National “storytelling” expert Thor Ringler, MFA, MS, provided an inspiring Veterans Day program for physicians, medical students, and other health care providers. Ringler has run the My Life, My Story program at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, since 2013. In that time the program has recorded life stories of more than 2,000 veterans — and placed the short biographies in each vets’ electronic medical record. Read more.
Cooper University Health Care is the leading academic health care system in South Jersey with a history of more than 130 years of service. Our team includes more than 630 physicians, and 7,000 plus employees, with experts who practice in more than 75 specialties through South Jersey’s only Level I Trauma Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, Urgent Care centers, and more than 100 medical offices across the region. Read more.
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, leaders from Cooper University Health Care held a first-ever Advanced Practice Provider Symposium for area advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse educators and other medical professionals. Attendees spent a full day networking while learning from experts in areas of surgery, oncology, pharmacology, pediatrics, infectious disease and cardiovascular care. Presentations focused on evidence-based care and continuing education credits were offered. Read more.
Helen’s Angels – a local non-profit organization, which provides support and assistance to individuals and families throughout the region who have been impacted by and/or are recovering from breast cancer, hosted their annual Tinis for Tatas event at the Vue on 50 in Philadelphia. The event featured a live auction, basket raffles, delicious cocktails, and fabulous food. At the event, Missy Quinn, President and Founder of Helen’s Angels, presented Robert Somer, MD, Head of the Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, with a check for $25K to help provide direct support for MD Anderson at Cooper patients with breast cancer who may need financial assistance to help defray the costs associated with their diagnosis and treatment including co-pays, transportation to and from doctors’ appointments and treatments, and other support services such as house cleaning, child care, meals, wigs and counseling. Read more.
On Saturday, October 26, the Cooper Pediatric Radiology team participated in a “Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)” Mobile Pack Event at the NJ Army National Guard Center in Haddonfield. Feed My Starving Children® is a non-profit organization providing children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. FMSC meals have reached nearly 70 countries around the world and has packed over 1.6 million meals, which is enough food to feed 4,384 kids every day for a year. Read more.
On Saturday, October 19, 2019, more than 350 veterans, active military, first responders, and their families gathered on the deck of the historic Battleship New Jersey on the Camden Waterfront for a “Veterans FallFest” event hosted by Cooper University Health Care and Deborah Heart and Lung Center as part of the organizations’ joint HeroCare Connect program.
The free event featured health screenings and numerous educational, vocational, health, and informational tables to connect veterans to important community services. Read more.
On Friday, October 4, 2019 Cooper University Health Care and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey installed a Born Learning Trail at the William G. Rohrer Children’s Playground at Cooper River in Pennsauken. Generously supported by The Cooper Foundation, a Born Learning Trail is a series of 10 signs accompanied by colorful shapes and designs painted on the walkway that enhance the learning experience. Read more.
Congress has designated September as “National Sickle Cell Awareness Month” to help focus attention on the need for research and treatment of sickle cell disease, an inherited condition that currently affects 70,000-100,000 Americans.
Sickle cell disease occurs when hemoglobin, a protein carried by the body’s red blood cells that attaches to oxygen in the lungs and transports it to all parts of the body, is abnormal, causing the red blood cells to take on a rigid “C” or sickle, shape. Read more.
On Saturday, September 14, Cooper celebrated the resiliency and triumphs of pediatric patients who have received care in the pediatric trauma program. Michael Goodman, MD, Chief and Chairman of Pediatrics, and Nicole Fox, MD, MPH, Pediatric Trauma Medical Director, welcomed guests who then enjoyed a Super Hero themed event with activities for children of all ages and a picnic-style lunch. Cooper staff enjoyed seeing their prior patients and families from the prior two years. Read more.