Methodist Healthcare System | Keeping Well | Fall 2018

Articles in Keeping Well do not necessarily represent the opinions of doctors practicing at Methodist Healthcare facilities. FOR THE PAST YEAR, Northeast Methodist Hospital has very visibly been changing its exterior with construc- tion of a major emergency department expansion, slated for completion later this year. In June, however, a less externally visible presence became part of this hospital’s infrastructure. That’s when Carnell Cooper, MD, became Northeast Methodist Hospital’s dedi- cated Chief Medical Officer (CMO), a new position for this hospital that has proudly served the Tri-County com- munities for more than three decades. As CMO, Dr. Cooper will work with hospital CEO Michael Beaver and other senior leaders in assessing the medical needs of the people it serves. These include Texans living in northeast Bexar County, northwest Guadalupe County, and west Comal County— the second fastest growing county in the U.S. Dr. Cooper will set the standards for the professional clinical staff in helping to ensure that the medical needs of these com- munities are being addressed. Dr. Cooper accepted the responsibilities of CMO with 25 years’ experience serving in multiple medical executive capacities for healthcare systems in Baltimore, Maryland. During this same time, Dr. Cooper taught at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Mary- land’s School of Medicine, where he created the Violence Intervention Program to assist victims of intentional vio- lent injury. This hospital-based program provides expert multidisciplinary support from a team working towards the shared goal of helping victims make critical changes in their lives. He was named a CNN Hero in the Commu- nity Crusader category in 2009 for this work. Dr. Cooper has led critical studies and published extensively on the impact of violence on victims and has been honored by the American Red Cross as a Hometown Hero. DR. CARNELL COOPER JOINS NORTHEAST METHODIST HOSPITAL AS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER Concurrent with his civilian professional service, he served in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps from 1988 to 2003. Dr. Cooper received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Yale University, where he later served as chief resident. He was a fellow in Surgical Care/Trauma at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Service Systems, then a research fellow in the Depart- ment of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Cooper is now a proud citizen of Texas, along with his wife and three daughters. And we are so very proud he is now part of the Northeast Methodist Hospital family. Northeast Methodist Hospital CEO Michael Beaver (L) joined the hospital’s new Chief Medical Officer Dr. Carnell Cooper (R) in the Schertz 4th of July Jubilee. Chief Nursing Officer Holly Weber-Johnson did the driving. Information in KEEPING WELL comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your healthcare provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. 2018 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. FALL 2018 KEEPING WELL is published as a community service for the friends and patrons of METHODIST HEALTHCARE, 8109 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78229, telephone 210-575-0355 , websit e . Allen Harrison President and CEO Palmira Arellano Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations METHODIST HEALTHCARE SYSTEM 8109 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78229 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID San Antonio, TX Permit No. 1409 M e t h o d i s t H e a l t h c a r e K E E P I N G W E L L 8 F A L L 2 0 1 8