The Cooper Foundation has appointed Lisa Morina, a business executive with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, government, and community outreach, as vice president of advancement for corporate relations. Morina joins Cooper from Jefferson Health where she served as a key member of the executive team, most recently as vice president of government and external relations.
Morina’s appointment is part of a planned expansion of the leadership team of The Cooper Foundation to support the growth of Cooper University Health Care and to meet the needs of the communities it serves. Earlier this month, The Cooper Foundation announced the appointment of Lois Gabin-Legato, J.D., to the position of vice president of advancement for major gifts and planned giving.
“We are fortunate to have a leader such as Lisa join our high-powered team of fundraising professionals as Cooper continues to grow and expand as a leading academic health system in the region,” said Philip A. Norcross, Esq., chairman of The Cooper Foundation Board of Trustees. “Lisa will play an important role in advancing the Foundation’s goal of creating strong relationships with companies who share our vision of a stronger and healthier region.”
Morina served with Jefferson Health since 2013 in a variety of leadership roles including change management, cultural transformation, marketing, and external communications as the health system (formerly Kennedy Health System) merged with Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Health of Philadelphia. Previously, Morina was director of economic and business development for the Gloucester County government responsible for business growth, cultivating job creation and retention, tourism, block grants, and workforce development activities among other duties.
“We welcome Lisa to The Cooper Foundation. Her extensive leadership, experience, and knowledge in the healthcare, business, and government sectors right here in the South Jersey community will be an asset to The Cooper Foundation as we support the health system’s growth,” said Robert A. Ortiz Jr., JD, senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer of The Cooper Foundation.
A graduate of Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, Morina has a master’s degree in organization leadership from Cabrini College, Radnor Township, Pa. She is a board member of Acenda Integrated Health, a behavioral health and community-based social services agency, the First Harvest Credit Union, Bancroft, an agency specializing in helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, and the Southern NJ Development Council. She also served on the government relations and policy development committees at the New Jersey Hospital Association and the NJHA HealthPAC board.
About the Cooper Foundation
The Cooper Foundation is the philanthropic, community outreach, and community development arm of Cooper University Health Care. Its overarching purpose is to raise and steward charitable funds to advance Cooper’s mission to serve, to heal, to educate. The Foundation fulfills this purpose through a wide range of initiatives – all focused on improving the patient experience and making the communities we serve healthier places to live, work and play.
About Cooper University Health Care
Cooper University Health Care is a leading academic health system with more 8,900 employees including 1600 nurses, and more than 850 employed physicians. Cooper University Hospital is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey and the busiest in the region. Annually, nearly two million patients are served at Cooper’s 635-bed flagship hospital, outpatient surgery center, three urgent care centers, and more than 105 ambulatory offices throughout the community. Cooper has been named as one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes for two consecutive years and was recognized as one of the top hospitals in New Jersey and as a top-performing hospital nationally in numerous specialty services by U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best Hospitals annual survey. Additionally, Cooper has earned the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM for four consecutive years, placing Cooper among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals.
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 CooperHealth.org to learn more.