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. 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. Read more.
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 20, 2018, to honor the 654 active volunteers who performed a remarkable 67,025 hours of service in 2017. 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. 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.
On March 6, “F.D.A. Approves First Home Testing for 3 Breast Cancer Mutations, With Caveats” ran in the New York Times:
“The Food and Drug Administration for the first time has authorized a genetic testing company to offer screenings for three breast cancer mutations common in Ashkenazi Jews, giving consumers the ability to initiate testing at home and see results without talking to a doctor or counselor.” – as reported by Roni Caryn Rabin.