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September 14, 2017

Your Monthly Round-Up of Stories From
The Cooper Foundation


In This Issue:

Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Dinner
Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch Meet Pink & Teal Hero, Katherine Hansen, DO
Featured Donor: Hayley & Michael Del Rossi and the Medford Panther Players
Hurricane Relief Fund Cooper to Acquire Lourdes & St. Francis
Fifth Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture
Operation BackpackSoccer Fest Offers Camden Kids Chance to Play
From Our Inbox In The News


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Get your tickets now for the 7th Annual Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at Ponzio’s in Cherry Hill.


This event supports lung cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and was created in honor of Jim Fifis, beloved husband and father and Ponzio’s owner, who lost his battle with lung cancer ten years ago.


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Q & A with Pink and Teal Hero Katherine Hansen, DO

Katherine Hansen, DO, is a surgeon at the Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center at MD Anderson Cooper and a 2017 Pink and Teal Hero. Check out this Q & A and get to know Dr. Hansen.


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Hayley & Michael
Del Rossi and the Medford Panther Players

Hayley Del Rossi's breast cancer diagnosis was not going to stop her from being there on opening night of the Medford Panther Players spring musical. She and her husband, Michael, both teachers, had been working with the middle-school cast since November. The show had to go on. Read what happened next and how the Panther Players came together in honor of Hayley to raise $1,200 for MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.


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Thank you to everyone who has donated to the MD Anderson Cooper Hurricane Relief Fund to help employees at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey and assist the greater Houston community as it rebuilds.


Donations are still being accepted. To make a donation, click here.


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Cooper to Acquire Lourdes Health System

and St. Francis Medical Center


George E. Norcross III, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cooper University Health Care, announced earlier this month that Cooper has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Lourdes Medical Center in Camden and Burlington, and St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.


When the transaction is completed, the combined entity will become the largest health system in South Jersey.


“This agreement will bring together health care providers from across south and central New Jersey, allowing us to dramatically expand access to the high quality of care for thousands of new patients,” said Chairman Norcross. “Since its founding 130 years ago, Cooper has always been committed to providing the best care possible for its community. With this announcement, the size of our community may expand, but the high quality of care will remain the same. Come grow with us.”


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Damon Tweedy, MD, Author of Black Man in a White Coat, Discusses Race and Medicine At Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture

Damon Tweedy, MD, was the featured speaker for the Fifth Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture on Humanism in Medicine.


“I hope that sharing my story will humanize the dire statistics and bitter racial debates that exist today,” Dr. Tweedy told the audience of more than 220 physicians, nurses, staff, medical students and community leaders. “I want to paint a fuller picture of the experiences of black patients, and black doctors who navigate between the black community and the predominately white medical world.”


Thank you to the Berkowitz Family Foundation for its generosity.


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More Than 1,000 Backpacks Donated Through Operation Backpack

Student scholars from KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Lanning Square and Whittier schools started the school year off right with new backpacks and school supplies donated through The Cooper Foundation’s Operation Backpack Drive.


The Foundation collected more than 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies donated by Cooper University Health Care employees.


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Soccer Fest Offers Camden Kids Chance to Play

The Camden Health & Athletic Association (CHAA), in partnership with the Camden Youth Soccer Club, last month hosted its second annual Soccer Fest, a free skills and drills clinic, for 100 Camden children with interactive exhibits by Philadelphia Union U on Tour.


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On Operation Backpack: “Thank you and the Cooper team from the bottom of my heart.” – Barbara Tatem, whose granddaughter Jewel entered kindergarten at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy and came home with a backpack and school supplies from Operation Backpack


On Cooper’s Acquisition of Lourdes and St. Francis: “This is wonderful!!! Go Cooper Go......Grow Cooper Grow”– Asha Mitchell


On Pink and Teal Hero Maria Metzler: “Maria was my chemo nurse in 2013. I will always remember the wonderful care she gave me, and I am forever grateful to have been blessed to have her as my chemo nurse. What an angel she is!”– Barbara



In The News

∙ Holtec Opens New Facility On Camden Waterfront - Newsworks – September 7, 2017 by Tom MacDonald: A more than 300-million dollar high tech manufacturing facility is up and officially open in Camden. Read More


∙ Cooper Agrees To Acquire Our Lady of Lourdes - Courier-Post – August 31, 2017 by Jim Walsh: Cooper University Health Care has signed a letter of intent to acquire Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden and two affiliated hospitals. Read More


∙ Backpacks Bring Smiles To Students - 6ABC Action News – August 29, 2017: Students heading back to class got some much-needed help to get themselves ready for the school year, and it's all thanks to some very generous donors. Watch Video


∙ Commentary: Superintendent Rouhanifard Brings Hope To Camden’s Children - Courier-Post – August 15, 2017 by Angel Cordero: Because Camden public schools can serve as a model for other districts in New Jersey, it is important to consider what has been taking place in the educational community here. Read More

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