Robert Hockel
Senior Vice President, Hospital Operations

Mr. Hockel is responsible for leading overall hospital operations to support an outstanding patient, physician, and employee experience. He has direct responsibility for hospital inpatient and outpatient operations strategy and performance, including radiology services, laboratory, pharmacy, food and nutrition, environmental services, retail services, security, parking, plant operations and maintenance, and facilities construction and planning.  

Mr. Hockel brings more than 28 years of leadership experience to Cooper University Health Care. As a servant leader, he has led teams that have produced exceptional quality and safety, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement results.

Prior to joining Cooper, Mr. Hockel served in a number of senior leadership roles during a 15-year career at Virtua Health including vice president of Operations, vice president of Ambulatory Services and Development, and his most recent role as vice president and site administrator at the Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, NJ. He was responsible for the development and operation of three new big-box ambulatory centers totaling more than 800,000 square feet, and the launch of multiple new programs and services. Prior to Virtua, Mr. Hockel spent 12 years with Marriott International and Sodexo.

Mr. Hockel has served as a board member for the Greater Camden Partnership, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, and also served as a member of the Camden Higher Education and Health Care Task Force. He has also served on multiple joint-venture surgery-center boards including president of the Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Mr. Hockel is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a member of the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley (HLNDV), and completed his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training at Villanova University. He attended Penn State University and completed his degree in business management at the University of Phoenix. Mr. Hockel holds a master of business administration from Saint Joseph’s University.