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January 31, 2017 Kim Maialetti
  Wendy Marano


Cooper Renames Trauma Admitting Area in Honor of Renowned Trauma Surgeon Steven E. Ross, MD

CAMDEN, N.J.  Cooper University Hospital today renamed its Trauma Admitting Area in honor of renowned trauma surgeon Steven E. Ross, MD, longtime leader of the Cooper Trauma Center.

As part of a surprise ceremony, George E. Norcross, III, Chairman, Cooper University Health Care, unveiled a new sign and commemorative plaque designating the Trauma Admitting Area as the new Steven E. Ross Trauma Admitting Area.

“Naming the Trauma Admitting Area in honor of Dr. Ross is a perfect tribute to his contribution to Cooper’s reputation for excellence in trauma,” said Norcross. “His name will forever remain a part of the trauma department that he helped to build.”

The ceremony and celebration of Dr. Ross’s achievements were hosted by The Cooper Foundation, which coordinated a secret fundraising mission that honored Ross and raised more than $125,000 to equip the Trauma Admitting Area with new portable X-ray technology.

“An icon at Cooper and beyond, Dr. Ross has dedicated his career to making the Cooper Trauma Center the best it can be and always puts his patients and their families first.” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO, The Cooper Foundation. “Everyone knows that the only spotlights Dr. Ross likes are the ones in the operating room, which is why this secret mission has been so much fun.”

Ross joined Cooper in 1984 and served as the Trauma Division Head from 1988 through 2015. During that time, Cooper’s Trauma Center achieved national recognition for clinical care, education, and clinical research. The Cooper Trauma Center is the only Level I trauma center in South Jersey.

Ross now serves as Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Surgical Residency Program Director, and Professor of Surgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

“Cooper's reputation in the region for providing exceptional trauma care is largely due to the work of Dr. Ross," said Adrienne Kirby, President and CEO of Cooper University Health Care. "He has made Cooper a better hospital by consistently and passionately focusing on providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. He is an asset to our organization.”

Anthony Mazzarelli, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Cooper University Health Care said: “Dr. Ross has trained hundreds of physicians over the years, including me. Those of us that have learned under him share a bond – we have studied under someone that has not only shaped Cooper, but also helped design and improve the entire trauma system in New Jersey.”

The Cooper Foundation
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.

About the Trauma Center at Cooper University Hospital
The Trauma Center at Cooper University Hospital was established in 1982 and is one of only three New Jersey State-Designated Level I Trauma Centers verified by the American College of Surgeons, the highest national recognition possible. Cooper serves as the regional Trauma Center for southern New Jersey including Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean and Salem counties and acts as a resource for the Level II Trauma Centers in our region. A Level I Trauma Center cares for severely injured patients involved in motor vehicle crashes, falls, industrial accidents and acts of violence. Specially trained physicians and surgeons focus on the care of the trauma patient. On average, Cooper admits nearly 3,000 trauma patients each year, making it the busiest center in New Jersey.