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A $5 Million Pledge to Cooper

December 18, 2011

Sandra and George Norcross announced a $5 million pledge to Cooper University Hospital. It is the first commitment in a $50 million capital campaign to help fund the expansion of one of New Jersey’s preeminent medical centers. The Norcrosses are co-chairing the campaign with Sal Paolantonio, a member of the Cooper Hospital Foundation board of trustees. As part of their pledge, George and Sandra Norcross presented a check for $1 million to the hospital.

The pledge coincides with the recent accreditation of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and the announcement of the new Cooper Cancer Institute. The Cooper Medical School, an initiative led by George Norcross’s father nearly 40 years ago, will be the first new medical school in New Jersey in more than 30 years and one of only 135 in the country. It will admit its first class in the fall of 2012.

The new $100 million Cooper Cancer Institute in Camden will break ground in April 2012 and is expected to open in the fall of 2013. A cancer center and the expansion of its Voorhees campus program will provide world class cancer care close to home.

“This check and our pledge is a way to honor our past, while calling the next generations into action,” said George Norcross. “We are doing this in the names of our parents, George and Carol Norcross; John and Doris Triem; and the entire Norcross family. It was my father’s original dream that Cooper, to which he had dedicated so much of his life as a trustee and advocate, would become the backbone of a new future for Camden and the entire South Jersey community.”

The initial donation and pledge comes amid continued momentum in the hospital’s $600 million expansion of The Cooper Health Sciences Campus, comprising 20 square blocks in downtown Camden – the most dramatic physical expansion and improvement in the area in decades. Through partnerships with city, county, and state agencies, and numerous community partners, the investment in the neighborhood has resulted in the rehabilitation of local parks, pedestrian-friendly streets and housing.


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