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October 24, 2016 Sharon R. Clark, CMSRU
  Wendy Marano


Cooper Foundation, Cooper University Health Care, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) Present Fourth Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture, a “Story Slam”

“Story Slam” offers physicians and healthcare professionals a forum to share their most memorable personal experiences in practicing medicine

CAMDEN, N.J. An emergency room at 3 a.m., a physician’s personal experience of loss, a diagnostic dilemma, and more. These occurrences are unique to the experience of practicing medicine. Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) physicians and care providers will share stories of some of their most memorable, emotional, inspiring and thought-provoking experiences in a “Story Slam” at the Fourth Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture on Ethics and Humanism in Medicine, Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. at CMSRU at 401. S. Broadway, Camden.

“This modern approach to storytelling inspires discussion and reflection about some of the challenging social, ethical and emotional experiences our healthcare providers face,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “We are excited to offer this unique program to the Cooper community, and we’re tremendously grateful to the Berkowitz Family Foundation for the opportunity to spotlight the human side of the practice of medicine.”

Six physicians and an advanced practice nurse – from Cooper University Health Care and CMSRU – will present their stories to an audience of more than 150 of their Cooper colleagues, medical students and members of the public. Each will have five minutes to share their personal narrative.

The evening will be moderated by Christine Laine, MD, MPH, editor-in-chief of the Annals of Internal Medicine and is modeled on the American College of Physicians successful program. Stories may be eligible for publication on the Annals of Internal Medicine website.

“My family and I are proud of my father’s legacy and his commitment to medical ethics and humanism in the practice of medicine,” said Arthur Berkowitz.

The Berkowitz Family Foundation was formed by Edwin Berkowitz, a successful businessman and philanthropic leader in the Delaware Valley and around the world. Berkowitz is the former Chairman of the Board of JE Berkowitz Glass Company, founded in 1920 by his father and now run by his son, Arthur. The Foundation supports a variety of philanthropic activities, with a special interest in activities related to medical ethics, education and programs for seniors. It established the Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture Series through a significant educational gift to The Cooper Foundation. Mr. Berkowitz passed away in January 2016 from cancer. We celebrate the Fourth Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture in his memory.

About The Cooper Foundation/Cooper University Health Care
The Cooper Foundation serves as the philanthropic, community outreach and community development arm of Cooper University Health Care, one of the largest health systems in southern New Jersey with over 100 outpatient offices and its flagship, Cooper University Hospital located in Camden, N.J. Cooper University Hospital is the premier university hospital serving South Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Cooper has reaffirmed its role as a leader in medical education and research with the opening of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in 2012, the first four-year allopathic medical school in South Jersey. Cooper is renowned for signature programs in cardiology, cancer, critical care, pediatrics, trauma, orthopaedics and neurosciences. Cooper is also home to the only state designated Children’s Hospital in South Jersey—the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Over the last decade, Cooper has transformed its Camden City neighborhood into the Cooper Health Sciences Campus. In October 2013, the new MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, a freestanding cancer center for comprehensive care, opened on the Health Sciences Campus.