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Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper Honors Pediatric Leaders, Raises More Than $140,000 for Children’s Health Care Programs
The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper and The Cooper Foundation of Cooper University Health Care tonight honored two esteemed South Jersey leaders in pediatric medicine and raised more than $140,000 to benefit children’s health care programs.
“The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper offers expert clinical staff and advanced medical technology designed to diagnose and treat the most complex pediatric diseases,” said George E. Norcross III, chairman of The Cooper Board of Trustees. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper will continue to provide world class care in South Jersey and throughout the region.”
Honorees Anat R. Feingold, MD, and Jackie Ficerai Tedeschi, RN, CPN, were recognized for their dedication to providing excellence in pediatric care to children across South Jersey.
“Through the leadership and mentorship of individuals like Dr. Feingold and Jackie Ficerai Tedeschi, Cooper continues to distinguish itself as the only state-recognized acute-care children’s hospital, offering the most comprehensive pediatric program in South Jersey,” said Michael Goodman, MD, chief of pediatrics at the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper.
More than 200 people attended the special evening reception, which was held in the Roberts Pavilion at Cooper University Hospital and raised more than $140,000. Proceeds will benefit The Children’s Regional Hospital and four of its special programs: Cooper Learning Center, Child Life Program, Child Abuse Prevention and Pediatric HIV/Treatment Center.
“We celebrate Dr. Feingold and Jackie Ficerai Tedeschi, RN, CPN, and thank our event supporters for their commitment to making a difference in the lives of our littlest patients,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation.
Dr. Feingold is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She serves as the Division Head of Pediatric Infectious Disease; Director of the Inpatient Pediatric Unit; and she is the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Cooper.
Dr. Feingold joined Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper in 1994, as an attending physician practicing closely with former chief of pediatrics Dr. Sidney Sussman in the Southern New Jersey Pediatric AIDS Program at Cooper. Dr. Feingold, who has been recognized by AIDS activist organizations and as a “Top Doc” by regional publications, discovered her passion for activism in the AIDS epidemic during her first fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York City.
“When I saw the effect of the AIDS epidemic on inner city communities, I knew that I wanted to become an infectious disease specialist,” Dr. Feingold said.
Jackie is celebrating 24 years as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper this year. She began her career at Cooper as a staff nurse and 18 months later was promoted to Associate Clinical Director of Pediatrics and the PICU, where she still serves today.
Jackie is well known for her patient centered clinical care in addition to her coaching and mentoring of colleagues over the years, and shaping them into exceptional nurse leaders. She discovered nursing in college and chose it as a career path because of the many opportunities within the field.
“Pediatrics has always held a special place for me because I am inspired by the courage and spirit of children and their families,” Jackie explained. “Through my work at Cooper, I have a chance to impact families, and in turn, I am touched by them.”
The Tribute Event was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cherry Hill and The Cooper Women’s Board and included a special presentation, raffle prizes, a silent auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dr. Michael Goodman, Chief of Pediatrics, Dr. William Sharrar, Chief Emeritus of Pediatrics, and Michael Hartung, trustee of The Cooper Foundation and owner of Mercedes-Benz of Cherry Hill, served as co-chairs of the event.