(Camden, New Jersey) Cooper University Hospital has received a generous gift from Dennis and Cathy DiFlorio of Voorhees, N.J., for the new Cooper Healing Garden to be constructed later this year. The DiFlorio’s donated $375,000 towards the construction of the healing garden, which will be named in their honor. The Healing Garden is part of the new Patient Pavilion on the Cooper Camden campus which opened in December 2008.
The DiFlorio Family Healing Garden, adjacent to the Pavilion lobby and Garden Walk, will be a place of quiet beauty and natural light, providing a contemplative and comforting haven for patients, families and Cooper staff. This scenic, outdoor garden will feature a water-wall fountain (providing soothing sounds of rainfall), evergreen trees, sculptures and an array of plants and flowers.
Dennis DiFlorio was formerly the Chairman of Commerce Bank. He joined Cooper’s Board of Trustees in May 2008 and immediately began to contribute his energy, enthusiasm and financial expertise. They are active in several community organizations.
“We are extremely delighted to be the beneficiaries of this magnificent gift,” said Edward D. Viner, M.D., Chairman of the Cooper Foundation. “Mr. and Mrs. DiFlorio’s very generous donation will enable us to move ahead with this important project which will improve the overall patient experience at Cooper.”
Fully funded through philanthropic donations, the Garden Campaign seeks to raise $750,000 to build the garden. For more information about the DiFlorio Family Healing Garden, please call The Cooper Foundation at (856) 342-2222.