Cooper University Health Care Opens Expanded Emergency Department

Today, Cooper University Health Care opened a new 5,500 square-foot addition to its Emergency Department (ED) featuring 10 state-of-the-art exam rooms that will improve the patient experience and reduce wait times.

“Cooper has one of the busiest emergency departments in the region as the only Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey, this addition will help us better serve our community and improve the patient experience in the ED,” said  Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co-president of Cooper University Health Care.

Nationally, there has been a growing increase in emergency department volume, leading to extended wait times. Over the last several years, Cooper has experienced steady increases in volume in its ED from 58,500 in 2009 to 78,912 in 2017.

“The space will allow us to triage and separate patients according to the severity of their illnesses and injuries and move them through the ED more effectively and efficiently than we could with the limited space we had,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-president of Cooper.

About Emergency Care at Cooper University Health Care

The Emergency Department at Cooper provides treatment to patients with a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, some of which may be life-threatening and require immediate attention.

  • Cooper provides patients with 24/7 access to specialists in cardiology, surgery, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, urology, and pediatrics in addition to social service assistance, lab services, medical imaging, and cardiopulmonary services.
  • Cooper is the only hospital in southern New Jersey that provides a dedicated pediatric emergency room staffed with board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians.
  • Cooper offers a Level 1 Vascular Emergency Program with a team of world-renowned, expert vascular surgeons who are capable of treating all vascular emergencies.
  • Cooper is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and provides the highest standard of care, including diagnosis, prevention, and treatment, for patients with stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases.
  • Cooper, one of only three state-designated Level 1 Trauma Centers in New Jersey, is the only hospital in the Delaware Valley that provides trauma care for both adults and children. Each year, Cooper treats nearly 3,000 patients, making it one of the busiest trauma centers in the state.
  • Since January 2016, Cooper has been providing integrated BLS and ALS Emergency Medical Service in the City Camden.
  • For the convenience of patients with minor illnesses and injuries, Cooper operates four community-based Urgent Care Centers in Audubon, Cherry Hill, Cinnaminson, and Runnemede, NJ.

About Cooper University Health Care

Cooper University Health Care is the leading academic tertiary health care system and the only state-designated Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey with a mission to serve, to heal, to educate. With more than 630 physicians, more than 7,000 employees, and a network of more than 100 medical offices and four urgent care centers throughout the region, Cooper offers signature programs in cardiology, critical care, neurosciences, pediatrics, orthopaedics, and surgical specialties. The Cooper Health Sciences Campus is home to Cooper University Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. For more information about Cooper University Health Care, visit


Wendy A. Marano
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