By Leslie Brody, Staff Writer. The Record.

More than a dozen union representatives, Newark residents and other advocates on Tuesday stressed the importance of bolstering University Hospital, concerned that services for the poor might be hurt by a reorganization plan for the state’s medical school system.

Denise Rodgers, interim president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, argued for more state funding for University Hospital — UMDNJ’s debt-ridden teaching hospital and the state’s largest charity-care provider — because the school “can no longer afford to subsidize it.”

The hospital needs more support, she said, especially as the federal health care law takes effect and increases competition among health care providers.


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