UPDATE: Due to weather, construction will begin on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, and continue through Friday, June 22, 2018 near the Kelemen Circle on the health sciences campus of Cooper University Health Care in Camden. As a result, only Emergency Department patients and Cooper employee shuttles will be able to access Kelemen Circle Monday through Friday 6:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Read more.
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper has joined a Lung Cancer Early Detection study aimed at improving lung cancer screening methods for those at risk. The study is part of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Moon Shots ProgramTM, a collaborative effort to accelerate advances that save patients’ lives.
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper has been recognized with a Blue Distinction® Centers for Cancer Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. By combining nationally consistent quality criteria with locally effective value-based programs, Blue Distinction Centers for Cancer Care deliver maximum value to members battling cancer by aligning health care payments with improved health outcomes. Read more.
Steven C. Bonawitz, MD, FACS, head of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Cooper University Health Care, was among the team of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons that performed the world’s first total penis and scrotum transplant. The 14-hour surgery took place at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on March 26.
The transplant recipient, an Afghanistan war veteran who was severely injured by a roadside bomb, was the recipient of a donated penis and scrotum and partial abdominal wall from a deceased donor. Read more.
Shenelle Alexander, an undergraduate nursing student at Rutgers University-Camden, was named as the first winner of the $1,000 Cooper Civic Leadership Award at the Seventh Annual Chancellor’s Awards for Civic Engagement held April 26, 2018.
Cooper University Health Care established the Civic Leadership Award earlier this year to honor a Rutgers University-Camden student who exemplifies outstanding service to the Camden community. Read more.
Warren R. Heymann, MD, head of the Division of Dermatology at Cooper University Health Care and professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, was recently awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Medical Dermatology Society.
The honor is given in recognition of a lifetime of inspired patient care as a medical dermatologist, mentoring of future medical dermatologists, and research to advance medical dermatology. Read more.
Cooper University Health Care recognized Thomas Egan, RN, of Philadelphia, with The DAISY Award for providing exceptional nursing care. Egan works as a nurse in Cooper’s Critical Care Unit. He was nominated by the family of a recent patient and was cited for his professional care, compassion, and advocacy on behalf of the patient.
The DAISY Award, established by The DAISY Foundation, is an international program that celebrates the extraordinary care given by nurses every day. Read more.
To meet the growth in the number of patients seeking surgery, today Cooper University Health Care opened eight new operating rooms including a special suite for vascular procedures, increasing its total number of operating rooms system-wide to 38.
As a leading academic, tertiary care health system with the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, demand for services at Cooper have grown over the past six years, particularly in the area of surgical services. Read more.
The opioid epidemic has created a national public health crisis throughout the nation. One of the critical tools that first responders and front-line police officers are now carrying is called naloxone. This medication is an opioid antagonist and can in most instances make someone overdosing start breathing again by dislodging the opioid from the receptors in the brain.
The effects of opioids like heroin, fentanyl and OxyContin have proven deadly in Camden County and the country. Read more.
What if doctors spent an extra 40 seconds showing compassion for their patients? Surprisingly, research shows that those extra 40 seconds can have a tremendous impact for both the patient and the doctor. Stephen W. Trzeciak, MD, an intensivist at Cooper University Health Care and Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, has seen firsthand how powerful that extra care can be through his pioneering research on “Compassionomics” — the scientific study of how compassionate care can make a difference, and the implications of those extra 40 seconds in patient outcomes and health economics. Read more.