When Rachel Cooper was just two months old,
the doctors at Montefiore performed a
tracheotomy, which saved her life. It seems
appropriate, then, that the Foundation
established in her name would begin by supporting
programs at Montefiore Medical Center.
Our Foundation supported a number of
projects at Montefiore, a children’s
playroom, a pediatric clinic and a pediatric
stress test lab, during our early years.
When plans were announced to build the new
state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital we were
invited to provide support for the
establishment of a pediatric heart center in
exchange for it being named for Rachel. We
contributed one million dollars to that
Montefiore Medical Center and its physicians
have long been leaders in Pediatric
Cardiology and the management of the child
with congenital or acquired heart disease.
The doctors at Montefiore collaborate across
disciplines to provide the most efficient
care to their patients with congenital cardiac
defects and are leaders in their field.
One of the first Cardiac Catheterization
Laboratories for children was established at
Montefiore. Their doctors were among the
first surgeons to implant pacemakers in
children and most recently, have been
approved by the New York State Department of
Health to perform pediatric heart
The philosophy of the staff at the Rachel
Cooper Pediatric Heart Center is to provide
family-centered care as well as education
about a child's current heart problems, and
education to prevent heart problems later.
The Rachel Cooper Foundation has supported the doctors at Montefiore in
saving children’s lives as they once saved