Cooper Celebrates Volunteers, Honors “Volunteer of Year”

In observance of National Volunteer Month, Cooper University Health Care recognized the hundreds of dedicated men and women who donate their time and efforts to support the hospital’s mission, to serve, to heal, to educate.

A thank-you luncheon was held on April 9, 2019, to honor 715 volunteers that contributed a total of 56,832 hours of service in 2018.  Cooper volunteers are present throughout the organization – helping on nursing units, visiting patients, and performing a variety of tasks in the business departments. Read more.

Cooper researchers find health care provider compassion is associated with lower PTSD symptoms among patients with life-threatening medical emergencies

Results of study to be published in Intensive Care Medicine

If patients experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency perceive their health care provider as compassionate, are they at a reduced risk for subsequently developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? This was something researchers at Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University explored as part of a study about the effects of compassion in health care. Read more.

Cooper Emergency Medicine Chief Honored With Humanism Award

Michael E. Chansky, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine of Cooper University Health Care and Professor at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, was recently honored with the 2019 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS).

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards recognizes exemplars of clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in their delivery of care. Read more.

NJ Health Commissioner, Congressman Donald Norcross Visited MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper to Highlight New Minimum Wage Law and Praise Cooper’s Leadership

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal joined Cooper University Health Care Co-President Kevin O’Dowd, Cooper Chairman George E. Norcross III, and Congressman Donald Norcross on Monday, April 8, 2019, as part of a series of hospital visits to highlight the positive impacts of Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of the $15 minimum wage law.

In November 2018, Cooper University Health Care became the first health care system in New Jersey to commit to raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour for full-time, part-time, and per-diem employees. Read more.

Camden Health & Athletic Association Hosts Baseball and Softball Skills and Drills Clinic for Camden Youth

The Camden Health & Athletic Association (CHAA) on Saturday hosted a free baseball and softball Skills & Drills Clinic for Camden children in partnership with the Philadelphia Phillies Jr. RBI and RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Leagues.

More than 80 children participated in the clinic, which offered boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 16 the opportunity to learn more about the sport and practice fundamentals. Read more.

Cooper Vascular Surgeon Primary Investigator for New Device to Treat Aortic Dissection

First Commercial U.S. Case Performed at Cooper Last Week

Joseph V. Lombardi, MD, FACS, head, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and director of the Cooper Aortic Center at Cooper University Health Care, served as global principal investigator for a new device to treat aortic dissection, a potentially fatal medical condition if left untreated.

Cook Medical’s Zenith Dissection Endovascular System, approved for use by the FDA earlier this year, is a type of flexible stent graft specifically used to treat patients who have a tear (dissection) in the inside lining of the descending thoracic aorta, the large artery in the chest. Read more.

Ninth Annual Cooper Red Hot Gala Raises $2.2 Million for Patient and Community Services

The Chairman of the Cooper Board of Trustees, George E. Norcross III, announced tonight that The Cooper Foundation raised $2.2 million at its ninth annual Red Hot Gala. This year’s proceeds support Cooper University Health Care’s commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and providing exceptional medical care and services for patients.

“As the leading academic health system in South Jersey, Cooper is committed to providing advanced medical care and ensuring that our neighbors have access to wellness services,” said Norcross. Read more.

Happy National Doctors Day!

Happy National Doctors’ Day to all of our Cooper physicians! Here are some of the stories that patients have shared with us about the Cooper physicians who have cared for them. We’re thankful for what they’ve done, and all they continue to do.


In recognition of Dr. Kim Rozengarten, who is STILL the best doctor I’ve ever had! I miss her wonderful patient care since I moved to TX. Read more.

The Cooper Foundation Announces a New Neighborhood Initiative, “PowerUp,” to Address Food Insecurity, Job Readiness, and Financial Literacy for Neighborhood Families

The Cooper Foundation today announced a new community initiative, PowerUp, to address food insecurity for Camden children at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy and the Center for Family Services (CFFS) Head Start program at KIPP. PowerUp will also support workforce development, job-readiness training, and financial literacy programs for families in the Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square neighborhoods in Camden.

“Promoting good health is more than physical well-being and PowerUp is designed to remove the stress of food insecurity and provide critical resources to help families improve their emotional, physical, and financial health,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. Read more.

Share Your Stories for National Doctors’ Day

Do you have a story you are willing to share about a physician whose care to you or a loved one demonstrated true excellence, compassion, and comfort? We want to hear from you!

Share your story with us and we’ll include it as part of National Doctors’ Day on March 30, a celebration of our outstanding Cooper physicians who provide healing and hope every day. Read more.