By Desiree Taylor
Gov. Chris Christie joined federal, state and local officials for today’s groundbreaking of the Cooper Cancer Institute. The four-story 103,050 square-foot facility will be located just steps from Cooper University Hospital on the Health Sciences Campus. The new facility will provide a full range of specialists and cancer care services in one place. Currently, specialists at the hospital treat patients in Camden and Voorhees.
“Cooper Health’s dedication, for 125 years now, bridges excellence in medicine with community engagement,” said Christie. He called the $100 million Cancer Institute a worthy investment in an economically depressed city that has often been overlooked in the past. Democratic State Sen. Donald Norcross noted the economic benefits of the project which is expected to create hundreds of jobs. His brother, political power broker George Norcross, who chairs Cooper’s Board of Trustees, says equally important are the investments Cooper has made in around the neighborhood.
The new Cooper Cancer Institute is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.