Christie signs bill overhauling paramedic services in Camden

Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill that will overhaul who runs emergency paramedic services in the city of Camden.

Christie signs bill overhauling paramedic services in Camden

Christie signs bill overhauling paramedic services in Camden

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill that will overhaul who runs emergency paramedic services in the city of Camden.

The new rules signed into law on Monday could also benefit a frequent Christie ally: Democratic powerbroker George Norcross.

Currently, the Newark-based University Hospital provides ambulances in the city, while the Marlton-based Virtua provides paramedics, who provide care for patients but not transportation.

The new law will give the state's three Level 1 trauma centers exclusive rights to provide both kinds of emergency medical services in their cities.

The state's other two Level 1 trauma centers already operate the paramedic services in their cities.

The move is seen as a boon to Cooper University Hospital. Norcross is the chairman of the hospital's board.

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