The ribbon was cut today on the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, a new four-story, $100 million cancer treatment center in Camden.
The 103,00-square-foot center is the result of a partnership between Camden-based Cooper University Health Care and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Cooper chairman George Norcross, III said today that while local residents might not yet be familiar with MD Anderson and its reputation, it won't take long for them to get acquainted.
"I can assure you in the next several weeks, everyone in this region is going to know who the number one cancer center is in the United States and certainly the new cancer center in this region," Norcross said.
Pointing to the center's opening as another example of new and recent development in the city, Norcross said he "couldn't be prouder."
Echoing Norcross' point was mayor Dana Redd, who noted "Now we are moving Camden forward."
Joining representatives from MD Anderson and Cooper today were Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews.
"Once again, we're feeling some hope about Camden's future," Christie said.
Menendez said the partnership between Cooper and MD Anderson was "not simply an affiliation," but instead a "fulfillment of hope and possibility."
The partnership will also expand its reach to the cancer center satellite hub on Cooper's campus in Voorhees. According to provided statistics, Cooper employs over 5,700 workers and offers 600 licensed beds at its Camden hospital.
MD Anderson says that in 2012, roughly 115,000 people sought care from the cancer center, with approximately one-third of all being new patients. It is designated by Congress as one of the 41 national comprehensive cancer institutes.