- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - An appeals court in New Jersey has overturned a lower court ruling and upheld a law allowing Cooper University Hospital to provide emergency medical services in Camden.

Thursday’s decision means Cooper’s paramedics and emergency medical technicians will continue to serve the city.

The legislation allowed Cooper to take over life-support services from Virtua Health System. The chairman of Cooper’s board is George Norcross, a Democratic Party powerbroker with deep influence in the Statehouse.

The law gives hospitals with Level 1 trauma centers the right to run ambulance and paramedic services in their host communities. It was challenged by Virtua and Capital Health System, which provides paramedic services in Hamilton Township. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has a facility there and could take over its paramedic service.

Virtua says it’s disappointed in the ruling.

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