Subaru of America Donates Vehicle for Cooper University Health Care EMS Services

EMS physician Aman Shah, MD, and EMS Fellow Alexander Kuc, MD are part of the team that will use the new vehicle to support Cooper EMS crews in the community.

Subaru of America, Inc. has donated a new vehicle to Cooper University Health Care to expand its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fleet. The 2020 Subaru Ascent SUV will be used by Cooper Emergency Medical Services physicians in the community as back-up support for Cooper’s Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) units responding to 911 calls.

“This vehicle donation will enable Cooper to better serve the citizens of Camden.  We are thankful for this generous support from our Camden neighbor,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co- CEO of Cooper.

“Cooper EMS responds for more than 40,000 calls for service annually and, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this new vehicle will allow us to enhance our services,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-CEO of Cooper.

Through Subaru Loves to Care, the health-focused philanthropic pillar of the Subaru Love Promise vision, Cooper received support for four vehicles from the automaker in 2015. As part of this ongoing initiative, Subaru in conjunction with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), has also donated blankets and messages of hope to cancer patients and their families at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper for four consecutive years. Subaru has also supported other initiatives at Cooper over the years including funding for community programs, the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, The Cooper Foundation’s Pink Roses Teal Magnolias event for women’s cancer, and the Camden Health & Athletic Association.

“At Subaru, we are committed to providing support to local organizations and to being good stewards in our community,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. “We hope the donation of a Subaru Ascent to Cooper University Health Care’s EMS team will further help them to support those in need, especially during these trying times.”

Cooper has been providing integrated basic and advanced life support EMS services for the city of Camden since January 2016.  In addition, Cooper EMS provides additional community outreach, education, and training services including the national “Stop the Bleed” training to other local first responders, agencies, schools, and residents. Cooper EMS participates in dozens of community events annually, provides stand-by services at community and sporting events, and has been recognized by a number of agencies for their service.  Cooper EMS is the one of the first in the national to offer paramedic administered buprenorphine treatment in the field as part of addiction treatment services.

About Cooper University Health Care

Cooper University Health Care is a leading academic health system and the only state-designated Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey. Cooper’s mission is to serve, to heal, and to educate. Annually, nearly two million patients visit Cooper’s 750-plus physicians practicing in 75 specialties at more than 100 convenient medical offices and three urgent care centers. 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.  Visit to learn more.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $190 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

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Wendy A. Marano
Cooper University Health Care

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