University Hospital Will Remain Part of UMDNJ Under Merger, President Says

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Newark’s largest hospital will remain part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey if the controversial plan to reorganize the state’s higher education system moves forward, the school’s president said today.

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has agreed to amend the original reorganization plan and allow UMDNJ to keep University Hospital under its umbrella, even if another hospital system comes in as a partner, said Denise Rodgers, the university’s interim president.

"University Hospital is going to remain a part of UMDNJ and there will not be a structural change," Rodgers said.

The news was revealed during a public hearing at Newark City Hall. That meeting was convened by Essex County lawmakers who had vowed to block the higher education restructuring if it negatively affected health care in Newark.

Under the original plan, Rutgers University’s Camden campus would merge with Rowan University in South Jersey. In Central Jersey, Rutgers University would take over UMDNJ’s New Brunswick and Piscataway-based medical school, cancer institute and public health school.

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