Cooper University Health Care Establishes Center for Advanced Practice to Support the Role of Advanced Practice Providers Across the Health Care Continuum

Members of Cooper’s Center for Advanced Practice leadership team.

Members of Cooper’s Center for Advanced Practice leadership team.

Cooper University Health Care recently became the first hospital in New Jersey, and part of a small, select group of academic medical centers in the nation, to launch a Center for Advanced Practice (CAP) to promote and support the role of advanced practice providers in the health care continuum.

Advanced practice providers (APPs) are licensed health care professionals who work collaboratively with physicians and the care team. They comprise physician assistants/associates, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives. APPs are prepared through advanced education, clinical training, and licensing and board certification to provide a wide range of preventive, acute, and chronic health care services to individuals of all ages.

“Advanced practice providers are an integral part of the health care team at Cooper, and more than 500 APPs currently practice in numerous specialties across the health system, providing nearly 230,000 patient visits this year alone,” said Eileen F. Campbell, MSN, APN, chief advanced practice provider, who leads the new center. “Cooper’s Center for Advanced Practice will not only provide a coordinated platform to support our current APPs through professional development and other initiatives, but will also enhance recruitment and retention efforts, improve quality, and help standardize and expand access to care, which ultimately benefits patients.”

As the population ages and consumer demands for high-quality health care grows, the role of APPs has expanded across the health care spectrum – in medical practices, hospitals, surgery centers, retail clinics, and urgent care centers across the country.

“We are proud of the incredible contributions made by our APPS, who work within nearly every department at Cooper,” said Eric Kupersmith, MD, SFHM, chief physician executive at Cooper. “Evidence has clearly shown that this growing work force helps organizations drive improvement in quality, safety, and efficiency, resulting in better outcomes and higher patient experience.  By working collaboratively with physicians and other team members, patients are provided better access to care and continuity, demonstrating outstanding results.”

“Cooper’s CAP will also provide valuable support to our registered nurses who desire to expand their knowledge and clinical scope of practice through professional development and advanced studies to become APPs,” said Kathy Devine, DrNP, NEA-BC, senior vice president and chief nursing executive at Cooper. “Our current APPs will serve as mentors and provide guidance and leadership for newly licensed practitioners and those pursuing new careers.”

Cooper currently provides wide range of professional development programs, including an annual symposium, for all APPs in the region. To learn more about Cooper’s Center for Advanced practice, click here.

About Cooper University Health Care

Cooper University Health Care, with its MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and affiliation with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, is a leading academic health system. Cooper has nearly 10,000 team members including 1,600 nurses, and more than 900 employed physicians and more than 500 advanced practice providers. Cooper University Hospital has been recognized as a top-performing regional hospital by U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Hospitals annual survey.

Cooper has revenues of more than $2 billion and has an “A-” rating from S&P Global Ratings and “A3” rating from Moody’s Investors Service. Cooper University Hospital is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey and the busiest in the region.  Nearly two million patients are served annually at Cooper’s 663-bed flagship hospital, outpatient surgery center, three urgent care centers, and more than 100 ambulatory offices throughout the community. Cooper has been named as one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes for three consecutive years.

The Cooper Health Sciences campus in Camden, New Jersey, 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.

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