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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Cooper Verified as Level II Pediatric Trauma Center

0715_pedtruamaCooper 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 American College of Surgeons’ 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 http://www.cooperhealth.org/should-your-nurse-receive-daisy-award to learn more.

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