The investment in the Camden, New Jersey-based healthcare system’s campus aims to meet current and future growth in demand.
Cooper University Health Care and the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper announced earlier this week that the Camden, NJ campus will receive a $2 billion “revitalization and expansion.”
According to the health system, this is the largest announced investment in the history of Camden County, New Jersey. Plans include building three new clinic towers that would add more than 100 private patient rooms; green facilities with new technology and innovations; and the expansion of education and teaching space for South Jersey’s only academic healthcare system.
The expansion could take up to a decade, according to NJ.com.
George E. Norcross III, who serves as Chairman of the Board, the system’s Co-CEOs Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, and Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, and the Board of Trustees were assisted by the current Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy and former state governor Chris Christie announce expansion plans for the historically underserved city.
“Not only does this announcement represent the culmination of Cooper’s amazing turnaround since it faced bankruptcy at the turn of the century, but it is also a sign of our commitment to and confidence in Camden, its residents and our future together,” Norcross said in an opinion. “Camden’s transformation from America’s poorest and most dangerous city to a thriving city is a national model of what cities can achieve with commitment, trust and hard work.
According to a press release, an “unprecedented” partnership between government, business, nonprofits and religious leaders has transformed the city “from the poorest and most violent city in the country to a place that then-President Barack Obama said in 2015 was’ a symbol of promise to the nation’.”
The health system co-CEOs also shared statements on the announcement.
“This expansion will give our dedicated professionals the resources, innovation and flexibility to continue to serve, heal and educate our community and allow us to recruit more world-class talent,” said Mazzarelli.
“Cooper has grown into an elite, nationally recognized academic healthcare system, and this amazing transformation could only have been accomplished through the tireless effort of dedicated and dedicated team members,” said O’Dowd.
The healthcare system was recently recognized as one of America’s Best Employers forbes and was just one of seven health systems in New Jersey to make the list in 2022.
Melanie Blackman is the Strategy Editor at HealthLeaders, a brand of HCPro.