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February 20, 2013 Kim Maialetti
  Lori Shaffer


Cooper Foundation Announces $100,000 Gift from IBEW Local 351

CAMDEN, N.J. The Cooper Foundation today announced a $100,000 gift from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 351 in support of the ongoing $50 million Cooper Campaign for the continued growth of Cooper University Hospital.

“The members of IBEW Local 351 have always been generous supporters of Cooper and of the South Jersey region, and we thank them,” said George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Cooper Health System and Cooper University Hospital. “This donation will help ensure families from across the region will continue to have access to world class healthcare, right here in South Jersey.”

In appreciation of the contribution, the Foundation unveiled a sign outside the hospital gift shop recognizing IBEW Local 351 for its generosity. In attendance for the sign unveiling were: John P. Sheridan, Jr., President and CEO, Cooper University Health Care; Adrienne Kirby, Senior Executive Vice President and COO, Cooper University Health Care; Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO, The Cooper Foundation; Sen. Donald Norcross, also an IBEW member; Edward Gant, Business Manager, IBEW Local 351, and several other IBEW officers.

“IBEW Local 351 is proud to make this gift in support of Cooper University Hospital,” said Gant. “Our members and their families live in South Jersey, and we recognize how important it is to have high quality healthcare that we can count on. Moreover, Cooper is a significant contributor to our region’s economy, and its growth will help create and sustain more good-paying jobs in our community.”

The cornerstone of The Cooper Campaign is the construction of the new $100 million Cooper Cancer Institute, located on the Cooper Health Sciences Campus in Camden and opening in the fall of 2013. The Campaign will also support new, advanced programs and technology at the Cooper Heart Institute, the Bone and Joint Institute, the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper and the Trauma Center.

“The generosity of IBEW Local 351 will help enable Cooper to continue its most dramatic expansion in its 125-year history,” said Levin. “Support for Cooper makes a difference in the lives of patients and their families every single day and goes a long way in supporting the revitalization of neighborhoods surrounding the Cooper Health Sciences Campus.”

Those interested in contributing to The Cooper Campaign may call The Cooper Foundation at 856-342-2222.

About Cooper University Health Care

Cooper University Health Care is one of the largest health systems in Southern New Jersey with over 100 outpatient offices and its flagship, Cooper University Hospital located in Camden, NJ. It 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 seven years, Cooper has transformed its Camden City neighborhood into the Cooper Health Sciences Campus. In fall 2013, The Cooper Cancer Institute, a free standing center for comprehensive cancer care, will open on the Health Sciences Campus. Cooper also continues its regional expansion with the opening of new and expanded facilities throughout Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties.