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Attention Camden County Residents, Flu Shots Still Available

The Freeholder Board is reminding residents that it’s not too late to receive the influenza vaccination. Although flu season started several months ago, the Centers for Disease Control warns that flu activity most often peaks between December and February, and the New Jersey Department of Health is currently reporting high levels of influenza activity in all regions and counties. “Flu season stretches through the winter months, and in some years influenza activity has peaked as late as March” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. “That’s why we’re reminding everyone that just because you haven’t gotten sick yet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect yourself and your family from this dangerous virus. Flu shots are especially recommended to those in high-priority groups,... Read more →

Philadelphia 76ers Announce Community Partnership with Cooper University Health Care

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers announced a community-focused partnership with Camden’s Cooper University Health Care, the leading academic health system in South Jersey. Cooper is now an Official Partner of the 76ers. “Community engagement is one of our core values and we’re thrilled that this partnership with Cooper University Health Care will create new avenues to positively impact youth in the City of Camden,” Philadelphia 76ers President Chris Heck said. “Basketball has the power to bring people together and drive meaningful growth and change in our communities. Together with the team at Cooper, we look forward to doing just that.” “Cooper has called Camden home for more than 130 years and has been its residents’ trusted health care provider,” said George E. Norcross III, Chairman... Read more →


The Bucks County Family Service Center (BCFSC), a ministry of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS), will host a free Valentine’s Day baby shower for expectant mothers and families in the local community. The theme is, “Baby Love.” Expectant mothers and families with children under one year of age are expected to attend. Highlights of the day will include refreshments, raffle prizes, Valentine’s Day themed games, and more. Friday, February 14, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fatima Catholic Outreach Center 2915 Street Road Bensalem, PA 19020 The BCFSC is the first point of contact for individuals, families, and parishes when they seek assistance from Catholic Social Services in Bucks County. It is one of seven such centers located throughout the five-county... Read more →

Cooper University Health Care Receives $500,000 Grant to Develop Violence Intervention Program

Cooper is one of nine hospital-based sites across New Jersey selected for this new initiative (Camden, NJ) – Cooper University Health Care was one of nine sites in New Jersey announced by Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewel today to receive a $500,000 federal grant as part of a new hospital-based violence prevention program in the state. Cooper, in partnership with Camden’s Center for Family Services, will use the funds to provide a range of education, social services, case management, and substance abuse services to victims of violence. “We thank Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewel for selecting Cooper as one of the inaugural sites to develop this important and much-needed program to prevent and reduce violence,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, Co-President/CEO... Read more →

Cooper University Health Care First Hospital In the World to Use New Virtual Reality System for Stroke Rehabilitation

(Camden, NJ) Cooper University Health Care recently became the first hospital in the world to use a new virtual reality (VR) system for patient rehabilitation following a stroke, announced Tudor G. Jovin, MD, chief and chairman of the Cooper Neurological Institute, and internationally renowned neurologist and researcher. Prior to the commercial launch of The REAL™ Immersive System, a team of physicians and therapists at the Cooper Neurological Institute (CNI) worked closely with California-based medical device producer, Penumbra, in the research and development phase for the new system. Field tests at Cooper were instrumental in refining the technology for patient use. “As an academic health system and a leading provider of advanced stroke and neurological services, we are committed to adding promising new treatment modalities to... Read more →

Nursing, Its Career Options and Benefits

Gloucestercitynews.net(January 21, 2020)--Slipping into the shoes of a nurse is not an easy task, as many people say. Only those who have worked their brains out to earn this job will know the hardships. Once you get to the kernel of the profession and be molded to the routine life, the real intricacies start to unfold. Nursing, unlike any other profession, demands an immense passion for serving fellow beings. It is not just confined to the concept of service, but also has excellent options and scope on the track of career growth. Most of the aspiring nurses would know how the profession works, while many who haven't yet finalized the program might be less conversant with the structure of a nurse's job. It's better to... Read more →

Can a Smartwatch Help Identify Atrial Fibrillation? Cooper University Health Care Cardiologist Among Investigators of Large-Scale Study

(Camden, NJ) – Andrea Russo, MD, a cardiologist and director of electrophysiology and arrhythmia services at Cooper University Health Care, was one of the lead investigators in a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which examined the ability of smartwatches to detect atrial fibrillation in users. Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, is an irregular heartbeat that, without treatment, increases a person’s risk of stroke. The study looked at Apple Watches and their ability to detect AFib. Each of the watches included in the study used a light sensor to measure blood flow at different times. If the sensor repeatedly detected irregular flow, it would send an alert to the wearer. Of the over 400,000 people who participated, less than one... Read more →

CNB Medical: Let’s Talk Thyroid Health

Have you had your thyroid checked lately? A healthy thyroid is vital for a healthy you! Located in the front of the neck, this butterfly-shaped endocrine gland secretes hormones which are important in regulating the metabolic rate and protein synthesis. The thyroid uses iodine and tyrosine (one of the 20 standard amino acids) to produce thyroxine, also known as T4, the primary hormone produced by the gland. After delivery via the bloodstream to the body’s tissues, a small portion of the T4 released from the gland is converted to triiodothyronine (T3), which is the most active hormone. Hormonal output from the thyroid is regulated by thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) produced by the anterior pituitary gland, which, in turn, is regulated by thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) produced by... Read more →

Cooper Employees Adopt- a-Family

Adopt-A-Family For the tenth year in a row, employees of Cooper University Health Care came together to help local families in need this holiday season. Cooper employees “adopted” more than 500 people and generously donated 3,000 toys, 2,000 items of clothing, 120 home and kitchen goods, and 150 gift cards for groceries to fulfill holiday wishes for children and their families. “Cooper employees go above and beyond to spread joy to our neighbors in need,” stated Susan Bass Levin, President & CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “It’s the season of hope and promise and I am so proud of the Cooper team for supporting this effort.” Cooper's Adopt-A-Family effort is part of Volunteers of America Delaware Valley's (VOADV) mission to bring joy to hundreds of... Read more →

Partners of Cooper Hospital Making Holiday Wishes Come True

Cooper Hospital Community Partners: Making Holiday Wishes Come True! Thank you to our Holiday Partners for thinking of Cooper patients and their families this holiday season. Happy kids heal faster and thanks to our donors’ big hearts and willingness to give back, our youngest patients spending the holidays in the hospital will have toys, games and books to bring comfort and joy to their stay. Pictured Above (clockwise): 1. Donations of toys and games from The Dream Foundation to the Child Life Program at Cooper. 2. Staff from Advocare Merchantville Pediatrics made teddy bears at Build-A-Bear for children at Cooper. 3. Dom Guerrini and Andrea Cortland hosted a holiday open house where their generous friends and family brought toys, games, books and more. 4. Toys... Read more →

Cooper University Health Care Receives National Recognition for Meritorious Outcomes in Surgical Care

From the American College of Surgeons (Camden, NJ) — Cooper University Health Care is one of only 88 hospital nationally that have been recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) 2019 for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. “We are proud to receive this recognition from the American College of Surgeons which is a reflection of our ongoing dedication and commitment to providing outstanding surgical care for our patients,” said Francis R. Spitz, MD, FACS, vice chief of the Department of Surgery and head of the Division of General Surgery at Cooper University Health care, who spearheaded Cooper’s effort. “To obtain this level of excellence requires coordinated efforts from all aspects of the patient care team. Our... Read more →

New Study at Temple Shows Extra Virgin Olive Oil Staves Off Multiple Forms of Dementia in Mice

(Philadelphia, PA) – Boosting brain function is key to staving off the effects of aging. And if there was one thing every person should consider doing right now to keep their brain young, it is to add extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to their diet, according to research by scientists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM). EVOO is a superfood, rich in cell-protecting antioxidants and known for its multiple health benefits, including helping put the brakes on diseases linked to aging, most notably cardiovascular disease. Previous LKSOM research on mice also showed that EVOO preserves memory and protects the brain against Alzheimer's disease. In a new study in mice published online in the journal Aging Cell, LKSOM scientists show that... Read more →

Make it a Holiday of Hope this Season  

The Cooper Foundation offers several ways you can give back to the community this season and make it a holiday of hope for those in need. Trauma Snowflake Fundraiser – Click here to purchase a snowflake in honor or memory of a loved one and support trauma patients and their families. Your snowflake will be on display in the DiFlorio Family Healing Garden in December. Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Help children in need by donating a book, game or toy to the Johnny M. Playroom at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Check out our Amazon wish list here for our most needed items. While you are shopping on Amazon, don't forget to use Amazon Smile and designate the Cooper Foundation at Cooper University Health... Read more →

Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Raises $1M to Fight Breast, Gynecologic Cancer 

The Cooper Foundation’s 10th Annual Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch last month raised a record-breaking $1 MILLION for breast and gynecologic cancer research and clinical programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. More than 850 people attended the brunch, which is the largest, most successful fundraiser benefiting breast and gynecologic cancer in the Delaware Valley. “Pink Roses Teal Magnolias is a healing movement fueled by the power of hope and the strength of sisterhood that supports fellow survivors and advocates for research and care for breast and gynecologic cancer,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation and an ovarian cancer survivor. “To raise $1 million is a testament to the passion of the Pink and Teal community and their dedication... Read more →

Deborah Heart and Lung Center Receives $5 Million Gift

BROWNS MILLS, NJ – (November 12, 2019) – Deborah Heart and Lung Center, New Jersey’s only specialty cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular hospital, located in Burlington County, has announced a $5 million gift from Gregory Olsen, PhD., to Deborah100: The Campaign. It is the largest single gift by an individual to Deborah in its 97-year history, and ranks among the largest gifts ever made to a New Jersey hospital. Deborah100 is a multi-year initiative to add new patient floors all with private inpatient suites. Dr. Olsen’s gift helps launch a $50 plus million project that will culminate with the 100th anniversary of Deborah Heart and Lung Center in 2022. The project will also incorporate a new design, and include upgrades to the latest technology. The gift... Read more →

Cooper University Health Care Raises $30,000 for Hurricane Dorian Relief

Camden, NJ – Cooper University Health Care Chairman George E. Norcross III announced that the health system, through The Cooper Foundation, has raised $30,000 to provide support to those affected by Hurricane Dorian which devastated the island nation of the Bahamas in early September. Mr. Norcross kicked-off the fundraising effort with a personal donation of $5,000. “More than a month after the hurricane leveled entire communities there, the need for humanitarian help is still urgently needed,” said Mr. Norcross. “I want to acknowledge Cooper’s board members, physicians, employees, and members of the community who generously gave to Cooper’s Bahamian Relief Fund.” All monies raised will go directly to organizations working for recovery and disaster relief in the Bahamas, including Team Rubicon ($15,000), a veteran-led organization... Read more →

South Jersey Auto Dealer Donates Three Mini Cars for Kids at Cooper University Health Care

Young Patients Will Ride in Style to the OR – Helping to Relieve Fear and Anxiety (Camden, NJ) – Having surgery can be stressful for anyone, but especially for children. Thanks to a special donation from Cherry Hill Imports Auto Group, children at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper will now have a new way to relieve some of their stress and anxiety while preparing for surgery. Representatives of the auto group visited Cooper on October 17 to donate three mini, luxury remote-controlled cars – a VW Beetle, a Mercedes, and an Audi. The cars will be used by the children under staff supervision to drive themselves to the operating room prior to surgery. “We want to thank Cherry Hill Imports Auto Group for this wonderful... Read more →

Cherry Hill Imports Auto Group Donates Mini Cars for Kids at Cooper University Health

Car dealers visit Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper to donate mini cars for kids having surgery Young Patients Will Ride in Style to the OR – Helping to Relieve Fear and Anxiety Having surgery can be stressful for anyone, but especially for children. Thanks to a special donation from Cherry Hill Imports Auto Group, children at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper will now have a new way to relieve some of their stress and anxiety while preparing for surgery. Representatives of the auto group visited Cooper on October 17, 2019 to donate three mini, luxury remote-controlled cars – a VW Beetle, a Mercedes, and an Audi. The cars will be used by the children under staff supervision to drive themselves to the Operating Room prior... Read more →

Community Partner Spotlight: The Goddard School of Cherry Hill

Last month, the Goddard School of Cherry Hill hosted a Luau Family Fun Day for a great cause. Parents, children, staff and volunteers enjoyed food, crafts, raffle baskets, a DJ, face painting and more - with event proceeds benefiting the Pink Roses Teal Magnolias fund at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Elisabeth Simon, Director of the Goddard School of Cherry Hill, said that breast cancer has hit close to home this year, as two of their moms were recently diagnosed. During the year, staff helped keep spirits high with “Wild Wig Wednesdays” where they wore crazy wigs during drop-off to share smiles and show support to those moms in treatment. But Goddard staff took it a step further by turning their end of summer... Read more →

Ninth Annual Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Benefit Dinner Raises $125,000 for MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Ninth Annual Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Benefit Dinner Raises $125,000 for MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper More Than $1 Million Raised Since First Event in 2011 CAMDEN, N.J. – Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation, announced that the Ninth Annual Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Dinner, held on Sept. 17, raised $125,000 for the lung cancer program at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Since its founding in 2011, this annual event has raised more than $1 million to support lung cancer research at MD Anderson at Cooper, South Jersey’s most comprehensive resource for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. “MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is making great strides in the way we diagnose and... Read more →

Cooper Chairman George E. Norcross III Announces Establishment of Bahamian Relief Fund to Help Victims of Hurricane Dorian

Camden, NJ -- Camden, NJ -- Cooper University Health Care Chairman George E. Norcross III announced that the health system, through The Cooper Foundation, has established a Bahamian Relief Fund to provide support to those affected by Hurricane Dorian that devastated the island nation last week. In the past few years, Cooper employees have contributed over $45,000 for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Houston following Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey. Cooper Chairman George E. Norcross III has kicked-off the fundraising effort with a personal donation of $5,000. “The images coming out from the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian have been horrific,” said Mr. Norcross. “Entire communities have been leveled by the storm and we want to extend our support for the... Read more →

Scientists triple storage time of human donor livers

NIH-funded research project develops new method to preserve human livers for transplantation. Monday, September 9, 2019 The machine profusion process helps supercool the liver without freezing the tissue.Massachusetts General Hospital Scientists have greatly extended the amount of time human livers can be stored for transplantation by modifying a previous protocol to extend the viability of rat livers. Previously, human livers were only viable for an average of nine hours, but the new method of preservation maintains liver tissue for up to 27 hours, giving transplant doctors and patients a much longer timeframe to work with. The research is supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), both part of the... Read more →

Aesthetics of Skin Cancer Therapy may vary by Treatment Type

Credit: Getty Images/Casarsa Guru While there are several effective options for treating non-melanoma skin cancers, some may result in better cosmetic appearance after treatment, according to researchers. Gloucestercitynews.net--Newswise — HERSHEY, Pa. — While there are several effective options for treating non-melanoma skin cancers, some may result in better cosmetic appearance after treatment, according to researchers. In a meta-analysis of 58 studies, a study led by Penn State College of Medicine compared four types of skin cancer treatments and found that while all four had similar recurrence rates a year after treatment, a form of radiation called brachytherapy and a type of surgery called Mohs micrographic surgery had better cosmetic results. Nicholas Zaorsky, assistant professor in radiation oncology and public health sciences, said the findings suggest... Read more →

*VIDEOS: Army Lt. Colonel Jim Nicholson Laid to Rest at Arlington National Cemetery

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA (August 19,2019)—Army Lt. Col. James D.Nicholson of Gloucester City, New Jersey was laid to rest on Monday, August 19, 2019 at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Approximately 80 people (family and friends) attended the service. The friends included retired military, former intelligence officers, military contractors, fellow journalists, along with Gloucester High School alumnus from the Class of 1960. Over his lifetime Mr. Nicholson worked for the Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Daily News, as well as serving in the U.S. Army and Marines. At age 69 Col. Nicholson was activated and served a year in the Iraq. Nicholson was named a GHS Distinguished Alumni in May. Colonel Nicholson died from heart failure on Friday, February 22, 2019, in Cooper Hospital, Camden City. Born... Read more →

NJ American Water Announces Grant to Fund Cramer Hill Revitalization

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (August 12, 2019) (Gloucestercitynews.net)– Today, representatives from the City of Camden, New Jersey American Water, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Camden Special Services District (CSSD), St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, community partners and Camden residents and business owners gathered for the announcement of a $981,464 Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) grant from New Jersey American Water to fund revitalization efforts in the Cramer Hill neighborhood in Camden. Today, representatives from the City of Camden, New Jersey American Water, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Camden Special Services District (CSSD), St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, community partners and Camden residents and business owners gathered to announce a $981,464 Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) grant from New Jersey American Water to fund revitalization efforts in the Cramer Hill neighborhood in Camden.... Read more →

The Cooper Foundation is Accepting Applications for Camden City Community Grant Program

CAMDEN CITY, NJ – George E. Norcross, III, chairman of the Cooper University Health Care Board of Trustees, announced today that The Cooper Foundation is now accepting applications for the first-ever Camden City Community Grant Program. Grant applications are due by Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. The Norcross Foundation, The Michaels Organization, NFI, and The Cooper Foundation initially announced the new $1 million grant program in January 2019. These community building grants will be awarded over the next five years to Camden City based, non-profit community organizations committed to making Camden a healthier place to live, work, learn and play. The goal of the new grant program is to address social determinants of health, including employment, education, literacy, childhood experience, physical environment, social... Read more →

An Arizona Transplant Family is Celebrating National Minority Donor Awareness Week:

Please Register to be a Life-Saving Organ or Tissue Donor (Bellemont, Arizona)(Gloucestercitynews.net)-- August 1st - 7th is recognized as National Minority Donor Awareness Week, which was created in 1998 to increase our nation’s consciousness of the need for more organ and tissue donors -- especially among multicultural communities. National Minority Donor Awareness Week honors communities of color who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors. It is about empowering multicultural communities to save and heal lives by registering as organ and tissue donors. As of August 2018, 58% of the individuals waiting on a life-saving transplant in the United States are multicultural patients. Hispanics represent nearly 20% of the patients on the national transplant waiting list. In 2016, nearly 13% of U.S.... Read more →

Support Lung Cancer Research

Camden City, NJ--Twelve years ago, the Fifis family lost a great man, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to lung cancer. His sons made a promise - to help find a cure for lung cancer and the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper was born. Now in its 9th year, the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Dinner raises funds and awareness to advance MD Anderson at Cooper’s mission by ensuring that our neighbors have access to the best possible lung cancer care right here in South Jersey. This year's dinner is on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. at Ponzio's in Cherry Hill. Click here for tickets and sponsorship information. Pictured Above: John Fifis, Susan Bass Levin,... Read more →

Cooper Honors Employee John Bishop for Heroic Actions

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (Gloucestercitynews.net)--Seniors leaders and staff of Cooper University Health Care gathered to celebrate Cooper employee John Bishop who heroically saved a woman who was being brutally attacked alongside a busy South Jersey highway June 6, 2019. Putting his own safety aside and thanks to his quick actions, he was able to rescue the victim and subdue the perpetrator until police could arrive. Police credit him with saving the woman’s life. “Every day Cooper employees save the lives of others. But what John did was over and above the call of duty. The entire senior leadership team commends John for his courageous actions,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, Cooper’s co-president and CEO, at the celebration. “John is a true hero. When he... Read more →

Cooper Researchers: Climate change may have brought flesh-eating infection to previously unaffected waters

Katherine Doktor, MD, MS (CAMDEN CITY, NJ)-(Gloucestercitynews.net)--In a case report published June 17, 2019, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at Cooper University Health Care caution that rising water temperatures in the Delaware Bay may be to blame for an increased number of local cases of Vibrio vulnificus (V. vulnificus), a flesh-eating infection that can occur after handling or consumption of seafood. In the article, the team of infectious disease specialists at Cooper, including Katherine Doktor, MD, and Henry Fraimow, MD, and clinical pharmacists Madeline King, PharmD, and Lucia Rose, PharmD, describe five cases of V. vulnificus necrotizing fasciitis that occurred during the summer months of 2017 and 2018 after water exposure and/or consumption of crabs from the Delaware Bay. All of the patients... Read more →

Cooper University Health Care First Hospital in South Jersey to Offer New Treatment for GERD

David D Shersher, MD (Camden City, NJ)--Cooper University Health Care recently became the first hospital in South Jersey to offer the LINX® Reflux Management System for people whose chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)cannot be controlled medically. Unlike standard surgical treatments for GERD, the minimally invasive LINX treatment uses a tiny bracelet of magnetic titanium beads to surround and compress the lower esophageal sphincter. This valve normally prevents stomach fluids from refluxing into the esophagus. The magnetic attraction between the beads prevents gastric pressure from pushing open the muscle. The bracelet is flexible enough that the force of swallowing allows the beads, which are strung with titanium wire, to expand with the normal passage of food into the stomach. “We are proud to be the first... Read more →

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Wednesday

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(July 16,2019)--Be advised that the National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory for Wednesday, July 17, 2019 through Saturday, July 20, 2019. ...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON Wednesday, July 17th TO 7 PM , Noon on Thursday, July 18th to 7 PM, Noon on Friday, July 19th to 7 PM and Noon on Saturday, July 20th to 7 PM. * HEAT INDEX VALUES...Between 100 and 104 due to temperatures in the low to mid-90s, and dewpoints in the lower 70s. * TIMING...The highest heat index values will occur during the afternoon into the early evening. * IMPACTS...The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is... Read more →

Temple U joins NIH and U of Pittsburgh in Launching Nationwide Precision Medicine Effort

(Philadelphia, PA) – Temple University will join the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Pittsburgh to open an enrollment site for the All of Us Research Program—a momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds. Temple’s effort is part of All of Us Pennsylvania in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh. The overall aim is to enroll more than one million participants nationwide, particularly from communities that have been underrepresented in research—making the program the largest, most diverse resource of its kind. Volunteers will join more than 220,000 participants across the United States who have already enrolled in All of Us. People ages 18 and older, regardless of health status, are able to participate. NIH has... Read more →

U.S. Youth Suicides on the Rise

CNBNews graphics file Newswise (Gloucestercitynews.net)--— Suicide rates among teens and young adults in the United States are on the rise among both males and females, reaching their highest point in 2017, according to newly published research analyzing suicide trends among U.S. youth between 2000 and 2017, the last year for which the researchers had data. The study is being published as a research letter in the June 18 issueof JAMA. Key findings: In 2017, a total of 6,241 suicides occurred in 2017 among individuals 15 to 24 years old. Of those, 5,016 were male and 1,225 female. In 2017, the overall suicide rate among 15-to-19-year-olds was 11.8 per 100,000 individuals (17.9 in males and 5.4 in females), compared with an overall rate of 8 per... Read more →

The Nicotine in E-cigarettes Appears to Impair Mucus Clearance

Newswise —(Gloucestercitynews.net)-- June 7, 2019─E-cigarette vaping with nicotine appears to hamper mucus clearance from the airways, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. In “Electronic Cigarette Vapor with Nicotine Causes Airway Mucociliary Dysfunction Preferentially via TRPA1 Receptors,“ a team of researchers from the University of Kansas, University of Miami and Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach reports that exposing human airway cells to e-cigarette vapor containing nicotine in culture resulted in a decreased ability to move mucus or phlegm across the surface. This phenomenon is called “mucociliary dysfunction.” The researchers report the same finding in vivo in sheep, whose airways mimic those of humans when exposed to e-cigarette vapor. “This study grew... Read more →

Opioid Epidemic Increases Number of Organs Available for Transplant

Research shows hearts from overdose donors may be as suitable as any others Newswise — CHICAGO—(Gloucestercitynews.net)--The confluence of two major health crises—the opioid epidemic and organ shortage—has moved surgeons to consider transplanting organs deemed as less than “perfect” in an effort to expand the donor pool and save more lives, according to research published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. “The opioid epidemic has increased the proportion of hearts transplanted from overdose death donors (ODD),” said Nader Moazami, MD, of NYU Langone Health in New York. “One of the roles of the transplant community is to at least partially mitigate the tragedy of this exponentially growing problem by maximizing the utilization of organs from ODD.” Dr. Moazami and colleagues evaluated trends in organ... Read more →

Cooper University Health Care Announces Winner of 2019 Cooper Civic Leadership Award

(Camden, NJ) Nidhi Baxi, an undergraduate biology student at Rutgers University-Camden, was named as the winner of the 2019 Cooper Civic Leadership Award at the Eighth Annual Chancellor’s Awards for Civic Engagement held recently. Cooper University Health Care established the Civic Leadership Award in 2018 to honor a Rutgers University-Camden student who exemplifies outstanding service to the Camden community. “We are proud to honor Nidhi with the Cooper Civic Leadership Award,” said Anthony Welch, Cooper University Health Care’s vice president of government and community relations, who presented the award at the ceremony held on the Rutgers-Camden campus. “Nidhi embodies the spirit of Cooper’s mission to serve, to heal, to educate. She is a role model for other students.” As a student at Rutgers-Camden, Ms. Baxi... Read more →

CBD Reduces Craving and Anxiety in People With Heroin Use

Mount Sinai study highlights the potential of cannabidiol as a treatment option for opioid abuse Newswise —(gloucestercitynews.net)- (New York – May 2019) Cannabidiol (CBD) reduced cue-induced craving and anxiety in individuals with a history of heroin abuse, suggesting a potential role for it in helping to break the cycle of addiction, according to research conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published May 21 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The study also revealed that CBD tended to reduce physiological measures of stress reactivity, such as increased heart rate and cortisol levels, that are induced by drug cues. The wide availability and use of heroin and prescription opioid medications in the United States during the past decade has resulted in an... Read more →

Community Partner Spotlight: Operation Snack Bags

“Resting in your therapy chair, know that there are those who care.” And thanks to The Women’s Council of Realtors Southern NJ Chapter, many of our patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, know that there are those that care. Our chemotherapy and radiation patients received 90 care bags filled with snacks, treats, comfort items, and notes from Charleen Orzechowski and her colleagues who raised funds and worked together to package the bags for Cooper's Tea Cart Program. “Our local chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors has been a proud supporter of The Cooper Foundation for the past five years and we wanted to expand our commitment to the organization,” said Orzechowski. “Our assembly line was full of love, hope and support for... Read more →

Cooper Honors Advanced Practice Nurse With “Military Employee of the Year” Award

(Camden, NJ) Cooper University Health Care presented the 2019 Cooper Military Employee of the Year Award to advanced practice nurse Ella Hawk, a member of the hospital’s cardiothoracic surgery team. The celebratory event, honoring Cooper employees who are veterans and/or active military, was held on May 21, 2019. The Cooper Military Employee of the Year Award was established in 2018 to formally recognize the outstanding contributions a Cooper staff member has made to the health system, the community, and the nation, as well as in support of Cooper’s mission To serve, to heal, to educate. “Today we are proud to honor our friend and colleague,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-president of Cooper University Health Care. “Cooper has a tremendous commitment to our... Read more →

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and Holy Redeemer to Expand

Advanced Cancer Care to Residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania CAMDEN CITY, NJ – MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and Holy Redeemer Health System have signed a Letter of Intent to develop a joint cancer program at Holy Redeemer Hospital. The agreement will expand the reach of Cooper University Health Care’s partnership with one of the leading cancer centers in the nation, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The physicians at MD Anderson at Cooper will provide clinical oversight of the cancer program at the Holy Redeemer campus and beyond. Patients at the Holy Redeemer Hospital facility will have access to the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care available at MD Anderson at Cooper, including radiation oncology, medical and surgical oncology, infusion, and diagnostic imaging. “MD... Read more →

$500,000 Grant to Cooper Health/Penn Medicine Princeton Health

to Integrate Health Care for Military, Veterans, First Responders The New Jersey Department of Health today announced $500,000 in grant funds to Cooper Health System and Penn Medicine Princeton Health to support the integration of primary care, behavioral health, palliative care, hospice and telehealth services for military members, veterans and first responders, who often face primary care and behavioral health challenges. “Patients with physical, mental and substance use conditions are often one in the same and require an integrated approach to their care for two or more of these categories. This is especially true for members of the armed forces, veterans and first-responders, who often carry internal wounds in addition to their physical conditions,” Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. “This investment will ensure that... Read more →

Camden Celebrates Opening of New Turf Field at KIPP Cooper Norcross Lanning Square Campus

Athletic Field Funded by $250,000 grant from the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL Foundation and LISC and a matching $250,000 grant from The Cooper Foundation Camden, N.J. – KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy (KCNA) celebrated the opening of a new turf field at its Lanning Square campus in Camden, New Jersey on Monday, May 13. Teachers, students, parents, community leaders, and NFL Foundation representatives gathered for a ribbon cutting at the new athletic field, which was installed thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Philadelphia Eagles through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program and a $250,000 matching grant from The Cooper Foundation. “We are here today to demonstrate our belief in the young residents of Camden and this new field confirms our investment in our students’... Read more →

Statement from Former NJ Gov. Jon S. Corzine Re: Camden City

Statement from Governor Jon S. Corzine As Governor, my administration prioritized precious economic development resources in our urban communities with Camden being a city of great need. When I took office, Camden was under state supervision, had a national reputation for violent crime and there was limited economic activity. Working with caring and dedicated community leaders, business and local government officials (including law enforcement), significant progress was made in lowering crime rates. We were also able to secure Campbell Soup’s continued presence and welcome a new medical school and Cancer Center associated with Cooper Hospital. The investments made with Cooper Hospital were anchoring steps in the “eds and meds” initiatives to rebuild Camden. My successor, Governor Christie, with whom I rarely agree, continued these economic... Read more →

Lethal Plans: When Seniors Turn To Suicide In Long-Term Care

A six-month investigation by KHN and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes. By Melissa Bailey and JoNel AlecciaApril 9, 2019 When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long. At 77, the stoic Wisconsin machinist had just endured the death of his wife of 51 years and a grim new diagnosis: throat cancer, stage 4. His son and daughter expected him to stay two weeks, tops, before going home to begin chemotherapy. From the start, they were alarmed by the lack of care at the center, where, they said, staff seemed indifferent, if not incompetent — failing to check... Read more →

“PowerUp” The Cooper Foundation New Neighborhood Initiative

CAMDEN, N.J. – The Cooper Foundation today announced a new community initiative, PowerUp, to address food insecurity for Camden children at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy and the Center for Family Services (CFFS) Head Start program at KIPP. PowerUp will also support workforce development, job-readiness training, and financial literacy programs for families in the Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square neighborhoods in Camden. “Promoting good health is more than physical well-being and PowerUP is designed to remove the stress of food insecurity and provide critical resources to help families improve their emotional, physical, and financial health,” said Susan Bass Levin, President & CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “For more than 130 years, Cooper has been serving the people of Camden and promoting good health, and PowerUp is... Read more →


Philadelphia Hospitals Responded to the Equivalent of 54 Mass Shootings

RESEARCHERS ANALYZED NUMBER OF FIREARM-INJURED PATIENTS THAT PRESENTED IN “CLUSTERS” WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF EACH OTHER AT THE SAME HOSPITAL PHILADELPHIA PA (April 10, 2019)--High-profile mass shootings involving three, four or more victims killed in a single incident receive extensive attention from media, policy makers and the general public. However, these traditionally defined mass shootings make up a small fraction of gun deaths in the United States. More commonly, firearm-injured patients (FIPs) present to trauma centers as a single victim or in clusters of multiple casualties, which do not achieve the definition of a mass shooting or a mass casualty incident (MCI). An MCI involves a high number of injured patients and overwhelms the resources of the local trauma center and/or regional trauma system. The... Read more →

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Cooper Gala Raises $2.2M

The Cooper Gala Was Red Hot!--Thank you to all of you who generously supported this year's event. Together we raised a record breaking $2.2 million in support of The Cooper Foundation's commitment to making life better for our patients and our community! Special thanks to our Co-Chairs George E. Norcross, III and Philip A. Norcross, our honorees Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE and Kevin M. O'Dowd, JD, our Host Committee and our Sponsors! gloucestercitynews.net | April 6, 2019 Read more →

Internationally Renowned Neurology Expert Joins Cooper University Health Care

CNBNewsnet | March 7, 2019 (Camden City, NJ) – Internationally renowned neurologist and researcher, Tudor G. Jovin, MD, has joined Cooper University Health Care as chief and chairman of Cooper Neurological Institute. Dr. Jovin is an expert in the interventional and non-interventional treatment for the entire spectrum of stroke and cerebrovascular disorders. He is board certified in neurology and has additional board certifications in vascular neurology and critical care neurology. He was one of the nation’s first interventional neurologists, a medical subspecialty that uses minimally invasive technologies applied from within the vessels to diagnose and treat diseases of the arteries and veins of the head, neck, and spine such as acute stroke, carotid stenosis, intracranial aneurysm, and arteriovenous malformations. “The fact that someone of Dr.... Read more →


CNBNewsnet | March 6, 2019 Dr. Daniel Dahle Serves an Area Larger Than Five States DALLAS, TX – Serving an area larger than five states and a community 45 miles from the nearest traffic light, Dr. Daniel Dahle is the medical version of a hero in a Clint Eastwood western, keeping the local citizens safe not with six shooters but with over three decades of medical expertise and an unflinching commitment to personalized care. For his exceptional record of compassion and service, Dr. Dahle has been named 2019 Country Doctor of the Year. Presented by Staff Care, an AMN Healthcare company, the Country Doctor of the Year Award recognizes the spirit, skill, and dedication of America’s rural medical practitioners. The leading temporary physician staffing firm... Read more →