The Cooper Foundation announced today a $20,000 grant from the Jack Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in honor of George E. Norcross III, Chairman of the Cooper Board of Trustees. The grant will support the Bright Beginnings Neonatal Follow-Up Program at The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper.
“It is my pleasure to accept this generous grant on behalf of Cooper University Health Care,” Norcross said. “The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper has distinguished itself as the only state designated children’s hospital in South Jersey. This donation will ensure that Cooper continues to offer the most comprehensive pediatric services in the region.”
The Bright Beginnings Program at Cooper will benefit from the grant. The program provides care and services through specialists in newborn and child health for an underserved community that may not have access to the attention, management and health assessments that families need to care for their fragile infants.
“Our Foundation’s priority is to help children receive quality care in the communities where they live,” said Honorary Chairman Jack Nicklaus. “We believe The Bright Beginnings Program at Cooper provides the specialty care families need right in their own backyard.”
Through the Bright Beginnings Program, physicians, clinical nurses and nurse coordinators assist parents in adjusting to the transition from neonatal nursery to caring for their child at home. Social workers facilitate appropriate referrals for transportation, financial needs, medical day care, specialized medical equipment/supplies and insurance issues.
“The Bright Beginnings program plays a vital role in our community, offering the critical services and resources needed in the City of Camden,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “We are grateful for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation’s commitment to our littlest patients.”
The Nicklaus family founded the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in 2004 in an effort to provide children access to world-class pediatric healthcare in their own communities. Collaborating with children’s hospitals across the country, the Foundation has grown from a vision to reality, supporting innovative programs focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood illnesses.
“When Jack and I were young parents, we quickly discovered the importance of accessible quality pediatric healthcare,” said Barbara Nicklaus, Chairman of the Board of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. “We always said that if we were ever in a position to help someone, our focus would be children. Our family’s passion to help children is what originally led us to create the Foundation.”