Health Care

South County Hospital wants to clarify how it plans to work with other health care systems. Hospital officials now say the word “partnership” doesn’t adequately describe their plans.

South County Hospital CFO Tom Breen recently told Rhode Island Public Radio his organization wants to partner with another, larger health care system to improve service for patients. South County CEO Lou Giancola now says the word “partner” doesn’t mean the hospital is looking for a new owner.

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Secular and religious factions are forming over proposed “right to die” legislation making its way through the Senate. A hearing on the proposed bill is slated for Thursday. The proposed legislation would allow terminally ill, mentally sound patients to end their lives with the help of a physician.

The Rhode Island Catholic Conference is a vocal critic of the legislation, saying it violates the sanctity of life.

There’s only one independent hospital left in Rhode Island. But South County Hospital is ramping up efforts to find a partner.

South County Hospital in Wakefield has been looking for a partner to help boost its prospects. At one time the 100-bed facility was reportedly exploring a relationship with an out-of-state health system. But South County CFO Tom Breen says he’d like to find a local partner.

“We are still looking," said Breen. "Again we certainly feel there are great systems in Rhode Island. How we work with them has yet to be determined.”

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Woonsocket-based CVS Health has agreed to acquire a provider of nursing home pharmacy services. The acquisition of Omnicare expands a growing line of business for the pharmacy giant.

On Tuesday, two Rhode Island House committees will take another close look at Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed budgets for Medicaid and the state’s health and human services agency. The Senate heard similar proposals last week.

The hearings offer another opportunity for public testimony and committee members’ questions before the budgets hit the full House and Senate for consideration.

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