Camden Girl Scouts Visit MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper to Explore Careers in STEM

Through a partnership with The Cooper Foundation, the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey (GSCSNJ), and Brimm Medical Arts High School in Camden, 20 Camden students visited MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper on Thursday, February 28, 2019, for a behind the scenes look at STEM-related careers.

Dr Vivian Bea

Dr Vivian Bea

After a tour of the state-of-the-art cancer center, students had the opportunity to hear from a radiation therapist, an infusion nurse, a clinical researcher, and Dr. Vivian Bea, a breast surgeon at MD Anderson at Cooper, to learn about their career paths, their work at the cancer center, and the technology and equipment used to care for patients.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Girl Scouts to talk with students about careers in STEM,” said Dr. Bea. “We need more women in medicine, science, and technology and these Girl Scouts represent the future.”

“At Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, girls learn by doing,” stated Kimberly Bryson, chief operating officer of GSCSNJ. “We are committed to providing our Girl Scouts with opportunities to explore STEM fields and are grateful to Cooper for giving Brimm students access to MD Anderson at Cooper to discover their passions and hear from women in leadership roles.”

As the philanthropic, community outreach, and community development arm of Cooper University Health Care, The Cooper Foundation seeks to engage Camden residents in a variety of programs and activities. The Community Outreach Department at GSCSNJ connected with The Cooper Foundation to participate in their STEMstational: STEM Girl Scouts Series. This collaboration allows for an enriching, hands-on learning experience.

“Girl Scouts prepare girls for a lifetime of leadership,” said Susan Bass Levin, president and CEO of The Cooper Foundation and a former Girl Scout. “This program gives girls confidence, skills, and the opportunity to explore a new world.”


About The Cooper Foundation
The Cooper Foundation serves as the philanthropic, community outreach, and community development arm of Cooper University Health Care, one of the largest health systems in southern New Jersey with more than 100 outpatient offices and its flagship, Cooper University Hospital located in Camden, NJ.

About MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Cooper University Health Care and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – a world-renowned cancer center – have partnered to create MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. The physicians at MD Anderson at Cooper adhere to the practice standards, treatment protocols, and guidelines set by MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. Disease-site specific multidisciplinary teams consisting of physicians, nurses, and other clinical specialists work together to provide cancer patients with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies, access to a wide range of groundbreaking clinical trials, and dynamic patient-physician relationships. A full complement of support services provides complete, compassionate care for our patients.

About Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey

The Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey is the premier leadership organization for girls, serving over 18,000 girls in nine counties throughout central and southern New Jersey. Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership by empowering girls to take on challenges,discover their passions, take action in their communities, and engage in relevant experiences that build life-long skills. We believe that providing an all-girl, girl-led space builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. To join, volunteer, or learn more, visit the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ at www.gscsnj.org or call us at 856-795-1560.

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Katie Hardesty
The Cooper Foundation
856.361.1729
hardesty-catherine@cooperhealth.edu

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