The Chairman of the Board of the Cooper University Hospital, George E. Norcross, III, announced tonight that The Cooper Foundation raised more than $1 million at the first-ever Cooper Red Hot Gala, demonstrating the strength of community support for the hospital and its initiatives.
“The success of the Gala in raising $1 million further demonstrates that Cooper is a healthcare leader in the Delaware Valley,” said Norcross, the Honorary Chair of the Cooper Red Hot Gala, along with his wife, Sandy. “This signals tremendous support for Cooper as it expands educational opportunities for medical professionals, leading to a higher quality of care for our patients.”
The Gala, held tonight at the Hyatt at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, honored Norcross and his wife, Sandy, for their long-time commitment to Cooper and the city of Camden. More than 800 guests attended the event, including medical, business and community leaders from across the Delaware Valley.
“This is a million dollar night for Cooper University Hospital and the people of the Delaware Valley,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “Thanks to our generous and committed donors, Cooper takes another step forward in achieving its mission of delivering world-class patient care in a state-of-the-art setting that promotes education, research and community.”
A generous gift from a prominent South Jersey physician and his family will help aspiring doctors receive a state-of-the-art education in patient treatment at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU).
Dr. Michael Renzi, of Haddonfield, will fund The Renzi Family Clinical Simulation Rooms at CMSRU, for an amount the family wishes not to publicly disclose.
“The medical community is excited about the prospect of a new generation of physicians being trained right here in South Jersey and the impact they will have on our region,” said Renzi. “My family is pleased to be able to support that effort with simulation rooms that utilize cutting-edge technology to help medical school students learn to provide the very best patient care.”
The clinical simulation rooms will provide the key to learning the complicated procedures and processes necessary for medical students to understand the practice of medicine, according to Dr. Paul Katz, founding dean of CMSRU. The rooms will be equipped to provide live monitoring/observation and will feature video recording to “allow for the debriefing that leads to reflective learning,” said Katz.
The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble is multi-generational performance group well known for their energetic performances and exuberant staging and costumes. Performances feature African Dance, accompanied by drum and masquerade.
“Watching and listening to this ensemble perform is an amazing experience,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “We are lucky to have this talent right here in Camden, and Cooper is pleased the group will be part of the Gala.”
The Cooper Foundation of Cooper University Hospital will host the Cooper Red Hot Gala on Saturday, March 26. The event will raise funds to support the expansion of the hospital’s Simulation Laboratory, which provides high-tech training for thousands of medical professionals each year.
The Gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency at Penns Landing in Philadelphia and will honor hospital Chairman George E. Norcross and his wife, Sandy, for their long-time commitment to Cooper and the City of Camden.
“The first ever Cooper Red Hot Gala is sure to be a party you won’t want to miss,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “The event will be a celebration of Cooper and its role in the community and will raise funds for critical healthcare education and training.”