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Christie: Rutgers Should Get Much of UMDNJ

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would like to hand much of New Jersey's public hospital system and medical school over to Rutgers, the state-run university.

Governor Christie wants Rutgers to take over three of the largest and best regarded components of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the School of Public Health and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey are located very close to the flagship Rutgers campus in New Brunswick.

The high-profile schools could potentially bring millions of dollars to Rutgers, which doesn't have a medical school.

But opponents said the move would leave the remaining parts of the hospital system in low-income communities in Newark and Camden with even less means to support themselves.

Governors James McGreevey and John Corzine both proposed even more extensive mergers with Rutgers, but those efforts died from lack of political support.

Christie says he'll submit a plan to the Legislature to begin the merger process. So far, he hasn't said what the move would cost — or how much it would eventually save.

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Polly Thomas from Newark, NJ

Dear Sir or Madam:

Your on air news reporters keep calling UMDNJ a "medical school". UMDNJ is (was) the nation's largest university devoted to health care. We include TWO medical schools (New Jersey Medical School in Newark and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway); a School of Nursing in Newark; New Jersey Dental School in Newark; School for Health Related Professions; a School of Public Health in Piscataway, Newark, and Stratford; and the Graduate School of Biological Sciences.

Please ask your on air commentators to correct this inaccuarcy.

Sincerely, Polly Thomas, MD (Associate Professor, NJMS and SPH)

Aug. 23 2012 07:25 AM

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