In the News: Medulloblastoma

Recently, former NFL star and TV personality Michael Strahan and his 19-year-old daughter revealed that she was diagnosed with and being treated for medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer.

Medulloblastoma is an aggressive cancer that usually occurs in the 4th ventricle of the brain – the space where spinal fluid is produced and the route it travels between the brain and spinal column. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Patient Receives New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research Patient Advocacy Award

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper patient, Barbara Raphael, recently received the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research (NJCCR) Patient Advocacy Award after being nominated by her physician, Dr. Generosa Grana.

The NJCCR Patient Advocacy Award recognizes members in the community who work to support cancer patients, whether pushing for early detection, better treatment options, or support for cancer research. Previous award recipients include cancer survivors who have used their strength to continue the fight to defeat cancer long after treatment is done. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Receives $25,000 Grant Through the Zallie Community Foundation to Address Food Insecurity Issues

Cooper University Health Care’s Community and Population Health team received a $25,000 grant from the Zallie Community Foundation to address a number of food insecurity initiatives.

The Cooper Community and Population Health team, which oversees Cooper’s community outreach efforts, will use the funds of this grant to launch a series of educational programs to raise awareness about nutrition, meal planning, and food resource management for patients and community members. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Receives $280K Grant From Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation as Part of New Jersey Safety Net Innovation Program

Cooper University Health Care, through its Urban Health Institute (UHI), has been awarded a two-year, $280,000 grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation to enhance screening for social determinants of health (SDoH), drive connections to community-based organizations to increase the breadth and depth of resources available to patients, and provide workforce development around the care of marginalized individuals. This grant is part of an initiative known as the New Jersey Safety Net Innovation Program (NJ SNIP). Read more.

MD Anderson at Cooper First in the World to Enroll a Patient In a Promising New Clinical Trial for Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma

(CAMDEN, NJ) – Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper are leading the way in new approaches to treating advanced melanoma using tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy. Earlier this year, MD Anderson at Cooper became the first site in the world to offer and enroll a patient in TILVANCE-301,  a new randomized Phase III clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of TIL therapy as a first line treatment versus pembrolizumab (current standard of immunotherapy care) for advanced melanoma. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Director of Medical Education Receives National Graduate Medical Education Program Coordinator Excellence Award

(CAMDEN, NJ) – Graceann Endicott, director of Medical Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Health Care, has received the prestigious Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Debra L. Dooley GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award.

This year, Endicott was one of only five program coordinators in the nation to receive the Debra L. Dooley GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Hosts Army Retirement Ceremony for Distinguished Army Officer Dr. Kirby Gross, Who Will Remain at Cooper as Part of Trauma Team

(CAMDEN, NJ) – Recently, Cooper University Health Care was honored to host a retirement ceremony for Colonel Kirby R. Gross, MD, FACS, following 21 years of distinguished service as a U.S. Army trauma surgeon.  Dr. Gross came to Cooper in 2020 when he was assigned to Cooper’s Division of Trauma Surgery and the Section of Military, Diplomatic, and Field Surgical Affairs as part of the Army Military-Civilian Trauma Team Training (AMCT3) Program. Read more.

1,500 Camden Seniors to Receive Holiday Meals Thanks to Generous Local Organizations

A Thanksgiving holiday meal tradition continues again this year thanks to the generosity of a local anonymous family and group of prominent Camden organizations that have joined forces to bring holiday cheer to 1,500 Camden senior citizens.

The Camden Community Partnership, City of Camden, Office of the Mayor of Camden, Camden County Police Department and The Cooper Foundation delivered Thanksgiving meals to senior citizens across the City of Camden who might not otherwise have enough food to be able to enjoy the holiday on Wednesday, November 22. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Named to Newsweek’s 2023 Best Maternity Hospitals List

Cooper University Health Care has been named on Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2023. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

“We are honored by this recognition that attests to Cooper’s leadership in perinatal safety and its commitment to providing the highest level of quality and excellence for expectant mothers and their babies,” said Robin Perry, MD, FACOG, chairman and chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Names Emergency Medical Technician Barry Hunter “Armed Forces Person of the Year”

Cooper University Health Care has named Barry Hunter, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, its 2023 Cooper Armed Services Person of the Year. Hunter, an emergency medical technician, has been a team member of Cooper EMS Services for eight years.

In addition to his expertise and compassion providing care as a first responder in the City of Camden, Hunter is involved in many community outreach activities, including health education, career mentorship programs, neighborhood clean-up events in Camden, and coordinating the Cooper EMS Services Adopt-A-Family program every holiday season. Read more.