It is presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Each quarter, Cooper will honor a nurse with The DAISY Award.

Kelly, a nurse on Cooper’s Kelemen 7 Trauma Step-Down unit, was selected among 68 nominees. She was nominated by the family of Dillon Kelly (no relation) for the way she cared for him and was an advocate for their entire family following a traumatic car accident in January 2015.

According to the Kelly family, “Kristina was truly one-of-a-kind. Nothing could alleviate our fears until we met this special nurse. Her compassion and empathy was astounding. She was with us night and day, answered all our questions and eased our minds in the worst of situations.”

As Dillon recovered, Kelly educated the entire family about his home care prior to discharge.

“Kristina took an unbearable situation and made it bearable for our family,” said Siobhan Kelly, Dillon’s mother.

Dillon has since recovered from his injuries, and the entire family was in attendance to help present the award to Kelly.

Kelly has been a member of the Cooper staff since 2013. A graduate of Holy Family University, Philadelphia, Kelly has been a registered nurse for three years.

Each quarter’s winner receives a DAISY Award recipient pin, a Healer’s Touch hand-carved statue, an award certificate and a gift certificate for cinnamon rolls from Cinnabon. In addition, the selected nurse’s unit receives a banner to post for the quarter.

Anyone—patients, families and professional colleagues—may nominate a Cooper nurse for The DAISY Award. The DAISY nomination materials are located on nursing units and other public locations throughout the main Cooper campus and outpatient offices, as well as online through the Cooper website. Visit to learn more.

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Special Delivery for Moms Who Won’t Be Home to Celebrate Mother’s Day

motherdayblog2On May 8, 2015, The Lauren Rose Albert Foundation/Mother’s Matter Program visited Cooper University Hospital to deliver more than 100 gift baskets to mothers, grandmothers and caregivers who are hospitalized or have a family member hospitalized and won’t be home for Mother’s Day.

Since Mother’s Day 2001, the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation has reached out to mothers-in- need by donating hundreds of gift baskets overflowing with personal health and beauty care products to various community organizations, charities and health care facilities during the week of Mother’s Day. The gift baskets were given to new moms who just delivered their babies, oncology patients, trauma patient family members and others.

School children, girl scouts, businesses and community organizations and agencies as well as local and county governments and colleges participate through Mothers Matter collection drives, contributions and volunteer support. Mothers Matter volunteers assemble beautiful gift baskets which are delivered in time for Mother’s Day; each gift bears the message that “Mothers Matter.” Now a year-round effort, Mothers Matter volunteers assembled and delivered more than 30,000 Mother’s Day Gift Baskets to day care centers, women’s shelters and safe houses, pediatric medical day care facilities, women’s agencies, hospitals and other facilities that serve the needs of women.


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Teens in Hospital Get New Hangout

New Teen Lounge Opens at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper

The Cooper Foundation, in partnership with the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation and the Ravitz Family Foundation, today celebrated the opening of the new Teen Lounge at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper.

“This new Teen Lounge is designed to be a special place for our adolescent patients, where they can take a break from their hospital stay, have fun and meet others their own age who can relate to what they are going through,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation.  “We are especially thankful to the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation and the Ravitz Family Foundation for their generous support in making this important project a reality.”


The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation and the Ravitz Family Foundation each donated $10,000 for the creation of the Teen Lounge, which is outfitted with a flat-screen television, comfortable couches and chairs, two computer consoles, gaming systems, board games, books and much more.

“For teens confined to a hospital, the opportunity to have fun in a well-equipped, inviting environment truly assists in the healing process,” said Gisele DiNatale, Co-founder of the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation. “Many hospitals have playrooms that are available for younger children, but when our daughter Alicia was hospitalized, we realized that teens need a welcoming space that they can call their own.”

The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper treats approximately 500 adolescent patients annually, with 25 percent of those patients facing a life-threatening illness.

“We are honored to support the Teen Lounge at Cooper,” said Steve Ravitz, Chairman of the Ravitz Family Foundation. “Now teenagers being treated at Cooper have a place where they can hang out, play games and just be a kid for a while.”

In addition, Cooper’s Child Life Team will provide programming and activities geared specifically toward teenage patients.

“An essential part of providing comprehensive, family-centered health care is recognizing the importance of the environment in helping our patients feel better. That is especially important for children and teens,” said Adrienne Kirby, President and CEO, Cooper University Health Care. “We are so thankful for this new Teen Lounge because it enhances the care we provide and helps alleviate the fear and stress associated with hospitalization.”


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