Cooper University Health Care Participates in BOOST-3 Trial Which Seeks to Improve Outcomes After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is sudden damage to the brain caused by an outside force to the head – such as a car crash, a fall, or something hitting the head. An estimated 2.5 million Americans sustain TBI each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Severe TBI contributes to 30% of all injury-related deaths, and many who survive are left permanently disabled. Read more.

Cooper Team Celebrates National EMS Week

May 19-25, 2019, is the 45th annual National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. The National Association of EMTs (@NAEMT) partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (@ACEP) to lead annual EMS Week activities. Together, NAEMT and ACEP are working to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety, and well being of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized. Read more.

Cooper Honors Advanced Practice Nurse With “Military Employee of the Year” Award

Cooper University Health Care presented the 2019 Cooper Military Employee of the Year Award to advanced practice nurse Ella Hawk, a member of the hospital’s cardiothoracic surgery team. The celebratory event, honoring Cooper employees who are veterans and/or active military, was held on May 21, 2019. (Watch the presentation here.)

The Cooper Military Employee of the Year Award was established in 2018 to formally recognize the outstanding contributions a Cooper staff member has made to the health system, the community, and the nation, as well as in support of Cooper’s mission To serve, to heal, to educate. Read more.

Cooper Cardiologist to Head International Society

Andrea M. Russo, MD, a cardiologist and director of the electrophysiology and arrhythmia service at Cooper University Health, was inducted as the president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) at its annual meeting in San Francisco May 8-11, 2019.

HRS is an international society of electrophysiologists with over 10,000 members internationally and professionals from more than 70 countries. Founded in 1979, it is the leading resource on Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology in the world. Read more.

Cooper Researchers Develop a Method for Measuring Compassion in Health Care

Study Published in Leading Medical Journal

Caregiver compassion is a vital element of health care quality. Studies have shown that compassion from caregivers – as perceived by patients – can lead to improved outcomes for patients, lower health care costs, and even reduced burnout among health care providers. As researchers examine the effect of compassion on these outcomes, a key question that emerges is “how do we measure compassion?” Specifically, can caregiver compassion be measured on a large scale basis across entire health care systems? Read more.

Philadelphia Man Named 2019 Cooper Nurse of the Year

Nurses Honored During 2019 Nursing Excellence Awards

Philadelphia resident Sean Deiter, BSN, RN, was named Nurse of the Year yesterday evening at the 2019 Nursing Excellence Awards hosted by Cooper University Health Care and The Cooper Foundation. [See all photos.]

Deiter is a registered nurse in Cooper’s Intensive Care Unit. In addition to Nurse of the Year, he was also presented with the William and Eileen Archer Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Becomes Region’s Only Hospital to Offer MitraClip Procedure

Heart Valve Device Offers New Options for Patients

Until recently, high-risk heart patients with a severe form of leaky mitral valve disorder, called mitral regurgitation, and who were deemed too frail or sick to undergo open heart surgery had few treatment choices.

Cooper University Health Care now offers a new treatment option for these patients with the FDA-approved MitraClip device. A medical team including Janah Aji, MD, FACC, Sajjad A. Read more.

Cooper Celebrates Volunteers, Honors “Volunteer of Year”

In observance of National Volunteer Month, Cooper University Health Care recognized the hundreds of dedicated men and women who donate their time and efforts to support the hospital’s mission, to serve, to heal, to educate.

A thank-you luncheon was held on April 9, 2019, to honor 715 volunteers that contributed a total of 56,832 hours of service in 2018.  Cooper volunteers are present throughout the organization – helping on nursing units, visiting patients, and performing a variety of tasks in the business departments. Read more.

Cooper researchers find health care provider compassion is associated with lower PTSD symptoms among patients with life-threatening medical emergencies

Results of study to be published in Intensive Care Medicine

If patients experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency perceive their health care provider as compassionate, are they at a reduced risk for subsequently developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? This was something researchers at Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University explored as part of a study about the effects of compassion in health care. Read more.

Cooper Emergency Medicine Chief Honored With Humanism Award

Michael E. Chansky, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine of Cooper University Health Care and Professor at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, was recently honored with the 2019 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS).

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards recognizes exemplars of clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in their delivery of care. Read more.