The Norcross family has a multi-generational legacy of involvement with Cooper University Hospital and has avidly supported the hospital since 1976, when George E. Norcross Jr. joined the Board of Trustees. From that year forward, the family has devoted countless resources to help maintain and foster research, education and top-quality medical care in the City of Camden, consistently striving to improve the quality of life in Camden and its surrounding communities.
George E. Norcross III currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Health System and Cooper University Hospital and Phillip Norcross serves on the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Foundation. During their years of service, Cooper transformed into a top-tier tertiary academic medical center; launched the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, the first new medical school in New Jersey in 30 years; and opened the MD Anderson Cooper Cancer Center. In 2015, George was appointed to the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors whose goal is to end cancer both locally and globally.
Recently, George E. Norcross III received the prestigious Seven Seals Award given by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Employer Support for National Guard and Reserve in recognition of Cooper’s Veterans VIP Program. The Program promises same day service for area veterans seeking primary care as well as dedicated health professionals to assist them with their overall healthcare needs. It is believed the Cooper program was the first in the nation to guarantee same day primary care to veterans.
In addition, Sandra and George Norcross serve as co-chairs of The Cooper Gala, which is the largest fundraising event in South Jersey each year and has raised over $6 million to benefit Cooper University Health Care. In addition to supporting The Cooper Foundation, in 2011, in honor of their parents, Sandra and George announced a $5 million pledge to Cooper. It was the first commitment in a $50 million capital campaign to help fund the rapid expansion of one of New Jersey’s preeminent academic medical centers.
Not only did the Norcross family fight to keep Cooper in Camden, they were instrumental in the development of the Cooper Health Sciences Campus in Camden. The campus, which boasts the $220 million Roberts Pavilion, a VA clinic, and new landscaping, parks, lighting and street improvements, also houses the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
The Norcross Foundation hears countless stories of individuals whose lives were saved as a result of the care they received at Cooper. It is these stories, coupled with the talented physicians, nurses and staff, that inspire The Foundation to continue to help make Cooper the best possible healthcare system in the region.