A new Cooper Cancer Institute building took another step forward as the Camden City Planning Board adopted the Preliminary and Final site plan late last week for a new $105 million, five-story facility for comprehensive cancer care. The center will expand access to cancer treatment in Camden and South Jersey and complement the Cooper cancer programs already offered in Voorhees and Camden. The 158,300 square-foot Cooper Cancer Institute will be located on the Health Sciences Campus in Camden.
After a public hearing in February, the Camden City Planning Board unanimously granted Minor Subdivision approval and Preliminary and Final site plan approval. At the March 10 Planning Board meeting, the board adopted the resolutions for the approvals issued in February.
“This is an important milestone in continuing to move Camden forward and expand healthcare resources in the region,” said George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of the Board at Cooper. “We are building upon the momentum of the opening of the Roberts Pavilion, the development of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and now the new Cancer Center. Camden is becoming the healthcare destination in our region.”
“South Jersey cancer patients deserve to have all their treatment options close to home in a comprehensive and caring center, without leaving the state,” said John P. Sheridan, Jr., President and CEO of Cooper.
The new Cooper Cancer Institute will provide medical care in a setting where clinicians of multiple disciplines will be involved in the delivery of personalized cancer care, utilize state-of-the-art technology in treatment and research, and will foster the recruitment of key faculty and support staff.
The Cooper Cancer Institute currently offers comprehensive programs for breast, lung, gastrointestinal, hematologic, prostate, gynecologic, colorectal, brain, and various other malignancies.
The new, state-of-the-art facility will be built on an under-utilized, existing surface parking lot at the intersection of Haddon Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, directly across the street from the Emergency Department entrance of Cooper’s main hospital. The steel and glass building is designed to meet the programmatic needs for comprehensive cancer care.
The building will include three floors of clinical space and two floors of administrative and research space. Access to the building on the Health Sciences Campus from multiple highways is easy and convenient.
“Progress in Camden is more than just a new building; it’s bringing a needed service to the people of the region and working with our community to develop programs that will meet their specific needs. That’s our goal as we expand our cancer services for South Jersey,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation.