Healthcare and Education
Rutgers University Camden: The excellence and achievement of a world-class research university combine with the intimacy of an elite liberal arts college at Rutgers-Camden, where the Rutgers experience is readily accessible at every level. Esteemed for the scholarly accomplishments of its faculty and students, treasured for its intimate community spirit, and applauded for its regional leadership, Rutgers-Camden transforms lives in its role as the most prominent institution of higher education in southern New Jersey. It's tree-lined 40 acre campus is an integral part of the City's University District.
Rowan University Camden: In February 2009, Rowan's Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the landmark First Camden National Bank and Trust Building at the corner of Cooper Street and Broadway. The facility, which is undergoing renovations, will serve as the new home of the university's Camden Campus, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary in the city.
Camden County College: Camden County College continues to build on the momentum it has established since opening the state-of-the-art Camden Technology Center in 2004. The center is the flagship facility at CCC's downtown campus and represents its ongoing commitment to the city.
UMDNJ: UMDNJ is the nation's largest health sciences University. Founded in 1970 to consolidate New Jersey's health professions education, UMDNJ has become the very core of the state's health sciences system. With five campuses and a network of more than 200 affiliated healthcare and educational partners spanning the state, we touch the lives of almost every New Jerseyan every day. Our mission is both simple and inspiring to enhance the health of all New Jerseyans through broad-based programs covering every aspect of the health sciences.
Cooper University Hospital: Cooper University Hospital is a major anchor institution in Downtown Camden as a provider of health services, medical education and clinical research for all of southern New Jersey and the Delaware Valley.
Cooper Hospital serves as the regional level one trauma center for southern New Jersey including Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean and Salem counties, On average, Cooper treats more than 2,700 trauma patients each year, making it the busiest center in New Jersey. In April 2007, Cooper University Hospital treated New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine who had suffered life-threatening injuries due to a car accident on the Garden State Parkway.
In June 2004, Cooper University Hospital announced a $220 million expansion to the hospital's Health Sciences Campus that includes a new patient care pavilion attached to the existing facility. Subsequently, plans for the new patient care pavilion were expanded from six floors (211,000 sq ft.) to ten floors (312,000 sq ft.), with the inclusion of additional landscape improvements and patient amenity design features. In 2010, much of this expansion has been completed.
The origins of Cooper University Hospital can be traced to 1887, when a prominent Quaker family named Cooper opened a hospital to provide medical care for the population of Camden. Richard M. Cooper, M.D., four of his brothers and sisters and one nephew donated money and land for the hospital to be built between Sixth and Seventh Streets, from MLK to Benson Streets. Though the four-story, stone building was completed in 1877, the original 30-bed hospital stood empty for 10 years until enough money was available to open for patients in August 1887.
In the first 100 years of the hospital's existence, additions to the original building and the construction of freestanding structures on the surrounding 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land further anchored the Cooper Hospital campus in Camden. Eventually the small community hospital turned into a 540-bed regional tertiary care center that cared for the population's most critically ill patients.
Our Lady of Lourdes: Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is a key Camden institution that has provided regional health care for more than 50 years. Lourdes recently completed a $60 million campus expansion and is working with the adjacent Parkside neighborhood on housing and infrastructure improvements. Lourdes opened the LIFE at Lourdes Program in 2000.