Cooper Center for Healing Recognizes Overdose Awareness Week 2022 and Remains Ever-Dedicated to Preventing Overdose and Supporting People Struggling with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder

Overdose Awareness Week, recognized by the White House as the week during which International Overdose Awareness Day is memorialized (Wednesday, August 31), is a time of remembrance and recommitment to preventing overdose and supporting people struggling with substance use and substance use disorder (SUD) within our communities, state, and across the United States and worldwide.

During Overdose Awareness Week and year-round, the Cooper Center for Healing mourns for the lives lost to overdose in New Jersey and worldwide; acknowledges and addresses grief and trauma of patients, providers, and staff; and remains ever-dedicated to the center vision: that all patients struggling with pain, psychological trauma, and/or substance use have a home within the medical system and routinely receive compassionate, evidence-based medical treatment, allowing them to live full and satisfying lives. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Announces Nursing Excellence Award Winners, Trauma ICU Nurse Jamie Ritz Honored as Nurse of the Year

(CAMDEN, NJ) — Cooper University Health Care has named Jamie Ritz, BSN, RN, of Blackwood, NJ, as the recipient of the William A. Schwartz, Jr. Nurse of the Year Award. Ritz, who works in Cooper’s Trauma Surgical ICU, also received the Award for Excellence in Trauma Nursing as part of Cooper’s Annual Nursing Excellence Awards presented during National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12). Read more.

Patient Story: Vincent Zoppina Celebrates Completing Cancer Treatment

On Monday, December 13, Vincent Zoppina joined his radiation oncologist, Gregory J. Kubicek, MD, on the Philadelphia side of the Ben Franklin Bridge to make the 2.5 mile trip to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden for his last treatment for esophageal cancer. The trip was Vince’s idea to celebrate completing five weeks of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation therapy. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care’s Chief Nursing Officer Named “Nurse Executive of the Year”

Kathy Devine, DrNP, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Cooper University Health Care is the recipient of the 2021 Nurse Executive Award by The Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey. This award, which will be presented in early December, recognizes Dr. Devine’s exceptional leadership, guidance, and service to the nursing profession and in particular to the Cooper University Health Care system. Read more.

Study by Cooper University Health Care Stroke Expert Published in The Lancet, a Leading International Medical Journal Examines Efficacy of Minimally Invasive Procedure in Treatment of Strokes

Internationally known stroke expert Tudor G. Jovin, MD, medical director of the Cooper Neurological Institute at Cooper University Health Care and Professor of Neurological Surgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, is the lead author in a study published today in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, examining the efficacy of mechanical thrombectomy, a minimally invasive procedure consisting of removal of the occlusive clot from within the vessel to treat patients with acute stroke. Read more.

Dr. Dellinger Honored With NJHA Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, senior critical care attending at Cooper University Health Care, Director of the Cooper Research Institute, and Professor of Medicine and Distinguished Scholar at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) for receiving the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence Award. Dr. Dellinger was among 14 individuals and organizations honored for exemplary service to the people of New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic at an awards ceremony July 15. Read more.

Cooper Trauma Surgeon Dr. John Chovanes Receives Meritorious Service Medal from  U.S. Army

On May 25, Cooper University Health Care trauma surgeon John Chovanes, DO, FACS, was presented with The Meritorious Service Medal from the U.S. Army for the establishment of the Army Medical Department Military-Civilian Trauma Team Training (AMCT3) program at Cooper and his selfless devotion to soldiers and unparalleled dedication to mission accomplishment. Dr. Chovanes is the founding medical director and chief surgeon of Cooper’s Section of Military, Diplomatic, and Field Affairs. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Administers 10,000th COVID-19 Vaccination at KROC Center

On Saturday, May 22, Cooper University Health Care celebrated the 10,000th COVID-19 vaccination given at the Cooper Community Vaccination and Education site located at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden, NJ. Camden resident Jose Palma was the recipient of the 10,000th shot and received a gift bag in recognition of the milestone.

The event featured free food distribution, Mister Softee® ice cream, a variety of clinical health screenings, giveaways, and Q&A sessions to answer vaccination questions. Read more.

98 Graduates Earn Medical Degrees From Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

CMSRU graduate receives ceremonial hood

Glassboro, NJCooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) marked the graduation of its 6th and largest class of medical doctors with a pandemic-style commencement ceremony held on Monday, May 10, 2021.

Unlike many graduation celebrations this year, CMSRU’s Commencement took place live and in-person, outdoors, under a tent on the University Green of Rowan University’s main campus in Glassboro, N.J. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Announces Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Cooper Nurse of the Year/Team of the Year Named

Cooper University Health Care has named Elizabeth “Lisa” Moriarty, MSN, RN, of Washington Township, NJ, the 2021 Nurse of the Year. Moriarty, a medical surgical nurse on Cooper’s Pavilion 7 unit, also received the Selma and Martin Hirsch Award for Excellence in Medical Surgical Nursing as part of Cooper’s Annual Nursing Excellence Awards presented during National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12). Read more.