MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Opens New Dedicated Inpatient Oncology Unit

  MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is expanding its services with the opening of a new inpatient oncology unit at Cooper University Hospital.  The new, specialized 30-bed, all private-room unit on the 5th floor of the Roberts Pavilion will replace Cooper’s existing oncology inpatient unit and will begin accepting patients in early July. Cooper is the only hospital in South Jersey with a dedicated inpatient oncology unit.
  “This unit is an important part of our comprehensive cancer services,” said Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer at Cooper.  “Since 2013, when we partnered with MD Anderson Cancer Center to bring world-class cancer care to South Jersey, thousands of residents have chosen to stay right here in the Garden State to receive first-rate cancer care. Each year since opening the cancer center, we have seen a substantial increase in patients.  Since 2013, we have experienced a more than 20 percent increase in patients we’ve treated.”
  “Our new unit complements the services provided at our outpatient centers and supports our vision of multidisciplinary cancer care and gives cancer patients and their families a space that is supportive and healing,” said Generosa Grana, MD, director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.
Two board-certified medical oncologists oversee inpatient cancer care on the unit, and the MD Anderson Cooper team of medical oncologists will provide on-site coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, said Grana.  In addition oncology-certified nurses, dedicated pharmacists, social workers, and behavioral health experts, will work collaboratively with the medical oncology team to administer chemotherapy, biotherapy, manage patient pain and symptoms and provide other supportive services.
At the ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new unit: (from left) Stephanie D. Conners, MBA, BSN, NEA-BC, Senior Executive Vice President, Hospital Chief Operating Officer and System Chief Nursing Officer; Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer at Cooper; Francis R. Spitz, MD, FACS, Deputy Director, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper ; and Generosa Grana, MD, Director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper