At 432 pages, Cooper: The Story of Cooper Hospital 1887 to 2017 is an impressive and comprehensive commemorative history. Cooper is one of the largest hospitals in the Northeast. Founded over 135 years ago as a hospital for the poor, it’s growth and renowned expertise has helped revitalize downtown Camden, New Jersey.
This fascinating history traces the Cooper story from 1887 to 2017. It incorporates historical research, personal interviews, medical milestones, and hospital records. It describes the dramatic transformation from its humble beginnings as a thirty‐bed hospital into today’s world‐class academic medical center and regional health care leader. The story documents how Cooper began as the dream of a prominent Camden family. It traces its growth and expansion through times of prosperity as well as challenges. Each chapter captures the essence of Cooper through its dedicated physicians, nurses, administrators, Board members, and health care staff. These people guided Cooper’s growth along the way. It is these compassionate, community‐minded and visionary men and women who ultimately created a thirty‐block Health Sciences Campus. Cooper is committed to outstanding patient care, medical education, and academic research that’s still anchored in the neighborhood where it began.