Cooper Then and Now

Cooper University Health Care has come a long way since it opened its doors in 1887.  Compare Cooper and Camden over the years to today in the photos below.


Camden’s waterfront of 1845 shows a bustling, lively city on the Delaware River. Today, the waterfront is bustling once more with new businesses moving to and building new in Camden. The national headquarters of American Water, the Triad 1828 office building, and the Hilton Garden Inn, along with parks and walking paths, are just some of the projects contributing to the revitalization of the city.


The Cooperation was the printed employee newsletter in the 1950s. Employee communication is now completely digital with two weekly email newsletters and Pulse+, the employee mobile app.


An operating room in the Dorrance Building from 1942 compared to the high-tech imaging and equipment of one of Cooper’s current hybrid ORs illustrates just how far surgical technology has evolved over that last 80 years. 


Cooper ambulance through the ages: In the 1850s, a horse pulled the ambulance; 1926 brought a motorized ambulance; today’s ambulance, with bright Cooper branding, ensures that our EMS team members are always at the ready. 


Cooper has a long history of supporting our military. During World War II, the doctors and nurses of Cooper’s 61st Station Hospital camp ministered to American troops in Algeria. Today, Cooper is proud to employ veterans and active military from every branch of the armed services as part of our Cooper team. Cooper also provides special health programs for military personnel and their families, and trains medical teams from all branches of service. Pictured is Dr. John Chovanes, founding Medical Director of Cooper’s Section of Military, Diplomatic, and Field Affairs, during one of his six tours of duty in Afghanistan.