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.

NJ Health Commissioner, Congressman Donald Norcross Visited MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper to Highlight New Minimum Wage Law and Praise Cooper’s Leadership

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal joined Cooper University Health Care Co-President Kevin O’Dowd, Cooper Chairman George E. Norcross III, and Congressman Donald Norcross on Monday, April 8, 2019, as part of a series of hospital visits to highlight the positive impacts of Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of the $15 minimum wage law.

In November 2018, Cooper University Health Care became the first health care system in New Jersey to commit to raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour for full-time, part-time, and per-diem employees. Read more.

Camden Health & Athletic Association Hosts Baseball and Softball Skills and Drills Clinic for Camden Youth

The Camden Health & Athletic Association (CHAA) on Saturday hosted a free baseball and softball Skills & Drills Clinic for Camden children in partnership with the Philadelphia Phillies Jr. RBI and RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Leagues.

More than 80 children participated in the clinic, which offered boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 16 the opportunity to learn more about the sport and practice fundamentals. Read more.

Cooper Vascular Surgeon Primary Investigator for New Device to Treat Aortic Dissection

First Commercial U.S. Case Performed at Cooper Last Week

Joseph V. Lombardi, MD, FACS, head, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and director of the Cooper Aortic Center at Cooper University Health Care, served as global principal investigator for a new device to treat aortic dissection, a potentially fatal medical condition if left untreated.

Cook Medical’s Zenith Dissection Endovascular System, approved for use by the FDA earlier this year, is a type of flexible stent graft specifically used to treat patients who have a tear (dissection) in the inside lining of the descending thoracic aorta, the large artery in the chest. Read more.

Ninth Annual Cooper Red Hot Gala Raises $2.2 Million for Patient and Community Services

The Chairman of the Cooper Board of Trustees, George E. Norcross III, announced tonight that The Cooper Foundation raised $2.2 million at its ninth annual Red Hot Gala. This year’s proceeds support Cooper University Health Care’s commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and providing exceptional medical care and services for patients.

“As the leading academic health system in South Jersey, Cooper is committed to providing advanced medical care and ensuring that our neighbors have access to wellness services,” said Norcross. Read more.