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MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Recognized as a Top Performing Hospital for Colon Cancer Surgery in National Rankings

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper was recognized as a top performing hospital for colon cancer surgery in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals survey, which was released on August 14, 2018.

“This recognition reaffirms MD Anderson at Cooper’s role as a leading academic health system and our commitment to providing the highest level of cancer care to our community,” said Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, Co-President of Cooper University Health Care, in a recent announcement.

“We are especially proud of the outstanding care provided by MD Anderson at Cooper’s gastrointestinal cancer team of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and support staff,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, Co-President of Cooper. “Every day these dedicated professionals work diligently to serve our patients and their families.”

For the last five years, MD Anderson at Cooper has been an integrated clinical partner with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the nation’s top-ranked hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. MD Anderson has held the No. 1 ranking 14 times in the last 17 years, including this year.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings are intended to help patients with rare or life-threatening conditions make informed decisions about where to receive care. This year’s U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list ranks hospitals in 16 specialties: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; pulmonology; psychiatry; rehabilitation; rheumatology; and urology. This is the 29th year for the survey.

The rankings — which compare more than 4,500 medical centers across the country — are based primarily on objective measures, such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, and quality of nursing.

About MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Cooper University Health Care and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – a world-renowned cancer center – have partnered to create MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. The physicians at MD Anderson at Cooper adhere to the practice standards, treatment protocols, and guidelines set by MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. Disease-site specific multidisciplinary teams consisting of physicians, nurses, and other clinical specialists work together to provide cancer patients with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies, access to a wide range of groundbreaking clinical trials, and dynamic patient-physician relationships. A full complement of support services provides complete, compassionate care for our patients.

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Breast Cancer Patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center Benefit From Generosity of Local Knitters

A South Jersey group of knitters is teaming up with Cooper University Health Care to help women diagnosed with breast cancer. As affiliates of Knitted Knockers, a nationwide non-profit, the volunteers are creating hand-knitted prosthetic breasts for women who have undergone mastectomies or other breast procedures.

In the past year, the group has provided more than 50 sets, which come in a variety of sizes and colors, to patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, according to a recent media release.

“We understand that dealing with breast cancer can be difficult emotionally as well as physically,” said Kristin L. Brill, MD, FACS, program director for The Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. “We are dedicated to providing a full range of services to help patients through this experience. We are grateful to the local volunteers for making the Knitted Knockers that we are able to offer as alternatives to our patients.”

“Our local Knitted Knockers volunteers help breast cancer survivors feel better during a difficult time in their lives,” said Susan Bass Levin, president and CEO of The Cooper Foundation, which coordinated the donations. “The group’s name alone brings a smile to people’s faces.”

The Knitted Knockers organization was founded in 2011 in Washington State by a breast cancer survivor and has now grown to include volunteer groups in all 50 states. The group’s goal was to produce an inexpensive, yet viable substitute for traditional prosthetics or to be used while awaiting reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy. The Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable, can be worn inside a traditional bra, and are free upon request.

Locally, the South Jersey Knitted Knockers, a group of compassionate volunteer knitters and crocheters, are making these knockers for breast cancer survivors in the community. Currently, 25 women are involved with the group which is generously supported by the Saltzman Foundation Life Long Learning Institute at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill.

“Our group is grateful to Dr. Brill, Susan Bass Levin, and their associates at Cooper for helping us deliver these free prostheses, handmade with tender loving care, to breast cancer survivors in our community” said Knitted Knockers co-chair Denise Weinberg.

The knockers are offered to breast cancer patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Patients at other hospitals may also obtain a free set of knockers by contacting the group directly.

Additional knitters and crocheters are welcome at any time. Knitters and crocheters must be able to follow an easy pattern, and must use only approved yarns which will be supplied by the Saltzman Foundation. For more information, contact southjerseyknockers@gmail.com.

About Cooper University Health Care

Cooper University Health Care is the leading academic health care system in South Jersey. This includes South Jersey’s only Level I trauma center at Cooper University Hospital, a leading cancer center – MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, the only Level II pediatric trauma center in the Delaware Valley – Children’s Regional Hospital, one of the largest physicians group in the region, four urgent care centers, and more than 100 outpatient offices throughout South Jersey and Pennsylvania. Cooper has been carrying out its mission “to serve, to heal, to educate” since 1887.

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New Outpatient Diagnostic Mammography Unit Opens at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Expanding to meet growing patient demand, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper recently announced the opening of a new outpatient diagnostic mammography center on its Camden campus.

“This is another exciting day as MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper continues to transform cancer care for the people of South Jersey and the region,” said Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, executive chairman and chief executive officer at Cooper, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “In just five short years, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper has become a leading cancer center in South Jersey with more than 11,000 new patient visits last year alone.”

The one-stop center, conveniently located on the first floor of MD Anderson at Cooper, will offer diagnostic mammograms, biopsies, and ultrasound services. The space includes a consultation area, a reading room, and comfortable waiting areas for patients. The facility also provides a separate waiting area for male patients.

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“Our goal is to provide the highest level of services with the needs of our patients in mind,” said Generosa Grana, MD, director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. “Consolidating these services and adding new amenities in one central location provides patients with greater convenience and access to other services they may need.”

 

Since opening nearly five years ago, MD Anderson at Cooper has undergone several expansion projects to provide more comprehensive cancer care services for patients. This  includes The Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center in July 2015; a new 30-bed inpatient oncology unit – the only one in South Jersey – on the 5thFloor of the Roberts Pavilion at Cooper University Hospital in July 2016; and an expanded outpatient infusion center in November 2016.

Diagnostic Mammography Unit Cooper

About MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Cooper University Health Care and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – a world-renowned cancer center – have partnered to create MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. The physicians at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper adhere to the practice standards, treatment protocols, and guidelines set by MD Anderson in Houston, Texas.

Disease-site specific multidisciplinary teams consisting of physicians, nurses, and other clinical specialists work together to provide cancer patients with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies, access to a wide range of groundbreaking clinical trials, and dynamic patient-physician relationships. A full complement of support services provides complete, compassionate care for our patients.