Sandra and George Norcross said Thursday they are giving $5 million to Cooper University Hospital, which is in the midst of a $600 million expansion project. Norcross, a Democratic power broker in South Jersey, is chair of Cooper's board.

The couple presented a $1 million check to the hospital. Theirs is the first commitment to Cooper's $50 million capital campaign.

Cooper will break ground on a new Cooper Cancer Institute next spring. Cooper Medical School of Rowan University was recently accredited.