Cooper University Hospital

Cooper University Hospital is a teaching hospital and biomedical research facility located in Camden, New Jersey. The hospital formerly served as a clinical campus of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.[1] Affiliated with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, the hospital offers training programs for medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, and allied health professionals. In partnership with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cooper operates a comprehensive cancer center serving patients in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley.[2]

Cooper University Hospital
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Main entrance of Cooper University Hospital
LocationCamden, New Jersey, US
Affiliated universityCooper Medical School of Rowan University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (until 2008) [1]
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center
SpecialityInterventional cardiology, Neurosurgery, Critical Care
HelipadFAA LID: NJ17

Cooper is affiliated with the Coriell Institute for Medical Research and is a tertiary partner for twenty-one regional hospitals.[3]


Cooper University Hospital was established in 1887 by the family of a prominent Quaker physician called Richard M. Cooper. The original hospital had 30 beds and provided health care services to the low-income population of Camden. It slowly grew from a small community hospital into a 635-bed[3] regional tertiary care center. In 1982, it opened a trauma center that remains one of only three state-designated Level I Trauma Centers in New Jersey. It is certified by the American College of Surgeons[4] and serves as the regional trauma center for southern New Jersey counties. It also serves as a resource for Level II Trauma Centers in the South Jersey region. Cooper admits nearly 3000 trauma patients each year, making it the busiest center in New Jersey.[5]

Cooper serves as southern New Jersey's major tertiary-care referral hospital for specialized services and is home to the Bone & Joint Institute, Heart Institute, Neurological Institute and Urological Institute.

In 2010, the hospital launched the first medical evacuation helicopter service in Cumberland County.[6]

In 2012, the American talk show host Kelly Ripa became an official spokesperson for Cooper.[7]

Currently, Cooper stands as one of the largest healthcare providers in the region with over 1.2 million outpatient visits annually and over 7,000 employees.[8] The Cooper Institutes and Centers of Excellence include: The Bone and Joint Institute, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, The Ripa Center for Women's Health and Wellness,[9] The Cooper Heart Institute and Center for Population Health, among many others.[8]

MD Anderson Cancer Center at CooperEdit

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

George Norcross, a prominent philanthropist in New Jersey and Chairman of the Board at Cooper, led the effort to create a new partnership between Cooper University Hospital and the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 2013, the two institutions opened a $100 million free-standing facility that houses comprehensive outpatient cancer services, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, gynecologic oncology, and urology. Other resources include a new pathology laboratory, linear accelerator and PET-CT facility.[10] The center offers patients in the Delaware Valley access to MD Anderson's cancer treatment protocols and clinical trials. The MD Anderson Cancer unit at Cooper has 30 inpatient state-of-the-art private rooms on the fifth floor of the Roberts Pavilion.[11]

Cooper University Hospital is one of three co-branded partner institutions of MD Anderson Cancer Center, which also include the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Arizona and MD Anderson International in Spain.[12] The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper had over 6,500 new patient visits in 2016.[3] The Leapfrog Group for Pancreatic Surgery ranks MD Anderson Cooper number one in the state of New Jersey for safety in Pancreatic surgery.[3]


The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

In 2016, according to their annual report, Cooper University Hospital had:[3]

  • Hospital admissions: 30,573
  • Surgical cases: 19,941
  • MD Anderson new patient visits: 6,564
  • Emergency department visits: 78,270
  • Transfer volume to Cooper: 6,034
  • Outpatient visits: 1,583,241
  • Urgent care visits: 43,433
  • Trauma cases: 3,682


Cooper University Hospital's lobby

In June 2004, Cooper University Hospital announced a $220 million expansion to the hospital's Health Sciences Campus that includes a new patient care pavilion attached to the existing facility. Subsequently, plans for the new patient care pavilion were expanded from six floors (211,000 sq ft.) to ten floors (312,000 sq ft.), with the inclusion of additional landscape improvements and patient amenity design features.

Cooper University Hospital's pavilion project is part of the hospital's efforts to create a regional health science campus in Camden, which will also include a new $130 million Academic and Research Building, as well as a stem cell institute, cancer institute, clinical research building, clinical office building and additional off-street parking.

Designed by EwingCole of Philadelphia, the patient pavilion opened in December 2008 and the hospital's orientation was shifted from Haddon Avenue to Martin Luther King Boulevard, as visitors began entering the hospital through the new lobby and utilizing the Camden County Improvement Authority parking, which connects to the hospital via an enclosed walkway.

The hospital is a planned stop on the Glassboro–Camden Line, an 18-mile (28.97 km) diesel multiple unit (DMU) light rail system projected for completion in 2019, which will connect to the River LINE.[13]


  1. ^ a b "History". Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Rutgers. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
  2. ^ "Cooper University Health Care and MD Anderson Cancer Center Announce Partnership". MD Anderson Cancer Center. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
  3. ^ a b c d e "2016 Annual Report" (PDF). Cooper Health. 2016-12-01. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  4. ^ "American College of Surgeons: Trauma Programs: Consultations/Verification Programs: Verified Trauma Centers". Archived from the original on 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2013-07-02.
  5. ^ "Level 1 Trauma Center". Cooper University Health Care. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
  6. ^ Landau, John (Dec 7, 2010). "Cooper takes flight in Cumberland County". Courier Post.
  7. ^ . 2013-06-10 Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2015-03-29. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ a b "About Us". Cooper University Health Care. 2017-01-01. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  9. ^ "The Ripa Center for Women's Health & Wellness". Cooper University Health Care. 2017-01-01. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  10. ^ "UT MD Anderson and Cooper University Health Care Unite". MD Anderson Cancer Center. 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  11. ^ "UT MD Anderson and Cooper University Health Care Unite". MD Anderson Cancer Center. 2017-01-01. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  12. ^ "Global Map of Sister Institutions". MD Anderson Cancer Center. 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  13. ^ "Fact Sheet 2013" (PDF). Glassboro-Camden Line. DVPA & PATCO. Retrieved 2012-04-08.

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Coordinates: 39°56′30″N 75°07′00″W / 39.9416°N 75.1167°W / 39.9416; -75.1167