In 1950, Dr. Bascom Waugh became the first African American doctor to join the medical staff at Cooper. A World War II veteran, Dr. Waugh was a former flight surgeon for the 332nd Fighter Group, the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. According to a 2007 Air Force School of Medicine report, Dr. Waugh was one of the first two African American doctors to be trained alongside Caucasian physicians in the Army’s School of Aviation near San Antonio.
Cooper in the top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety Second Year in a Row
Cooper University Health Care has earned the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades. The ranking places Cooper among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for patient safety as evaluated by Healthgrades, a leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. Read more.