Camden Institutions Partner to Launch Groundbreaking Camden Cancer Research Center

In a significant collaborative effort, the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Cooper University Health Care, and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) have launched the Camden Cancer Research Center (CCRC), a partnership to investigate cancer and translate basic cancer science into new treatments. The three organizations have pledged an initial $30 million to start this center.

Scientists in the CCRC will hail from the three organizations and the center will encompass all of Coriell’s cancer research efforts, including eight scientists responsible for $5 million in annual federal research funding currently. Read more.

Understanding Uterine Cancer

A new study (known as the Sister Study) released by the researchers at the National Institutes of Health finds that women who used chemical hair straightening products were at higher risk for uterine (endometrial) cancer compared to women who did not report using these products. The researchers found no associations with uterine cancer for other hair products that the women reported using, including hair dyes, bleach, highlights, or perms. Read more.

Are You at Risk for Heart Failure?

Heart failure is not a heart attack

“While some of the symptoms of heart failure may be similar to those of a heart attack, they are not the same,” says Ketan Gala, MD, FACC, Medical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure program at Cooper University Health Care and member provider of Cooper and Inspira Cardiac Care.

Heart attacks occur when the heart’s blood supply is blocked, usually by a build-up of plaque in the arteries, which causes damage to the heart muscle. Read more.

The Dense Breasts Cancer Risk Factor

About one in eight women in the U.S. will have breast cancer in her lifetime. This is a staggering statistic. The good news is more women are aware of their risk factors due  to improved awareness, education, advanced diagnostic screenings, and genetic testing options.

“Doctors review many risk factors for breast cancer, including age, genetic mutations, and family history,” says Ryan Gruner, MD, FACS, a breast surgeon at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Read more.

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.